RANCHO CUCAMONGA — The Quakes won 6-1 over Lake Elsinore to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five series for the California League’s South Division title. Ryan Chaffee allowed one run on two hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and four walks. Gabe Jacobo homered and tripled. Dillon Baird also homered.
The Quakes can take the series and advance to the championship round with a win at home tonight. Manuel Flores (5-9, 4.23 ERA) is the announced starting pitcher against Matt Lollis, who didn’t pitch in the Cal League this year but was 5-2 with a 1.66 ERA in nine starts for Ft. Wayne in the Low-A Midwest League. If the Quakes lose, Game #5 is tomorrow night at Lake Elsinore.
The winner goes on to face the San Jose Giants, who swept Modesto 3-0 for the North Division title. San Jose has a rich chapter in Angels’ minor league history. It was the Angels’ first California League affiliate in 1962. Then known as the Bees, they won the league pennant that year, the first Angels team to win a title. In 2010, their manager is Brian Harper, who was drafted in 1977 by the California Angels and played briefly in the majors for the parent club before he was traded to Pittsburgh in December 1981 for Tim Foli. Harper returned to the fold in 2001 as the manager of the Rookie-A Mesa Angels for five years and managed Triple-A Salt Lake in 2007.