All four Dodger minor league affiliates won on Saturday, highlighted by Cody Bellinger's first home run of the season and at an opportune time, Julio Urias' six shutout innings, and Grant Holmes taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
Player of the day
It's pretty tough to top Urias' six scoreless innings innings which now give him 22 in a row, but Bellinger did just that with a walk-off grand slam in the Tulsa victory. The big bomb was his first homer of the season, who finished the game 3-for-5.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Behind yet another scoreless outing from Urias, the Dodgers shutout the 51's (Mets) 1-0. As recapped earlier Urias was again outstanding, blanking Las Vegas for six innings before giving way to the bullpen. He struck out six, and faced just one over the minimum thanks to double plays and pick off's. Joe Thatcher tossed a scoreless seventh inning, then Matt West got the win after a shutout eighth inning. Chin-hui Tsao recorded his sixth save after working around a few hits in the ninth.
Catcher Jack Murphy not only called a great game, but also provided the only run of the game with a solo homer in the eighth. It was one of just four hits for OKC, and was the only one that went for extra bases.
The fans who stayed for extra innings were rewarded on Saturday as Tulsa walked-off with a 6-2 victory over the Travelers (Angels). As mentioned above this wasn't just any walk-off as player of the day Bellinger ended the game in the best way possible with a grand slam. Prior to the game winner the Drillers had been held to just two runs, with both of them coming on RBI ground outs in the seventh inning.
On the mound Scott Barlow tossed seven strong frames to keep his club in the game. Barlow gave up just one unearned run, permitted just five hits, and struck out five while walking none. Caleb Dirks was charged with the blown save after allowing a run in the top of the ninth, then Grant Dayton got the win after tossing a perfect 10th inning.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Grants Holmes did not allow an earned run on Saturday and Kyle Garlick continued his assault on the California League as the Quakes defeated the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels) 5-3. Holmes held Inland Empire scoreless and without a hit for five frames before a throwing error in the top of the sixth resulted in the three unearned runs. Holmes struc out six, and lowered his ERA to 3.16 in picking up his third win of the season. Philip Pfeifer tossed a scoreless frame in relief, then Karch Kowalczyk recorded his third save of the season.
At the dish Garlick was 3-for-4 with a couple of doubles and two RBI's, and he now ranks second in the league with a .348 average. Tim Locastro and Matt Beaty each had a pair of hits, with Beaty driving in a pair of runs to boot.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons scored three early runs then held on for a 7-4 win over the Dayton Dragons (Reds). Ariel Sandoval got the scoring starting with a two-run double in the second, and he ended the day going 3-for-5 with a couple of two-baggers and two runs scored. Brendon Davis and Logan Landon also had multi-hit games, as did Matt Jones whose two-run homer in the top of the ninth turned out to be some much needed cushion.
Great Lake starter Garrett Harrison gave up just one hit and one unearned run over four innings of work, then Alexander Hermeling punched out four over two frames and recorded the win. Adam Bray made things interesting after permitting a couple of runs in the bottom of the ninth, but eventually closed out the victory.
Triple-A: Elian Herrera was released so he could pursue an opportunity in Japan. He had been placed on the temporary inactive list two days earlier.
11:00 a.m. - Great Lakes (Dennis Santana) at Dayton (Austin Orewiler)
12:05 p.m. - Las Vegas (Seth Lugo) at Oklahoma City (Zach Lee)
2:05 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) at Inland Empire (Alex Klonowski)