Player of the day
Jharel Cotton tossed six shutout innings for the Drillers on Friday while punching out seven, and over 19 frames with Tulsa Cotton has given up just two earned runs.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The red hot Darnell Sweeney provided the Dodgers with all the offense they needed on Friday as his three-run homer was the difference in a 3-2 win over the Redbirds (Cardinals). Sweeney's third homer in four days increased his average to .295 for the season, while Corey Seager connected on a couple of doubles and is now hitting. 288 for Oklahoma City.
Starter Scott Baker lasted just two plus innings due to an injury, and he allowed both runs in the first inning. The bullpen shutout the opposition for the remainder of the game, including 2.1 frames from Matt West who picked up the victory. Ryan Buchter gave up a couple of hits in the ninth but was able to record his third save of the season.
The Drillers shut out the Hooks (Astros) 5-0 on Friday thanks mostly to an outstanding start by Jharel Cotton. Cotton allowed just four hits and struck out seven over six scoreless innings, lowering his Texas League ERA to 0.95. Jacob Rhame follwed with two perfect frames, then Chris Reed finished out the win by getting out of a jam in the ninth.
At the dish leadoff man Ronald Torreyes was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and a triple, driving in two runs. Jarek Cunningham had two hits and scored twice while knocking in a run, while Kyle Farmer was 3-for-4 with a double to increase hit average to .319 for the season.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Craig was at the game and has the game story here for the Quakes 5-4 loss.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons did not record an extra base hit on Friday as they fell to the Whitecaps (Tigers) 6 to 1. Alex Verdugo drove in the only run for Great Lakes with a sacrifice fly, but his hitting streak was snapped at 14 games after going 0-for-3. Kelvin Ramos had the only multi-hit game with a couple of singles.
On the mound starter Grant Holmes took the loss and allowed four runs over just three frames, but none of those runs were earned due to a fielding error by 1st baseman Justin Chigbogu. J.D. Underwood continued his outstanding relief work as he tossed three shutout innings to lower his ERA to 1.88 for the season.
The Raptors scored five runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Chukars (Royals) in a wild 14-10 victory. Nick Dean's third hit of the game drove in a pair and secured the victory for the Raptors in the ninth, while Nick Sell also had three hits and fell a homer shy of the cycle. Yensys Capellan was also just shy of the cycle as he homered, doubled, and drove in four, while Jake Henson had three hits as well.
On the mound starter Ivan Valdez gave up three early runs, then Lenix Osuna permitted four runs in the seventh to keep the game close. An immediate response by the Ogden offense gave Casey Mulholland a win in relief despite permitting four base runners in less than two innings.
The Arizona Dodgers couldn't do much at the plate on Friday as they fell to the D-Backs 5 to 1. DH Mitch Hansen doubled for the club's only extra base hit in this contest, while the rest of the team managed just three singles.
In terms of pitching, starter Osiris Rameriz gave up four runs on six hits over four innings, falling to 0-3 on the season. 19 year old Gregor Mora tossed three innings of solid relief and gave up just an unearned run.
The Dominican Dodgers stormed back for three runs in the top of the ninth to take a late lead on Friday, but the Mets plated two runs of their own in the bottom of frame to walk-off with a 8-7 victory. A two-run homer by 18 year old Felix Osorio is what gave the Dodgers their short lived lead in the final inning, and that was supplemented earlier in the game by a couple of RBI's from Luis Paz. 20 year old Wally Vrolijk, a 6'4" right-hander out of Aruba, gave up the game in the bottom of the 9th after hitting a batter and permitting a couple of base knocks.
Going back to the beginning of the game, starter Rawel Peralta continued the rough start to his career by giving up four runs in the first. 17 year old Gregorio Sequera and 19 year old Edward Perez were the only two relievers to escape without allowing a run.
Double-A: 2013 7th round pick Brandon Trinkwon, the MVP of the Cal/Carolina League All-Star game, was promoted to the Drillers on Friday
Class-A: Erisbel Arruebarrena was promoted to the Quakes from Arizona, while newcomers Caleb Dirks and Caleb Tim Locastro joined the club. To make room on the roster Dillon Moyer was placed on the DL while Trinkwon was promoted to AA.
Low Class-A: Mike Ahmed was activated from the DL while catcher Brant Whiting was put on the disabled list
Rookie: Outfielder Jordan Paroubeck, acquired from the Braves for their international bonus slot, was assigned to the AZL Dodgers.
Friday box scores
4:00 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Derrick Sylvester) at West Michigan (TBD)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Jose De Leon) vs. Corpus Christi (Michael Feliz)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Deck McGuire) at Omaha (John Lamb)
6:00 p.m.: Ogden (Dennis Santana) vs. Grand Junction (James McMahon)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Luis De Paula) at Inland Empire (Victor Alcantara)