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Loons throw a pair of 2-hitters in doubleheader sweep

Stewart continues to refine his pitching prowess in Double A
Stewart continues to refine his pitching prowess in Double A

The Loons held the Tincaps scoreless and almost hitless for fourteen innings on Wednesday, while the Drillers and Quakes were walk off winners.

Player of the day

Brock Stewart's prospect bubble continued to add helium on Wednesday night.  Stewart pitched his second straight scoreless start, going seven innings while only allowing one hit, with six strikeouts and one walk.  Stewart's strong peripheral numbers have carried over as he's climbed a level in the system and he starting to look like a solid middle rotation option for the future.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers scored four runs in the top of the second inning to open a big lead that they would not relinquish, defeating the  Round Rock Express (Rangers) 9-5.  Austin Barnes went two for four with a double and a walk while again showing his positional versatility by playing both catcher and third.  James Ramsey went two for five with his second home run of the season, while Micah Johnson also had a pair of hits and a stolen base.

Jeremy Kehrt earned the win, surrendering only two unearned runs in five innings.  Casey Fien made his organizational debut, striking out the side in the ninth inning, but allowing one run on three hits as well. Jharel Cotton also struggled in relief, allowing a two run home run in his three innings of work.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers watched their early lead evaporate in a shaky eighth inning only to walk off 4-3 victors over the Arkansas Travelers (Angels) in the eleventh inning.  The Drillers spoiled another strong start by Brock Stewart by surrendering three runs in the eighth inning.  Jordan Schafer's rough relief outing was not helped by a pair of errors from Drillers' fielders.  Ralston Cash threw a pair of clean innings in extras to earn the victory.

Jacob Scavuzzo paced the offense with three hits in five at bats.  Cody Bellinger and Kyle Farmer both contributed a pair of hits to the winning cause.  Lars Anderson clinched the victory with a pinch hit single in the 11th inning.

High Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes rallied for two runs in the ninth to overcome the Lancaster Jethawks (Astros) 6-5.  Erik Mejia hit a two run triple in the final frame to drive in the winning runs as part of a one for five night.  Alex Guerrero homered on his only hit in four appearances as part of his rehab assignment. Johan Mieses led the offense with a three for five game including his fourth home run of the season.  Mieses has been heating up of late and carries a .293 average over his last ten games.

The bullpen allowed the Quakes rally by finishing the final four and a third innings with scoress baseball.  Scott Griggs pitched a clean ninth inning to earn the win.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons' pitching was brilliant across a double header on Wednesday, throwing a pair of two hitters in winning both games against the Fort Wayne Tincaps (Padres) 3-0 and 5-0 respectively.  Victor Gonzalez won game one, going five innings and allowing one hit, striking out five and walking three.  Marcus Crescentini earned his fourth save with a clean seventh inning.  In game two, Michael Boyle went the distance, striking out six and walking none in his seven inning shutout.

Ariel Sandoval and Edwin Rios provided much of the offense in game one, each hitting a solo home run.  The home run was one of a pair of hits by Sandoval in the early game.  Sandoval would also add a pair of hits and a run scored in game two.  Brendon Davis would also go two for four in game two, getting a hit in each game of the double header.

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Tuesday box scores

Oklahoma City 9, Round Rock 5

Tulsa 4, Arkansas 3 in 11 Innings

Rancho Cucamonga 6, Lancaster 5

Great Lakes 3, Fort Wayne 0 in Game 1

Great Lakes 5, Fort Wayne 0 in Game 2

Thursday schedule

4:00 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Nolan Long) at Dayton (Franderlin Romero)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Mike Bolsinger) at Round Rock (TBD)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) vs. Arkansas (Tyler Carpenter)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Josh Sborz) vs. Lancaster (Scott Weathersby)