Player of the day
Randy Fontanez. Who? Originally signed by the Mets as a 27th round pick in the 2011 draft, Fontanez joined the Dodgers this past off-season as a minor league Rule 5 pick. After five solid relief appearance with the Quakes, Randy was promoted to OKC where he has thrown very well. In five innings on Saturday Fontanez allowed just one hit over five innings, and his WHIP for the season is just 0.62.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers scored all of their runs in the first inning, but that was all they needed as Oklahoma City downed Omaha 6-1 on Saturday. Five batters in the Dodgers already had a two-run lead thanks to a RBI single by O'Koyea Dickson and a based loaded walk by Buck Britton. Soon thereafter Scott Schebler crushed a 3-run bomb, his 6th homer of the year, and that sealed the victory.
On the mound starter Randy Fontanez basically matched Zach Lee from the night before by tossing five shutout innings of one-hit ball, although he was even better as he didn't walk a batter. Steve Smith allowed the lone run in relief, while Chris Reed lowered his ERA to 1.80 with a scoreless frame out of the bullpen.
The Drillers evened their record at 14 with a 5-1 win over the Cardinals. Brandon Dixon went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in two of the Tulsa runs, while Yadir Drake also plated a pair. Luis Mateo had two hits as well and his solo homer completed the scoring in this contest.
Starter Jeremy Kehrt won his second game of the season after allowing just one run on four hits over six innings. Blake Smith and Jeremy Horst both kept their ERA below one with a scoreless frame each, while Ralston Cash also pitched a perfect frame in the victory.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes out-hit and out-scored the Mavericks (Rangers) on Saturday in route to a 9-3 victory. It has been an up and down month for Rancho as they have alternated wins and loses since the start of May, but at 17 and 13 overall they are currently sitting at the top of their division. Brandon Trinkwon and Dillion Moyer led the way with three hits each, although Cody Bellinger finish with three RBI's thanks to an RBI groundout, a RBI single, and a solo homer.
The rehabbing Kenley Jansen started the game and went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first, the front end of a back-to-back test. Jeff Brigham picked up the win after allowing three runs over five frames, while Rob Rogers tossed a scoreless ninth to decrease his ERA to 1.15.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
Grant Holmes had a solid outing on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Loons fell to the Captains (Indians) 6 to 4. The 2014 first round pick struck out a season high seven batters over five solid innings, allowing just two runs on four hits. Reliever Joe Broussard permitted four runs in relief, however, and that was too much for the Great Lakes offense to overcome.
Both Johan Mieses and Mike Ahmed had big games at the dish as each of them homered as part of a 2-for-4 night, but that was it for the hitting highlights. Ahmed also doubled, walked, and stole his 11th base of the season which ranks as third best in the league.
Triple-A: Joe Weiland returned to Oklahoma City.
Double-A: Jarek Cunningham was promoted from Rancho, while Delvis Morales was moved to Ogden in a paper move.
Lo-Class-A: Brant Whiting returned to the Loons while the struggling Julian Leon was sent back to extended spring training.
Saturday box scores
Rancho Cucamonga 9, High Desert 3
12:05 p.m. PT: Oklahoma City (TBD) at Omaha (John Lamb)
12:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Dustin Richardson) vs. Springfield (Andrew Morales)
1:35 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Jose De Leon) at High Desert (Richelson Pena)