Player of the day
Mike Bolsinger dominated for the second time this season, and over 11 innings in 2015 he has allowed just three hits while striking out 17.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Different opponent, same score, as the Dodgers won 3-2 for the second day in a row, this time beating the Iowa Cubs. Bolsinger was extremely effective for the second time this week, tossing five scoreless frames while punching out eight and allowing just two hits. The recently-demoted Carlos Frias followed and gave up an unearned run in two innings of relief and stuck out three, then David Aardsma recorded his third save of the year with a flawless ninth, thanks in part to this great catch in left field by O`Koyea Dickson:
David Aardsma (@TheDA53) April 18, 2015
Chris Heisey starred on offense as he went 2-for-4 with his third homer of the young season. Darnell Sweeney had the only other noteworthy game at the plate as he was 3-for 5-with a double, a stolen base and a run batted in.
The Drillers crushed the Missions (Padres) 14-3 on Friday. Tulsa accumulated 17 hits, including four by Daniel Mayora Lars Anderson went deep as well and drove in five, while Cory Seager knocked in three despite going just 1-for-4.
On the mound starter Deck McGuire allowed just one run over seven innings, picking up his second win of the season. Chris Reed closed out the blowout with 1⅔ solid frames, striking out three along the way.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes scored seven early runs then held off the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) 9-2 on Friday. Catcher Kyle Farmer drove in more than half of the runs despite going just 1-for-3, while Brandon Trinkwon was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored.
On the mound Scott Barlow recorded the win, allowing just four hits over five frames. Victor Araujo tossed three shutout innings in relief, while Rob Rogers did not give up a run for the third time this season.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons walked off with a 5-4 win over the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) in a Friday matinee, although the victory didn't come without some late pain. In the bottom of the 11th, the Great Lakes hitters managed a couple of one-out singles to put the winning run in scoring position. Mike Ahmed was then hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Kelvin Ramos was beaned as well to push across the game winner.
Karch Kowalczyk picked up the win after tossing three scoreless innings of relief, which continued the Loons bullpen's amazing start to the season. Great Lakes relievers have not allowed an earned run in 32⅓ innings to start the season (outside of the home run allowed Thursday by first baseman Josmar Cordero). At the dish Alex Verdugo continued the hot start with a single and a double, while Scott De Jong was 3-for-5.
Triple-A: With reliever Adam Liberatore getting recalled to Los Angeles, Carlos Frias was added back to the Oklahoma City roster.
Double-A: Daniel Corcino, who was claimed off waivers from the Reds on Friday, was optioned to Double-A Tulsa, though he hasn't yet been added to the Drillers' roster.
Friday box scores
Saturday schedule & pitchers
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Grant Holmes) at South Bend (Zach Hedges)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa () at San Antonio (Elliot Morris)
5:08 p.m.: Oklahoma City () at Iowa ( )
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Justin Livengood) vs. Lake Elsinore (Michael Johnson)