Player of the day
J.D. Underwood has been solid all season, but on Saturday he had his best effort of the season as he tossed three shutout innings and picked up his first save of the season. He also had an "Immaculate Inning" as he struck out the side one nine pitches in the seventh. The 2013 fifth round pick lowered his ERA to 2.03 for the season.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The OKC Dodgers scored four runs in the first inning and went on to defeat the Express (Rangers) 9-6. Darnell Sweeney and Austin Barnes started off the game with back-to-back homers, while Kyle Jensen and Elliot Johnson did the deed later the game. Corey Seager reached base twice via a single and a walk.
On the mound new-comer Ian Thomas picked up the win after allowing two earned runs over five innings. Ryan Buchter picked up the save after escaping a jam in the 9th.
Eric Stults and the Drillers shutout the RoughRiders (Rangers) 3-0. Stults allowed just one hit over five innings in his first start since joining the Dodgers, then Randy Fontanez followed with three solid frames of his own. Jorge De Leon sealed the victory by recording his first save of the season.
At the dish Lars Anderson went 2-for-4 with a double and knocked in a pair. Jarek Cunningham also had a big game as he doubled and tripled as the club's DH.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes were held to just two hits on Saturday in their 3-1 loss to the JetHawks (Astros). Doubles by Paul Hoenecke and Brian Wolfe accounted for the two base knocks for Rancho, and their lone run scored on a wild pitch.
Starting pitcher Rudy Owens allowed all three runs in less than five innings, and walked four along the way. A.J. Vanegas was solid in relief, however, with two innings of one-hit ball.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons won their fourth game in a row on Saturday, defeating the Bees (Angels ) 4 to 3. In his 10th start of the season 19 year old Victor Gonzalez finally picked up his first win, allowing four hits and three runs over six frames. Player of the day Underwood finished of the victory with three hitless innings.
Alex Verdugo and Johan Mieses both doubled, while Mike Ahmed was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored.
Rookie Dominican Summer League
The Dominican Dodgers didn't do much of anything in a 1-0 loss to the Rockies. The offense managed just two hits, both singles, and the defense made a couple of errors. The pitching was solid, however, as starter Felix Lacen struck out six and allowed just two hits over 4 2/3 frames. Reliever Jose Santos also gave up just two hits in over four innings of work.
Triple-A: David Huff was sent outright to Oklahoma City while Zach Lee was placed on the DL.
Class-A Advanced: Rudy Owens joined the Quakes and Travis Witherspoon was sent to Ogden in a paper move.
Class-A: Trevor Oaks was assigned to Ogden in another paper move while Lindsey Caughel was added to the Loons roster from Rancho.
Saturday box scores
11:05 a.m PT: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Burlington (Keynan Middleton)
12:05 p.m: Tulsa (Chris Anderson) vs. Frisco (Chad Bell)
2:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Jeff Brigham) at Lancaster (Edison Frias)
5:05 p.m: Oklahoma City (Joe Wieland) at Round Rock (Anthony Ranaudo)