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Strong starts by Chris Anderson, Scott Baker lead to wins

Anderson matches a career high with seven innings pitched in Drillers win, Baker pitches Dodgers to split their doubleheader, Quakes continue offensive outburst

Chris Anderson has won all three starts for Double-A Tulsa.
Chris Anderson has won all three starts for Double-A Tulsa.
Photo: Eric Stephen | True Blue LA

Scott Baker started the day with a near perfect game, Chris Anderson had a good start in Corpus Christi, and Rancho Cucamonga combined with Lancaster for a California League offensive show. The results was three wins in five games for Dodgers farm teams on Monday.

Player of the day

Scott Baker was within a strike of a perfect seven innings but instead he settled for the shutout. Baker gave up two hits and struck out four, the first hit by the major-league-bound Addison Russell with two outs in the seventh inning.

Here is a play that Baker made to keep his perfect game going.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Game 1: the Dodgers won the first game 8-0. Baker came within one strike of a perfect game.

Game 2: Despite hitting three home runs, the Dodgers fell short of sweeping the double header and the series as the Iowa Cubs beat the Dodgers 4-3 in extra innings.

Rudy Owens started and last four innings, allowing two runs, five hits and three walks while striking out five. Sergio Santos and Daniel Coulombe pitched well, allowing only one walk and striking out five in their three combined innings of work.

Kyle Jensen and Buck Britton hit solo home runs but the Dodgers were down to their last out in the 7th inning when Scott Schebler hit his first home run to send the game into extra innings.

The Cubs took the game in the ninth when Freddy Garcia gave up a sacrifice fly by Junior Lake to bring Mike Baxter home, denying Oklahoma City a series sweep.

Double-A Tulsa

Chris Anderson tied his career high by pitching seven innings as the Drillers won a pitching duel 2-1 against the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros). Anderson starts the season 3-0 after allowing a run on two hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.

Chris Reed pitched two shutout innings with a hit and strikeout to get his first save of the season.

With only five hits, it wasn't much an offensive night for the Drillers. Paul Hoenecke got the big hit, a two-run home run that gave Tulsa their two runs. Corey Seager started at third base and had one hit.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes batted around twice and won their sixth straight game, defeating the Lancaster JetHawks (Astros) 13-8.

After scoring 36 runs in their first four games of their opening homestand, the bats remained hot with seven runs in the bottom of first. Cody Bellinger and Tyler Ogle each hit two-run home runs and the Quakes had seven consecutive hits with two outs to score all the runs.

John Richy was not able to fully appreciate his bounty as he gave up two runs in the second inning and four runs in the third to make the score 7-6.

Picking up for Richy in the fourth, Victor Araujo brought some stability to the mound as the Quakes' right-handed reliever pitched three shutout innings.

In the bottom of sixth, the wheels came off the JetHawk defense as two errors helped the Quakes send 11 batters up and add six runs to retake a seven run lead.

Rob Rogers gave up single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to bring the JetHawks a little closer, but Jacob Rhame came in and struck out the side in the ninth to finish the game for the Quakes.

Five Quake players had multi-hit games, Kyle Farmer was 3 for 5, Devan Ahart, Jarek Cunningham, Yadir Drake (Cal League debut) and Tyler Ogle each had two hits.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons had no late inning magic on Monday night as they fell in their series finale 3-0 to the South Bend Cubs.  Victor Gonzalez started for Great Lakes and had some bad luck in the first inning. Walks and wild pitches led to runners on second and third with two outs and then the only hit of the frame, a single by Jesse Hodges, scored both to make it 2-0.

Gonzalez pitched only two innings, then Kyle Hooper and David Reid-Foley each pitched three innings and only gave up a run between them.

The Loons failure to hit with runners in scoring position (0-for-9) sealed their fate.  Alex Verdugo and Jacob Scavuzzo each went 2-for-4.


Double-A: Pitcher Juan Gonzalez placed on 7-day disabled list. Daniel Corcino was activated, giving Tulsa both new waiver claims from the Reds.

Class-A: Pitcher Jeff Brigham and outfielder Yadir Drake promoted from Great Lakes; released pitcher Jordan Hershiser, outfielder Ryan Garvey placed on 7-day disabled list.

Low-A: Pitcher Kyle Hooper activated from disabled list; outfielder Johan Mieses assigned from extended spring training.

Monday box scores

Game 1:  Oklahoma City 8, Iowa 0

Game 2:  Iowa 4, Oklahoma City 3 (9 innings)

Tulsa 2, Corpus Christi 1

Rancho Cucamonga 13, Lancaster 8

South Bend 3, Great Lakes 0

Tuesday schedule & pitchers

3:05 p.m. PT:  Great Lakes (Kevin Guzman) vs. West Michigan (Tigers) (Ross Seaton)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Carlos Frias) at Nashville (Athletics) (Angel Castro)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Julio Urias) at Corpus Christi (Kent Emanuel)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Zach Bird) vs. Lancaster (Michael Feliz)