Thursday saw two teams in blowouts and two teams in one-run games, Tulsa won a one-run game in extra-innings and Rancho Cucamonga scored 15 runs in their win. On the other hand, Oklahoma City lost big and Great Lakes lost a tough 1-0 game.
Player of the day
Andrew Sopko made his third start as a Quake and while the game was never in doubt, Sopko pitched as if he didn't have a big lead. Sopko pitched five innings, allowing a run, five hits, two walks and striking out seven.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers saw Zach Lee give up 10 runs to the Storm Chasers (Royals) and that was too big a lead to overcome. The Storm Chasers won 10-2 on Thursday night in the first game of the Dodgers home stand.
Lee, who had spent a few days in Colorado and Los Angeles this week before returning to Oklahoma City, could not escape the fourth inning where he gave up five runs to make it 10-1. Lee pitched 3⅓ innings, allowed ten runs (nine earned), nine hits. two walks and two strikeouts.
Julio Urias pitched the final three innings in his first relief appearance of the year. Urias allowed no runs, three hits, one walk and struck out three.
The Drillers defeated the Travelers (Angels) 5-4 in 11 innings on a walk-off bad throw. Pitcher Chase De Jong was pinch-hitting for pitcher Ralston Cash and De Jong was sacrificing to create runners on second and third. But the bad throw allowed Drew Maggi to score the winning run.
Scott Barlow started and pitched six innings, allowing three runs, four hits, two walks and struck out four. Jordan Schafer pitched 1⅓ scoreless innings in relief. Cash pitched two innings and picked up the win.
Brandon Trinkwon and Jacob Scavuzzo each had two hits.
To see the winning play and hear what Chase De Jong had to say about it, watch the recap video below:
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes swept their 3-game series against the 66ers (Angels) by winning the third game of the series 15-1. Every Quake had at least two hits and all but Joey Curletta have scored at least a run. Andrew Sopko led his team to the sweep by pitching five scoreless innings in the world.
23 hits were collected by the Quakes, every hitter had at least two hits. Outfielder Andrew Toles had four hits, including a triple, Kyle Garlick, Joey Curletta and Jordan Tarsovich continued on to prep. the show.
Garlick, Tim Locastro and Jordan Tarsovich each hit a home run as the rout continued from the first inning.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons lost 1-0 to the Timber Rattlers as they had two hits. Dennis Santana and Chris Powell held the Timber Rattlers to no runs. Garrett Hanson allowed a run in the eighth to lose the game.
The Loons could only get two hits and two walks while striking out 11 times.
Triple-A: Oklahoma City activated first baseman O'Koyea Dickson from the 7-day disabled list. Double-A: Right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City.
Rancho Cucamonga 15, Inland Empire 1
4:30 p.m. - Great Lakes (Victor Gonzalez) at Beloit (Athletics) (Angel Duno)
5:05 p.m. - NW Arkansas (Royals) (Alec Mills) at Tulsa (Chase De Jong)
5:05 p.m. - Omaha (John Lannan) at Oklahoma City (Ian Thomas)
7:05 p.m. - High Desert (Rangers) (David Ledbetter) at Rancho Cucamonga (Grant Holmes)