All four Dodger minor league affiliates won on Sunday, although the Quakes did also pick up a loss after splitting their double-header.
Player of the day
Jharel Cotton was outstanding both on the mound and at the plate on Sunday as he not only recorded the victory, but went 2-for-2 with a RBI triple that actually turned into a little league home run after a throwing error. After a rough start to the season pitching-wise, Cotton has been great over his last two starts and has 15 K's over 10 innings.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
OKC got the pitching and hitting they needed on Sunday to defeat the River Cats (GIants) 4-1. Player of the day Cotton had a big impact in this contest as he threw five strong innings, and also was a perfect 2-for-2 at the dish. A trio of relievers got the Dodgers through the sixth through eighth innings, then Luis Avilan closed the door with a perfect ninth.
In addition to Cotton's triple, Micah Johnson also had a three bagger and scored a run while Charlie Culberson was 2-for-4 with a double. Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke were a combined 1-for-8 with four strikeouts (three by Guerrero) and a RBI (ground-out by Van Slyke).
The Drillers connected on three homers on Sunday as Tulsa defeated the RockHounds (A's) 11-3. Willie Calhoun's three-run long ball was the biggest hit of the night, although Lars Anderson led the team with 4-RBI's thanks a two-run shot and two-run double. Tyler Ogle had the other tater, although it was just his first of the season.
On the mound Chase De Jong picked up the win after allowing just two runs over five frames. Caleb Dirks and Scott Griggs continued their solid relief work with a couple of scoreless innings in the blowout victory.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes split a double-header against Visalia (Dbacks) on Sunday, winning the first game 6-3 before falling 4 - 3 in the nightcap. Third baseman and 2015 22nd round pick Jordan Tarsovich was the big contributor in game one as he was 2-for-3 with a couple of homers and four RBI's. Andrew Sopko recorded his sixth win of the season (against zero losses) despite allowing seven hits and three runs over five frames.
In game two the Quakes failed to record an extra base hit as Mike Ahmed was the offensive star after going 2-for-3 with a run scored and stolen base. Grant Holmes was actually extremely impressive on the mound as he struck out nine in just six innings of work, permitting just four hits and two runs. Karch Kowalczyk took the loss on the mound after allowing a solo homer and then following that up by permitting a game winning RBI single.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons used solo homers in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to defeat the Hot Rods (Rays) 3-2. Gage Green got the scoring starting with the first long ball, then Logan Landon went deep in the seventh frame to tie the game. Edwin Rios' sixth bomb of the season in the eighth turned out to be the game winner in a contest in which there were no other extra base hits by Great Lakes.
On the mound 19 year old Imani Abdullah gave up just two hits and one run over five frames. Gavin Pittore recorded the win with a couple of shutout innings of relief, then Brian Bass picked up his fourth save of the season with a shutout ninth.
Triple-A: Ross Stripling was placed on the 7-day DL while outfielder Antoan Richarson was assigned to OKC. Class-A: Jake Henson was placed on the DL while Garrett Hope was assigned to the club from Ogden.
10:05 a.m. - Great Lakes (Isaac Anderson) at Bowling Green (Roel Ramirez)
1:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Sam LeCure) at Sacramento (Clayton Blackburn)