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Yasier Drake homers in Double-A Tulsa debut

25-year-old Cuban outfielder Yadir Drake went yard and collected three hits in his Double-A debut, already his third minor league level of 2015.

Yadir Drake went 3 for 4 with a 2-run homer in his AA debut
Yadir Drake went 3 for 4 with a 2-run homer in his AA debut
Great Lakes Loons

Player of the day

Yadir Drake went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in his Double-A Tulsa debut as he was one of the lone bright spots in the Drillers' loss.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City scored three early runs, then held on for a 5-4 win over Iowa (Cubs) on Friday.  The recently promoted Corey Seager singled in his first Triple-A at-bat, driving in a run while finishing the night 2-for-5. There wasn't much else in terms of Dodger offense as the club finished the game with just five hits.

On the bump starter Joe Wieland picked up the win after tossing five solid innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Chris Reed tossed two scoreless frames in his 2015 Pacific Coast League debut, while Josh Ravin picked up his second save of the season by recording four outs.

Double-A Tulsa

Chris Anderson and the Drillers were crushed by the Naturals (Royals) 10-3 on Friday. Anderson walked four and allowed seven hits in just three innings of work, permitting six runs along the way. Jorge De Leon and Ryan Dennick also struggled on the mound as the Tulsa pitchers just didn't have a good night.

At the dish left fielder Brian Burgamy finished the game 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Drake also had three hits in his Texas League debut, connecting on a homer and driving in all three Driller runs.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes shutout the 66ers (Angels) 6-0 on Friday despite recording just three hits. The rehabbing Kenley Janson started the game and tossed a shutout inning, allowing just one batter to reach base on a single. John Richy followed with 4⅔ scoreless frames that included eight punchouts, then Ramon Benjamin continued the shutout by blanking Inland Empire for 2⅓ innings.

As mentioned above the Quakes had just 3 base knocks in this game, yet scored five runs in the seventh thanks to three walks, three wild pitches, and and error. Webster Rivas had the only extra base hit for Rancho as he homered in the fifth inning.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons scored a couple of late runs, but it wasn't enough as Great Lakes fell to Dayton (Reds) 6 to 2. Justin Chigbogu, who has been ice cold to start the season, managed to lead the club on offense by going 2-for-4 with a double. Jacob Scavuzzon's late RBI triple was the only other offensive highlight for the Loons.

On the mound starter Victor Gonzalez lasted just four innings while allowing three runs on six hits. 2013 fifth round pick J.D. Underwood gave up his first run of the season in relief, but he pitched three innings and has an ERA of just 0.66 for the year.

Underwood also talked about his relationship with his late father as well as J.D.'s conversion to the bullpen with Hugh Bernreuter of

"I feel so much fresher this season, physically and mentally," J.D. Underwood said. "I'm not sure why, although relieving instead of starting might have helped that a little. I'm just a lot more comfortable this season."


Triple-A: Nate Samson, a minor league Rule 5 Draft pickup from Arizona in December, was assigned to Tulsa to make room for Corey Seager.

Double-A: Right-handed pitcher Fabio Martinez, outfielder Jon Garcia, and outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker were all released. Yadir Drake and Adam Law joined the club from Rancho Cucamonga to take those spots on the roster, along with pitcher Jorge De Leon and the aforementioned Samson.

Class-A: Jeremy Rathjen was assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Dodgers extended spring training. Kenley Jansen also joined the club on a rehab assignment.

Friday box scores

Oklahoma City 5, Iowa 4

Arkansas 10, Tulsa 3

Rancho Cucamonga 6, Inland Empire 0

Dayton 6, Great Lakes 2

Saturday schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Kevin Guzman) vs. Dayton (Tyler Mahle)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Julio Urias) at Northwest Arkansas (Matt Murray)

5:08 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Randy Fontanez) at Iowa (Tsuyoshi Wada)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Zack Bird) vs. Inland Empire (Harrison Cooney)