Player of the day
In one of the most unlikely players of the day for 2015, Eric Stults wins this award with seven innings of one-hit ball for the OKC Dodgers. I mean seriously who would have thought?
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma City Dodgers got an outstanding performance from starter player of the day Stults and used a 17-hit attack to take out the Express (Rangers) 7 to 1. Stults allowed just one hit over seven sparkling innings, and that was the only base knock allowed by the OKC pitching staff on the night. David Huff tossed the final two frames and was perfect outside of a walk.
Darwin Barney led the hitting attack as he went 4-for-6 with a couple of RBI's. Darnell Sweeney had his first multi-hit game of the week and finished the night 3-for-6, while Kyle Jensen connected on the only homer of the game and also doubled.
Driller starter Jeremy Kehrt opened the game with five shutout innings on Friday, but ended up taking the loss in Tulsa's 6-4 loss to Arkansas (Angles). Kehrt gave up two runs in the sixth, then allowed a couple of batters to reach base in the seventh before being pulled and permitting four runs in total. Ralston Cash was responsible for the other two runs as the Travelers plated six runs between the sixth and eighth innings.
At the dish the Drillers had just one extra base hit in this game, and that was a two-run homer by Brian Burgamy in the ninth. Brandon Trinkwon and the only multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4, but his average is at just .224 since joining Tulsa
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The rehabbing Chris Hatcher allowed two runs in the first inning, but that was it for the Quakes as Rancho defeated the 66ers (Angles) 12 to 2. Reliever Chase De Jong was the most impressive of the relievers as he was perfect over his five frames and struck out nine. Michael Johnson finished off the eight inning no-hitter with two solid frames, punching out a pair and walking just one.
At the dish left fielder Jacob Scavuzzo plated four runs with three-run homer and a RBI single, while Tyler Ogle also drove in a trio thanks to a three-run bomb. Brandon Dixon led Rancho with four hits, although he only had one extra base hit and one run batted in.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons just couldn't seem to push across runs on Friday as they were grounded by the Captains (Indians) 7 to 2. Justin Chigbogu connected on his eighth homer of the season in the loss, but is batting just .175 in his fourth minor league season. Alex Verdugo had the only other noteworthy performance at the plate as he went 2-for-4 to extend his multi-hit game streak to three.
On the mound 2015 eighth round pick Tommy Bergjans got hit hard in his second start with Great Lakes as he allowed five hits and four runs over five frames. J.D. Underwood continued his solid relief work by giving up just one run over three innings, keeping the Loons in the game and his WHIP below 1.00 for the year.
It was a game of recent draft picks as the Raptors could not scale the Rockies on Friday, falling to Grand Junction 5 to 0. 2015 fourth round pick Willie Calhoun doubled for one of just two hits for Ogden in this game, while fellow 2015 pick Edwin Rios was 0-for-3 in his Ogden Raptor inauguration.
On the mound 2015 3rd round pick Philip Pfeifer lasted just 1⅔ innings in his professional debut, while Joshua Sborz took the loss despite permitting just one hit in his first game as a professional. Venezuelan born Hector Rodriguez took on most of the damage, however, as the 20 year old gave up two runs during his first game as a Raptor.
The Arizona Dodgers scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn't enough as the Royals outlasted the Dodgers 7 to 6. 19 year old Ariel Sandoval was 3-for-4 with a double and a couple of RBI's to lead his club, while Ibandel Isabel and Yensys Capellan knocked in a run as well.
On the mound 2015 11th round pick Imani Abdullah took the loss after allowing three runs, then a trio of pitchers from three different counties permitted the final three scores in the defeat.
Dominican Summer League
The Dodgers staged a late comeback on Friday, but it wasn't enough as they fell to the Mets 6 to 4. Three walks, two hits, and a couple of wild pitches gave the Dodgers their late life, but in the end it just wasn't meant to be as the club didn't even have an extra base hit in this game.
Despite the loss 18 year old Leonardo Crawford put together another strong performance as he allowed just one run over five frames to lower his ERA to 1.42. A couple of reliever got pushed around in the loss, and to make matters worse the Dodger defense made five errors in this game.
Triple-A: Hunter Redman was assigned to Oklahoma City after Josh Ravin was promoted to the big leagues.
Double-A: In addition to Redman joining OKC, Mike Thomas and Jarek Cunninham were placed on the inactive/disabled list. Added to the roster were both Robbie Garvey and Julio Urias
Class-A: Webster Rivas was assigned to Great Lakes and Austin Chubb was placed on the DL while Spencer Navin and A.J. Vanegas joined the club.
Friday box scores
4:05 p.m. PT: Lake County (Justus Sheffield) at Great Lakes (Grant Holmes)
4:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (TBD) at Round Rock (Anthony Ranaudo)
5:05 p.m.: Arkansas (Nate Smith) at Tulsa (Jharel Cotton)
6:05 p.m.: Ogden (Michael Boyle) at Grand Junction (Mike Nikorak)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (John Richy) at Inland Empire (Jordan Kipper)