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Ariel Sandoval hits two home runs, Loons win 9-4

Ariel Sandoval
Ariel Sandoval
Great Lakes Loons

Another split day, Great Lakes and Tulsa win at home while Oklahoma City is swept out Fresno and Rancho Cucamonga loses a tough one

Player of the day

Outfielder Ariel Sandoval was reportedly signed for $150,000 in January 2013.  He played in the Dominican Summer League in 2013 and then the Arizona Rookie League in 2014- and 2015.  Now, 20, Sandoval started this season at Great Lakes.

Sandoval had a slow start, in April, hitting .213/.241/.307 and no home runs in 19 games.  In May, he has had showed some offensive skills, his May stat line is .283/.327/.598 with eight doubles and seven home runs.

On Thursday, Sandoval hit two home runs and had three RBI in one of the Loons better offensive games.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Grizzlies (Astros) swept the Dodgers, beating them 5-4 at Fresno.  After trailing 1-0, the Dodgers scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead.  But then starting pitcher Zach Lee gave up three runs in the fifth and a solo home run in the sixth to fall behing 5-1.

A two-out Zach Walters single scored two runs but the Dodgers could not catch the Grizzlies.

Zach Lee recorded a season high eight strikeouts but he also gave up five runs, seven hits, and walked two.  Joe Thatcher struck out three in his  1⅓ innings appearance.

Scott Van Slyke did not play and he may not be only position player on a rehab assignment with the Dodgers when they play at Sacramento today.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers defeated the RoughRiders (Rangers) 3-1 and reached .500 at 23-23.  Cody Bellinger was responsible for all three runs with a solo home run and a two-run home run.

Jeremy Kehrt started and pitched five innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk,  Kehrt also struck out five.  Caleb Dirks picked up the win in relief and Scott Griggs got the save.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes scored two runs in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.  But then the Blaze (Mariners) scored three runs to re-take the lead and eventually the game.

Tommy Bergjans started and was doing well until the sixth inning.  With two out, the Blaze scored three runs and knocked Bergjans out before he could complete the inning.

Tim Locastro, Matt Beaty and Johan Mieses each had two hits,  Mieses hit his sixth home run of the season.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons cruised over the Cubs 9-4 in a matinee game.  Michael Boyle won the game after pitching five innings and gave up one run.  Alexander Hermeling got the save.

Ariel Sandoval was 2-for-4 with two home runs, Matt Jones also had two hits, one of which was a home run.  Gage Green had two hits and one RBI.


Triple-A Los Angeles optioned left-handed pitcher Luis Avilan to Oklahoma City.  Double-A: Right-handed pitcher Joe Broussard promoted to Tulsa from Rancho Cucamonga.  Class A: Great Lakes activated right-handed pitchers Kevin Brown and Adam Bray from the 7-day disabled list; Great Lakes placed right-handed pitchers Ivan Vieitez and Isaac Anderson on 7-day disabled list.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have not officially announced purchasing the contract of their number one pitching prospect Julio Urias yet.  But that move was discussed by Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations here.

Thursday Scores

Fresno 5, Oklahoma City 4

Tulsa 3, Frisco 1

Bakersfield 4, Rancho Cucamonga 3

Great Lakes 9, South Bend 4

Friday Schedule

4:35 p.m. - Great Lakes (Victor Gonzalez) at Bowling Green (Rays) (Michael Velasquez)

5:05 p.m. - Midland (Athletics) (Joey Wagman) at Tulsa (Brock Stewart)

7:00 p.m. -  Rancho Cucamonga (Joshua Sborz) at Visalia (Diamondbacks) (Wei-Chieh Huang)

7:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Carlos Frias) at Sacramento (Giants) (Ty Blach)