Player of the day
Zack Bird allowed just two hits over six innings of work, striking out five and walking just one.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City scored a couple of runs in the 9th on Friday, but it wasn't enough as the Dodgers fell to the Sounds (A's) 3-2. OKC didn't score a run until the top of the 9th, and at that point it was too late for a comeback as Chin-hui Tsao tossed a wild pitch to end the contest.
Rehabbing starter Brandon Beachy allowed just two hits over four frames, permitting just one run.
Jharel Cotton tossed another solid game as the Drillers shutdown the Naturals (Royals) 5-1. Cotton gave up just one run over seven strong frames in his second start for Tulsa, permitting six hits and punching out four. Jorge De Leon and Ralston Cash recorded the final six outs without allowing a hit or a walk.
At the dish third baseman Jarek Cunningham contributed to the win with a two-run homer. Lars Anderson was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored, while Shawn Zarraga was a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Bird allowed just two hits on Friday as the Quakes defeated the Storm (Padres) 4-1. Bird struck out five over six frames and walked just one as Zach won his fourth game of the year. A.J. Vanegas picked up the win in relief while Ramon Benjamin picked up the save.
At the dish Brandon Trinkwon was 2-for-4 with a homer while Brandon Dixon knocked in a pair with a double and a single.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons bats were held silent for the first six innings on Friday, but the offense eventually came alive and scored a single run in the 7th, 8th, and 9th to walk-off against the TinCaps (Padres) 3-2. The game winning sequence actually started with nobody on and two outs in the bottom of the 9th. Walks to newcomer Matt Beaty and Julian Leon started the rally, then Federico Celli finished the game with a single to right, his second base knock of the game. Nobody else did much at the plate as Great Lakes was held without an extra base hit in their victory.
The only reason the Loons were even in this game was due to another outstanding start by Trevor Oaks. The 2014 7th round pick gave up just five hits and one run over seven innings, and has allowed one run or less in each of his last six starts. David Reid-Foley permitted a run in relief, but Scott Griggs tossed a scoreless 9th to pick his first win since 2013.
The Raptors started off strong on Friday, but they eventually fell the Owlz (Angels) 9-7. The Ogden offense scored four early runs thanks to three run homer by Matt Jones in the first inning, then Scott De Jong went deep as well and knocked in a trio.
Starter Victor Gonzalez gave up just one run over three frames, but reliever Bernardo Reyes got lit up for five runs in relief and took the loss. Colin Hering was responsible for the blown save while Ivan Vieitez took the loss in relief.
The Arizona Dodgers scored three runs in the top of the 8th to defeat the Reds 4-1. Dodger starter Jairo Heredia lasted just three innings in this contest, but he struck out a pair and allowed just three hits. Reliever Miguel Urena picked up the win with four shutout frames.
At the dish Shakir Albert was 2-for-4 with a couple of runs scored, while Gersel Pitre was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI's.
The Dominican Dodgers had an equal number of hits and errors on Friday, and that is never a good thing as they fell to the Mariners 6-2. Outfielder Romer Cuadrado was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a RBI, but that accounted for the entirety of the offense.
On the mound starter Gregorio Sequera lasted less than two innings and allowed two runs. Celis Flames gave up four scores in relief despite permitting just one hit thanks to an untimely homer.
Triple-A: Pitcher Ian Thomas was optioned back to OKC after Pedro Baez was activated from the DL. Joe Wieland was also placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to June 24th.
Class-A: RHP's Karch Kowalczyk and Kyle Hooper joined the Quakes after being promoted from Great Lakes. To make room on the roster, both Austin Chubb and Daniel Tillman were placed on the DL.
Low Class-A: 2015 picks Matt Beaty (12th) and Cameron Palmer (24th) were promoted from Ogden to take the spots of Kowalczyk and Hooper. James Campbell was also activated from the DL, while Michael Ahmed was placed on the DL.
Friday box scores
Rancho Cucamona 4, Lake Elsinore 1
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Kevin Guzman) vs. Fort Wayne (Brad Wieck)
4:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Jose De Leon) at NW Arkansas (Luke Farrell)
4:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Ian Thomas) at Nashville (Sean Nolin)
6 p.m.: Ogden (Roberth Fernandez) vs. Orem (Grayson Long)
6 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Brock Stewart) at Lake Elsinore (Matthew Shepherd)
7 p.m.: AZL Dodgers (TBD) vs. AZL Reds (TBD)