Quakes lose by one but the other three affiliates win behind good pitching and some big hits.
Player of the day
Chase De Jong pitched his best game of the season as he and two relievers held Arkansas to a run and three hits on Thursday. De Jong pitched a season-high seven innings and he allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out eight.
De Jong credited a recent Tulsa visit by Dodgers special assistant and Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux. From MiLB.com:
"I was really getting to my back side, really tilting the ball to the bottom part of the zone and then working with Greg about pitch selection and execution and also reading swings," he said. "That was my homework for the week, and obviously, I was able to put in the time.
"Anything that that guy says, you're obviously going to work just because of the body of work that he's put together. Being with the Dodgers, we have what seems like an endless amount of resources, the amazing pitching minds that we have on staff. They really set you up to succeed."
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers rolled an eight in the second inning and the Zephyrs (Marlins) were never in this game, losing 9-2 to the Dodgers. Zach Lee pitched six innings and allowed two runs (one earned), five hits and struck out seven. Ian Thomas pitched two scoreless innings and Jharel Cotton closed it out, striking out two in his inning of work.
Rob Segedin went 3-for-4 with a triple and a home run (both of those in the same inning). Zach Walters also went 3-for-4 with a double.
The eight-run second inning featured a home run, three triples, a double and four singles.
The Drillers scored early and kept scoring eventually on their way to a 7-1 win over the Travelers (Angels). Outfielder Andrew Toles hit a solo home run in his first career AA plate appearance.
Chase De Jong just gave up one hit and one walk in seven innings. De Jong also struck out eight.
Paul Hoenecke hit a two-run home run.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes fell behind the Blaze (Mariners) again and this time they lost to the Blase 6-5. Yaisel Sierra made his second start for the Quakes and he gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings of work.
Kyle Garlick had a big game with a triple and a home run. Joey Curletta and Michael Ahmed each had two hits.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons shutout Kernels (Twins) 3-0 behind four pitchers with Philip Pfeifer getting the win. Alexander Hermeling started and went four innings and struck out five.
Pfeifer pitched two innings to get the win. Pfeifer and the other three Loons pitchers combine to strike out 12 while allowing just three hits and a walk.
The Loons only had three hits, one was a run-scoring double by Omar Estevez. That was the only hit with a runner in scoring position for either team.
They also got this ridiculous catch from center fielder Logan Landon:
Double-A: Activated outfielder Yadir Drake from the 7-day disabled list. High-A: Jake Henson assigned to Dodgers Extended Spring Training from Rancho Cucamonga; Billings traded outfielder and second baseman Pin-Chieh Chen to Rancho Cucamonga. Class-A: Left-handed pitcher Wes Helsabeck assigned to Great Lakes Loons from Dodgers Extended Spring Training; placed right-handed pitcher Gavin Pittore on the 7-day disabled list.
4:05 p.m. - Cedar Rapids (Sam Clay) at Great Lakes (Michael Boyle)
5:10 p.m. - Tulsa (Brock Stewart) at Arkansas (Jordan Kipper)
5:35 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Jeremy Kehrt) at Colorado Springs (Brewers) (Tyler Cravy)
6:35 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (Tommy Bergjans) at High Desert (Rangers) (Cole Wiper)