Sunday the Dodgers minor league affiliates were highlighted by a pair of starting pitching performances.
Player of the day
Jose De Leon said he "did not have [his] fastball command or [his] offspeed command" on Sunday afternoon but he was still able to strike out eight and allow just one run. De Leon picked up his third straight win as he was able to keep the Quakes in the game in his 5⅔ innings by changing speeds.
"I'm a true believer that the hitters will tell you how hard you are throwing, sometimes you got a guy throwing 97-98 and getting hit and sometimes you see hitters swing right through 88-90," De Leon said. "It's all about location and getting hitters off balance."
De Leon spoke highly about Quake's pitching coach Bill Simas, who also coached De Leon at Great Lakes in 2014.
"I love Billy, he really understands the game and he really helps me out," De Leon said, "Having a guy that you'll be able to build that confidence with, it's great."
De Leon does not how far he'll advance in 2015, but was asked whether he can pitch in the majors this year.
"It's all about what [the Dodgers] see. I believe that I can pitch in the big leagues this year but it is not in my control," De Leon said, "I just keep my mind on what I can control there's no point my thinking ahead, I have keep thinking about now."
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers scored five runs with two out in the first inning but had to hang on to beat the Cubs 7-5. P.J. Walters got the win and David Aardsma picked up his eleventh save.
In the first inning, singles by Corey Seager and O'Koyea Dickson plus Scott Schebler getting hit by a pitch, loaded the bases. Kyle Jensen would single in the first run. Andy Wilkins got his first of two big hits when he singled in two more runs. Walters would drive in the fourth and fifth runs of the inning when he singled.
The Cubs made it close when they scored four runs in the fifth. Wilkins got his second big hit when he hit a solo home run to make it a two-run game again.
Both teams would score single runs in the sixth inning but after that, the Dodger bullpen held the Cubs scoreless.
The Drillers and Travelers (Angels) each scored just one run through ten innings but then the Travelers pushed across a run to beat the Drillers 2-1 in 11 innings.
Chris Anderson pitched a season high eight innings and gave up one run, six hits, one walk while striking out five. Juan Gonzalez returned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City and continued his scoreless streak as he pitched two innings. Blake Smith took the loss as he pitched the 11th inning and gave up the winning run on one hit and two walks.
Brandon Dixon went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Daniel Mayora also got two hits.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes defeated the Storm (Padres) 4-3 to win their seventh straight game. I covered that game and my recap is here.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons scored three runs in the first but after the Cubs tied it, the Loons scored four more runs to win 7-4. Kyle Hooper picked up the win in relief and Karch Kowalczyk got his fourth save.
Doubles by Johan Mieses, Josmar Cordero and Jacob Scavuzzo were the key hits in the three run first inning.
After the Cubs tied the game in the fifth, the Loons scored two runs in the sixth. Brant Whiting hit his first home run of the season with Scavuzzo aboard to make it 5-3.
The Cubs would score a run in the seventh but then the Loons countered by scoring single runs in the seventh and eighth to give the Loons a three-run lead going to the ninth.
Mike Ahmed was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Scavuzzo went 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and a walk.
Class-A: Outfielder Devan Ahart was placed on disabled list; outfielder Federico Celli assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Extended Spring Training.
Lo-Class-A: Outfielder Alex Verdugo activated from disabled list; Brian Wolfe assigned to Extended Spring Training.
Sunday box scores
Rancho Cucamonga 4, Lake Elsinore 3Great Lakes 7, South Bend 4
4:00 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Kevin Guzman) at Dayton (Reds) (Tyler Mahle)
4:30 p.m.: Tulsa (Julio Urias) at Springfield (Cardinals) (Andrew Morales)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Zach Lee) vs. Iowa (Donn Roach)
7:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (John Richy) vs. Lake Elsinore (Ryan Butler)