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Scott Van Slyke homers in Oklahoma City victory

Scott Van Slyke homered in his rehab appearance on Satruday
Scott Van Slyke homered in his rehab appearance on Satruday
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Scott Van Slyke homered for Triple-A Oklahoma City as the Dodgers had another split day with wins by OKC and Tulsa and losses by Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes.

Player of the day

Lisalverto Bonilla is probably one of the most unlikely players of the day so far this season, but he earned it after tossing four shutout innings of relief with just one hit allowed while striking out five. Coming off of Tommy John surgery in 2015, Bonilla hasn't started off all that strong, but Saturday's performance was a glimpse of why he's already made it up to the big leagues in the past.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

OKC won for the first time in a week as they downed Sacramento (Giants) 5-1. Most of the Dodger runs scored on homers, including a solo bomb by the rehabbing Scott Van Slyke who also had a RBI single. Zach Walters connected on a two-run bomb, while Rob Segedin was 3-for-4 with a solo shot.

Ross Stripling made his first minor league start of 2016 and tossed three shutout frames. Player of the day Bonilla followed by blanking Sacramento for four more innings, then Jordan Schafer permitted a run for this second outing in a row, proving that the Pacific Coast League is at least slightly more difficult than the Texas League .

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers got back to the .500 mark with an 8-2 victory over the RockHounds (A's). Four Tulsa batters had multiple RBI in this game, starting with Andrew Toles who connected on a two-run homer. Jacob Scavuzzo and Cody Bellinger both doubled to bring in a pair of runs, while Brandon Trinkwon reached base three times and scored two runs in addition to his two RBI.

On the mound Trevor Oaks won his fifth game of the season by tossing seven solid innings, allowing just six hits and two runs while striking out five. Rob Rogers got through the eighth with a shutout frame, then Joe Broussard closed the door with a hitless ninth in his Texas League debut.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

Yaisel Sierra had another rough outing as the Quakes fell to the Rawhide (Diamondbacks) 10-1. After allowing six runs in his previous start, Sierra gave up seven runs in just two innings of work. Yasiel walked four and permitted seven hits while striking out just one. A trio of relievers threw relatively well in relief, but the damage was already done.

At the plate the Quakes failed to record an extra base hit, however a couple of players had more than one base knock. Yusniel Diaz actually reached base three times with two singles and a walk, while Garrett Kennedy was 2-for-4.

Class-A Great Lakes

Ariel Sandoval continued his homer barrage, but it wasn't enough as the Loons fell to the Hot Rods (Rays) 8-5. Sandoval's third homer in three days, a three-run bomb, actually tied the game in the eighth, but in the bottom of the frame reliever Marcus Crescentini permitted three runs himself which resulted in the loss. Edwin Rios also went deep and doubled to drive in a pair, while Brendon Davis had the only other multi-hit game.

Going back to the beginning of the game, starter Nolan Long was solid over the first three frames, but ran into trouble during the middle innings and ended up permitting five runs. Wes Helsabeck then threw a couple of shutout innings before Crescentini gave up the game.


Triple-A: Alex Guerrero was sent to OKC as his rehab continues, Miguel Urena joined the club from extended spring training, Julio Urias was optioned back to OKC, and Casey Fien had his contract purchased and joined LA. Outfielder James Ramsey was designated for assignment.

Saturday Scores

Oklahoma City 5, Sacramento 1

Tulsa 8, Midland 2

Visalia 10, Rancho Cucamonga 1

Bowling Green 8, Great Lakes 5

Sunday Schedule

1:00 p.m. PT Doubleheader -  Rancho Cucamonga (Andrew Sopko, Grant Holmes) at Visalia (Brad Keller, Nick Baker)

1:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Jharel Cotton) at Sacramento (Joan Gregorio)

4:35 p.m. - Great Lakes (Imani Abdullah) at Bowling Green (Jose Mujica)

5:05 p.m. - Midland (Walter Corey) at Tulsa (Chase De Jong)