Player of the day
Corey Seager continued his dominance of Double-A by going 3-for-4 on Saturday with a pair of homers. The 20-year-old now leads the Texas League with a .433 average, and his 1.194 OPS ranks second in the circuit.
Here is video of both Seager home runs, courtesy of Charlie Hannema of KOTV television in Tulsa:
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma City Dodgers improved to a league best 13-4 mark thanks to a crazy 5-4 comeback victory against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals). After being shutout for seven innings, the Dodgers finally got on the board in the eighth thanks to an RBI single by Buck Britton.
They were still down by three heading into the bottom of the ninth, but OKC quickly loaded the bases with a single and two walks. A Darnell Sweeney double then plated two runs to bring his club to within one, followed by a RBI groundout by Britton to tie the game. Kyle Jensen finished the victory with a walk-off line drive single to right.
Starter Joe Wieland permitted three early runs in this game, but settled down and got through five innings without any more damage. Matt Shelton tossed two perfect frames in his Triple-A debut, and Adam Liberatore struck out three in his inning of work.
Seager put on another show on Saturday as he led the Drillers to a 4-3 victory over the Naturals (Royals). The top prospect had three hits, including the game tying homer in the fifth and the eventual game winning long ball in the seventh to almost single handedly win the game for his club. His second bomb was hit off a lefty.
The Tulsa bullpen also deserves some credit, however, as a trio of relievers held the opposition to just two hits over the final sox frames. Ralston Cash was nearly flawless over 3 innings of work, with his only blemish coming on a solo homer that he allowed, then Chris Reed was credited with the win with a couple of shutout frames. Blake Smith finished the game in fine fashion by striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth to record his third save of the season.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Craig was again in attendance for the Quakes 5-1 loss to the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres), and his detailed game recap can be found here.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons outhit the Captains (Indians) on Saturday, but that didn't translate to a win as Great Lakes fell to Lake County 5-2. Alex Verdugo went 2-for-5 with a triple and Josmar Cordero also had two hits including a double, but that was really it for the offensive highlights.
Triple-A: Pitchers Ramon Troncoso and Matt Shelton were promoted from Tulsa to OKC. Jorge De Leon was sent to the Drillers and Steve Smith was sent back to extended spring training. In addition, catcher Ralph Henriquez was placed on DL and outfielder Chris Heisey activated.
Mike Carp, who was signed to a minor league contract on Saturday, will report to Oklahoma City.
Double-A: In addition to the moves above, Randy Fontanez was assigned to Tulsa from Rancho Cucamonga
Class-A: Ramon Benjamin assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Ogden Raptors, reversing the paper move from the day before
Saturday box scores
10:30 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (Kevin Guzman) at Lake County (Dace Kime)
12:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Chris Anderson) vs. Northwest Arkansas (Miguel Almonte)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Carlos Frias) vs Omaha (Joe Blanton)
1:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Zack Bird) at Lake Elsinore (Ronald Herrera)