Scott Van Slyke and Frankie Montas start rehab assignments on Sunday on a day in which the Drillers recorded the only victory among Dodger minor league affiliates.
Player of the day
On a relatively quiet day for standout performances, Cody Bellinger gets the nod after blasting a two-run game-winning home run for Tulsa. Bellinger finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk and now has four long balls in 22 games.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers were unable to complete their four-game sweep of the Bees, falling to Salt Lake (Angeles) 6-4 in the series finale. After pitching two games with Tulsa, Carlos Frias made his first rehab appearance with OKC and gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks in just three innings of work. Grant Dayton had the best performance in relief with two shutout frames that included four strikeouts.
At the plate Micah Johnson went 2-for-3 with a homer while Rob Segedin connected on a two-run shot for his seventh big fly of the year. Austin Barnes, playing 3rd base in this game, drove in the other run.
The Drillers were well on their way to being shutout for the third game in a row as they were held scoreless for eight innings, but a four run ninth inning tied the game, then player of the day Bellinger's two-run shot gave Tulsa to a 6-4 victory over the Naturals (Royals). The Drillers ninth inning rally was actually aided by a pair of errors, but it also included RBI singles from Jacob Scavuzzo, Lars Anderson, and Bellinger. Drew Maggi finished the game 3-for-4 and almost won the game with a single in the ninth, but Kyle Farmer was thrown out at home to end the rally.
The rehabbing Frankie Montas made his season debut and threw two innings, striking out two and allowing two hits including a solo homer. Logan Bawcom got touched up for a few runs in relief before Michael Johnson recorded the win and Ralston Cash picked up his first save after working out of a jam.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes lost 6-1 to the Giants despite Scott Van Slyke joining Rancho on a rehab appearance. Van Slyke was 1-for-2 with a walk, and was also involved in an unusual play out in right field. On a ball hit down the right field line, Van Slyke signaled that the ball was lost in the visiting bullpen. The batter continued to round the bases to finish out the play, and the umpire ruled it an inside-the-park home run as they decided the ball actually stayed in play.
The other story of the game was that Yasiel Sierra not only got rocked for three homers and six runs in less than four innings, but that he was also removed from the game early with an apparent injury. No word yet on the extent of the injury. The bullpen did great work in this game as Jeff Malm tossed 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief, then Bubby Rossman finished the game with three perfect frames.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons managed just three hits in a 4-3 extra inning loss to the Lugnuts (Blue Jays). Logan Landon had one of those hits which resulted in a couple of runs, while Deivy Castillo drove in the other run with a single.
Great Lakes starter Victor Gonzalez put together a quality start as he gave up just three hits and three runs over six frames. Chris Powell was excellent in relief with a couple of scoreless innings, but Gavin Pittore took the loss after allowing the game winning run in the top of the 10th.
Triple-A: O'Koyea Dickson was activated from the DL Jose Tabata was placed on the disabled list; Double-A: Frankie Montas joined Tulsa on his rehab assignment; Hi-Class A: Scott Van Slyke joined Rancho on a rehab assignment
7:35 a.m. - Lansing (Jon Harris) at Great Lakes (Nolan Long)
9:05 a.m. - Tulsa (Trevor Oaks) at NW Arkansas (Matt Strahm)
6:35 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Mike Bolsinger) at Fresno [Astros] (Tommy Shirley)
7:05 p.m. - San Jose (Martin Agosta) at Rancho Cucamonga (Andrew Sopko)