Player of the day
Grant Holmes lowered his ERA to 2.59 on Friday, striking out seven and walking just one. The 19 year old continues to thrive in his first full season as a pro, which makes Holmes a valuable asset in the minor league system.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Joe Wieland won his second start in a row on Friday as Oklahoma City defeated the Redbirds (Cardinals) 6 to 1. Weiland allowed just one run over seven innings, working around five hits and four walks while punching out just one. David Huff and Juan Gonzalez closed out the game with a couple of scoreless frames, lowering their ERA's to 1.63 and 0.90, respectively.
Buck Britton led the offense by going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI's, while Scott Schebler also had two hits and scored a pair of runs. Darnell Sweeney had a RBI double and stole his 29th base of the season.
The Drillers won a crazy game against the Travelers (Angels) on Friday defeating Arkansas 8 to 6. Starter Jharel Cotton allowed just two hits over five frames, although he did walk seven batters. Once he left the game Ralston Cash immediately gave up two runs in the seventh, then when the game went into extra frames Jorge De Leon permitted three runs in the bottom of the 10th after his club had scored three in the top of the inning. Jacob Rhame ended up with the win even though he allowed as well in the bottom of the 13th.
The offensive box score doesn't look all that impressive as Tulsa had just two extra base hits in this game, but it was timely hitting that got the job done. Kyle Farmer stayed hot by going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI's, while the number five through eight batters in the order all drove in a run.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes scored all of their runs in the fifth inning as they defeated the Storm (Padres) 7 to 2. Brandon Dixon had the big hit during the big frame as he crushed a two-run homer, while a few of the other runs scored on errors as Lake Elsinore had six defensive miscues on the night.
On the mound the rehabbing Carlos Frias was stretched out to four innings and he struck out eight during that time, allowing two runs on four hits. A.J. Vanegas picked up the win with two perfect frames, then a trio of additional relievers held the Storm scoreless over the final three innings.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons wasted a brilliant performance from Grant Holmes on Friday as the Great Lakes bullpen allowed four late runs in a 4 to 3 loss to Lake County (Indians). Holmes tossed six shutout innings in this game, striking out seven and walking just one. Reliever Jose Alberto Molina got through the seventh without any issues, but he allowed the Captains to tie the game by permitting three runs in the eighth. J.D. Underwood then got into all sorts of trouble in the bottom of the ninth and eventually gave up a walk-off single.
At the dish Alex Verdugo and Kyle Garlick both stayed hot with a couple of hits each, while Justin Chigbogu connected on his ninth homer of the season. Matt Beaty went 3-for-5 with a trio of singles to increase his average to .333 for the season.
Short Season Ogden
The Raptors lost one of the most improbable games of the year, falling to the Chukars (Royals) 9 to 8 after allowing seven runs in the bottom of the ninth. Starter Ivan Vieitez permitted just three hits and two runs over five frames, then 2015 un-drafted free agent Wes Helsabeck shut out Idaho Falls for three innings. In the ninth Clint Freeman permitted five runs while recording just one out, then Bernardo Reyes gave up the final two scores and took the loss.
On offense Jake Henson led the way by going 4-for-5 with a homer our runs scored, while newcomer Kelvin Ramos also went deep and knocked in a trio with three hits. Jordan Tarsovich had the only other multi-hit game as he doubled and scored a run.2.
Triple-A: Zach Lee and Mike Bolsinger were optioned to Oklahoma City, while Grant Dayton and Steve Smith were both activated from the inactive list.
Low Class-A: Willie Calhoun was promoted to Great Lakes, while Kelvin Ramos was sent back to Ogden.
Friday box scores
3:30 p.m. PT: Tulsa (Julio Urias) at Arkansas (TBD)
4:00 p.m.: Great Lakes (Scott Barlow) at Lake County (Anderson Polanco)
5:05 p.m.: New Orleans (Jose Urena) at Oklahoma City (Trevor Cahill)
6:05 p.m.: Idaho Falls (Cartwr Hope) at Ogden (Jairo Pacheco)
7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers vs. AZL Reds
7:05 p.m.: Lake Elsinore (Lech Lemond) at Rancho Cucamonga (Brock Stewart)