Player of the day
In just his sixth game with the OKC Dodgers, Hector Olivera finished a double shy of a cycle on Friday and collected his second four-hit game of the week. Olivera is hitting .444 (12-for-27) with a home run and two doubles in six games in Triple-A, and hitting .388/.423/.551 in 12 games in the minors.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma City Dodgers erupted for 14 hits on Friday in a 6-3 win over the Redbirds (Cardinals). Player of the day Olivera finished was 4-for-5 and finished a double shy of the cycle in what can be described as his best game since joining the organization. Corey Seager drove him in once with a RBI single, while Austin Barnes was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI's.
On the mound it was a trio of rehabbing Dodgers who started this game, beginning with Pedro Baez who allowed a hit in a scoreless first inning. Joel Peralta gave up two hits and a run during the second frame, then Brandon League couldn't make it through the third as he walked a pair and gave up a run. Regularly schedule starter Deck McGuire picked up the win after permitting four hits and one run over five innings. Chin-hui Tsao got into a little trouble in the ninth but managed to get out of the jam and record his fifth save of the season.
The Drillers and Travelers (Angels) finally got to play on Friday, and the result was a split of their double-header.
In the first game Tulsa starter Ross Stripling got hit hard early in his return to Double-A and allowed three quick runs, but he settled down to retire the final six batters he faced. Ryan Dennick tossed two shutout frames in relief. The offense was very quiet in the 4-0 shutout loss, although catchers Kyle Farmer and Shawn Zarraga (the DH in this game) both went 2-for-3.
In game two Tulsa was the one to get off to a hot start as Lars Anderson connected on a solo shot in the second inning, then Kyle Farmer drilled a three-run bomb for his first homer of the season. That was pretty much all the offense that was needed in the Dillers' 5-2 victory as starter Chris Anderson made the runs stand up. Anderson was one out shy of pitching a shortened seven inning complete game as he allowed four hits and two runs over six plus innings. Jeremy Horst ended up getting the final out for his fifth save of the season.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes scored five runs in the top of the first inning, yet still lost to the Rawhide (Dbacks) 10-6. Joey Curletta had the big hit in the opening frame as he crushed a three run homer. Paul Hoenecke and Josmar Cordero both went 2-for-4 with a double each.
On the mound starter Brock Stewart was staked to a big league, but he also got hit hard in the early going and ended up allowing four runs in less than two frames. Joe Broussard actually took the loss in relief while Victor Araujo had the best pitching outing by allowing just one run over three frames.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons put up a five spot in the eighth inning to defeat the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 6-1 and move closer to a playoff spot. Leadoff man Alex Verdugo was the offensive hero in this one as he doubled in his club's first run in the third, then singled in two more runs in the eight to complete a 3-for-5 night. Shortstop Cristian Gomez also had a big night at the dish as he doubled twice, drove in a run, and scored a couple of runs.
Great Lakes starter Trevor Oaks tossed a great game as he did not allow a run over five frames to lower his season ERA to 2.89. J.D. Underwood gave up a run during his two innings of work, but he picked up the win thanks to the Loons late scoring.
The Raptors managed just one extra base hit on Friday in a 6-4 loss to the Owlz (Angels). Matt Jones went 2-f0r-4 with a double while both Scott De Jong and Matthew Beaty had two hits, but that was pretty much the extent of the offense in the loss.
On the mound starter Dennis Santana got hit hard in his first start of the season, allowing four hits and four runs over three frames. Bernardo Reyes and Osuna also threw three innings each, and while both gave up quite a few hits they each allowed just one run.
The Dominican Dodgers defeated the Orioles 6-4 behind the solid pitching of Adalberto Pena. After a couple of rough outings to being his career, the 20 year old Pena picked up his first win as a professional with five shutout innings while allowing just two hits and striking out seven. A trio of relievers all gave up runs in relief before Johan Diaz stepped in and recorded his fourth save of the season.
At the dish shortstop Cristian Santana was 3-for-4 with a double and drove in a pair, while his double play partner Jerson Dometilia also knocked two.
Triple-A: Brandon League and Pedro Baez joined Oklahoma City on rehab assignments.
Rookie Ogden: Pitchers John Cannon, Jose Capellan, and Takumi Numata were released, while Adam Bray (2015 33rd-round pick), Gregor Mora and MJ Villegas were added to the roster.
Friday box scores
3:05 p.m. PT: Doubleheader - Tulsa (Eric Stults, Rudy Owens) vs. Arkansas (Nate Smith, Alan Busenitz)
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Kevin Guzman) at Lansing (Shane Dawson)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Paco Rodriguez, Eric Surkamp) vs. Memphis (Nick Greenwood)
6:15 p.m.: Ogden (Jairo Pacheco) at Orem (Jared Ruxer)
7 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Luis De Paula) at Visalia (Blayne Weller)
7 p.m.: AZL Dodgers vs AZL White Sox - Season opener