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OKC Dodgers need 13 innings to defeat Iowa Cubs

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Ian Thomas was a standout in a spot start for Oklahoma City
Ian Thomas was a standout in a spot start for Oklahoma City
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The Oklahoma City Dodgers needed extra innings to defeat the Cubs, while the Drillers and Quakes combined for twenty-seven hits but only one win.

Player of the day

Andrew Sopko pitched six scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season Saturday night.  It was Sopko's second scoreless start in three turns through the rotation so far this season.  The seventh round pick in the 2015 draft has now struck out eighteen in fourteen innings, against just three walks across both Low and High A.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

After losing the the lead in the ninth inning, the Dodgers rallied back in the thirteenth inning to defeat the Iowa Cubs 6-4.  Logan Bawcom helped his own cause in earning his first win of the season as his sacrifice bunt forced a Cubs error to allow Corey Brown to score the winning run.  Rob Segedin provided most of the offense with three hits in six at bats, hitting both a triple and a home run.

Bawcom threw three scoreless innings to earn the victory.  Ian Thomas started for the recently called up Zach Lee and threw four scoreless innings, striking out five while walking one.  Tim Shibuya was signed and made his Dodger debut on the same day, though he struggled through three innings, allowing three runs on four hits.

Double-A Tulsa

Despite fourteen hits, the Drillers only mustered three runs in a 7-3 loss to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals).  Kyle Farmer led all Drillers with three hits, including one of the team's two doubles, their only extra base hits of the evening.  Alex Verdugo and Jacob Scavuzzo each add a pair of hits, with Scavuzzo extending his early season batting average to .333 in thirteen games.

Chase De Jong was not at his best, surrendering four runs over five innings, striking out four while walking one.  Jordan Schafer and Caleb Dirks each three one inning and kept their 0.00 ERA's intact, though Schafer did allow one unearned run.  Schafer's pitching transformation is off to an impressive start, with eight strikeouts and one walk in eight innings.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes knocked out thirteen hits in a 10-3 victory over the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks) Saturday night.  Eight of the nine Quakes starters managed at least one hit, with Erick Mejia pacing the team with three.  Joey Curletta and Mike Ahmed both homered, and Andrew Toles added a single, double and stolen base to the winning cause.

Andrew Sopko pitched six scoreless innings to win his first game in two starts for the Quakes.  Luis De Paula would follow with a clean inning in the seventh.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons struggled for offense in a 7-3 loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays).  The Loons managed just four hits across three players, with Nick Dean leading the way with a pair of singles.  Jordan Paroubeck had the lone extra base hit, a double in four at bats.  The Loons struck out thirteen times, three coming from Matt Jones.

Victor Gonzalez struck out eight in five innings to start the game, though he would allow three runs.  Adam Bray pitched two clean innings, striking out three and lowering his ERA to 1.09 on the season.

Transactions

Triple A:  With Yimi Garcia going on the disabled list, Zach Lee earned his first major league promotion of the season.  To take Lee's place, the Dodgers signed Tim Shibuya as a minor league free agent, formerly of the Minnesota Twins organization.

Tuesday box scores

Oklahoma City 6, Iowa 4

Northwest Arkansas 7, Tulsa 3

Rancho Cucamonga 10, Visalia 3

Bowling Green 7, Great Lakes 3

Thursday schedule

11:05 a.m. PT: Oklahoma City (Jharel Cotton) at Iowa (TBD)

11:05 a.m.: Great Lakes (Michael Boyle) vs. Bowling Green (TBD)

12:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) at Northwest Arkansas (Alec Mills)

2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) vs. Visalia (TBD)