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Richy retires 16 straight to help Quakes win their 8th in a row

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John Richy
John Richy

Player of the day

John Richy had a rough April with a 6.35 ERA and .304 BAA for Rancho Cucamonga. But May has been much better (2.35 ERA and .235 BAA). On Monday night, Richy, Dodgers' 2014 third round pick, gave up two runs but after that, Richy retired the last 16 hitters he saw. In eight innings, besides the two runs,  Richy allowed four hits, three walks and struck out three.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers were trying to win their series against the Iowa Cubs but unlike the first two games, this time the Cubs prevailed 3-2.

Zach Lee pitched 6⅔ innings, allowing 11 hits, three runs and five strikeouts. The number of hits and strikeouts continued a May trend, this month, Lee has pitched 21⅔ innings and allowed 26 hits and struck out 15. In April, in 25 innings, Lee gave up 19 hits and struck out 24.

Darnell Sweeney was 2-for-4, Chris Heisey hit his 8th home run and Corey Seager was 1-for-4.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers scored four runs in the first but a pair of three run innings pushed the Springfield Cardinals to a 7-4 win.

It was a bullpen game for the Drillers due to Julio Urias, the scheduled starter, being placed on the disabled list for elective eye surgery.

A quartet of Driller pitchers took the mound and three of them gave up a run or more. Steve Smith and Jeremy Horst each allowed three runs, Horst gave up his in the eighth inning that gave the Drillers the win.

The first inning barrage began with two singles and a walk to load the bases, Yadir Drake walked to force in the first run. A sacrifice fly scored the second run. Brandon Dixon doubled in the third and fourth run.

But after that, the only other hit was a Dixon single as the Drillers were retired in order six of the final eight times at bat.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes have played eight games against the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) at their home ballpark. On Monday night, they drew a pair of eights as the Quakes beat the Storm 5-2. That win was not only the Quakes eighth straight win it was also kept them a perfect eight-for-eight at home against the Storm.

John Richy allowed two runs in the second but after retiring the last batter in the second, Richy would retire the next 18 out of 19 batters including the final 16. Richy won his fifth game of the season and Ramon Benjamin got the save.

Outfielder Federico Celli played his first 2015 game and went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. Dillon Moyer went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Brandon Trinkwon had a 2-for-3 night.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

Loons pitcher Kevin Guzman had a solid start, he gave up two earned runs in six innings. But the Dayton Dragons (Reds) got better pitching and won 3-1.

Dragons pitcher Tyler Mahle had a dominant start, Mahle allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out nine in seven innings. Their bullpen did give up a run in the ninth but that wasn't enough.

Alex Santana went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Transactions

Triple-A: None

Double-A: Pitcher Steve Smith assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City; Pitcher Julio Urias placed on disabled list.

Class-A: Pitcher Brock Stewart assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Great Lakes.

Lo-Class-A: LHP Roberth Fernandez assigned to Great Lakes from DSL Dodgers; in a paper transaction, catcher Austin Chubb assigned to Ogden; infielder Tyler Wampler retired.

Monday box scores

Iowa 3, Oklahoma City 2

Springfield 7, Tulsa 4

Rancho Cucamonga 5, Lake Elisnore 2

Dayton 3, Great Lakes 1

Tuesday schedule

4:00 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Roberth Fernandez) at Dayton (Wyatt Strahan)

4:30 p.m.: Tulsa (Deck McGuire) at Springfield (Nick Petree)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (TBD) vs. Iowa (TBD)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Zachary Bird) at Inland Empire (Angels) (Harrison Cooney)