The Drillers on Sunday took a page of the Dodgers handbook and scored five in the ninth inning for a comeback victory, the Oklahoma City Dodgers used a team effort at the plate in their win, the Quakes lost a tough one, and the Loons stopped their two-game losing streak.
Player of the day
Tyler Ogle went 3-for-4 with a couple of doubles and three RBI, and also played a big role in the Drillers comeback victory as he tied the game in the top of the ninth with a run-scoring single. After hitting 20 homers for the Quakes in 2015 Ogle has gotten off to a slow start in Tulsa, but hopefully this is the first sign of a turnaround.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers set season highs with 13 runs and 14 hits in their eight-run victory over the Cubs. Everybody got in on the action at the plate as all nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Micah Johnson's first long ball of the season was the only homer for OKC, while Elian Herrera reached base three times and drove in a team high three runs. Even starting pitcher Jharel Cotton contributed by plating two runs with a single.
On the mound Cotton didn't have his best stuff despite picking up the win. He lasted five innings but walked three and allowed four runs, including a three-run homer in the 1st to former Dodger Tim Federowicz. Cotton did record six strikeouts, however. Joe Thatcher tossed a scoreless frame in relief, then Lisalverto Bonilla was credited with a three inning save.
The big league Dodgers weren't the only team to score five runs in the top of the 9th for a come from behind victory as the Drillers turned the same trick and defeated the Naturals (Royals) 8-6. Down a run heading into the ninth, Jacob Scavuzzo got things started with a single. Player of the day Ogle then tied the game with a RBI single before Alex Verdugo plated three critical insurance runs with a bases clearing double.
NW Arkansas made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth by scoring a pair of runs against Dale Thayer and putting the tying runs on bases, but luckily Thayer was able to close the door.
Driller starting pitcher Brock Stewart threw well as he allowed just one run over six innings, but Ralston Cash's early season struggles continued as he gave up four hits and three runs while recording just one one.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes fell to the Rawhide (Dbacks) 4-3 on Sunday despite Carl Crawford joining the club on a rehab assignment. Craig had all the action with his recap here.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons used solid pitching and a couple of home runs to down the Hod Rods (Rays) 5-2 and earn a series split. Starter Michael Boyle had a very productive afternoon as pitched a career high seven innings and allowed just one run. While he only struck out two, he did also limited his free passes by permitting just one. Gavin Pittore finished off the game with two solid frames.
Big Matt Jones, who had struggled mightily in the first three games of the series, finally got a hold of one and crushed a three-run homer, his third of the season. Garrett Kennedy also went deep, while Edwin Rios was 3-for-4 in just his second game with the Loons.
High-A: Yusniel Diaz was placed on the DL with minor shoulder tightness. Jake Henson was assigned to the Quakes to take his place.
Sunday box scores
Great Lakes 5, Bowling Green 2
4:38 p.m. PT: Oklahoma City (Sam LeCure) at Iowa (Drew Rucinski)
5:05 p.m.: Arkansas (Victor Alcantara) at Tulsa (Chris Anderson)