Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga lose leads and fall back in their division races; Oklahoma City and Great Lakes win their games. Only one of the two Dominican Dodger teams go home victorious.
Player of the day
Right-handed pitcher Dennis Santana is having a fine season but his record was 0-8. The Loons All-Star game representative earned his first win of the season by pitching six innings and giving up three runs (two earned) while striking out seven.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers got another good start from Jharel Cotton and won 6-3 over the Storm Chasers (Royals). Cotton pitched seven innings, gave up three runs (one earned), three hits, two walks and struck out seven.
Rob Segedin hit his tenth home run to give the Dodgers the lead that they would not relinquish. Brandon Hicks also homered as he went 3-for-4.
In a game that went back forth, two of the best teams in the Texas League squared off to see who would be in first place at the end of their game. Ultimately, the Cardinals outlasted the Drillers to win 7-6 and take a half-game lead with six games in the first half.
The Drillers scored first but then the Cardinals would take a two-run lead. Andrew Toles doubled home two to tie the game. The teams would exchange runs in the seventh inning so the game was tied at 4 heading to the eighth inning.
Alex Verdugo doubled home Brandon Trinkwon to give the Drillers the lead again in the eighth. However with two out in the bottom of the inning, an error and four straight walks by Scott Griggs gave the Cardinals three runs.
The Drillers scored a run with one out in the ninth but could not push across anymore runs.
These two teams will meet for the final two games in the first half, it is likely the division will come down to those games.
Also, nine Tulsa Drillers were named to Texas League All-Star Game, Eric wrote about that here.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes had a one run lead after six innings but the JetHawks (Astros) would then score eight runs in the last three innings and they beat the Quakes 10-5. The loss put the Quakes two games behind with five games to go in the first half.
Yasiel Puig played his second rehab game and in his five innings, he went 1-for-1 with a walk. Puig is scheduled to play in San Jose when the Quakes start their four-game series there on Thursday.
Andrew Sopko struck out seven in his five inning start. Sopko allowed two runs and five hits.
Chris Anderson came in to relieve in the seventh. A throwing error on sacrifice attempt put two runners on with no out. Both runners would score on a ground out and a single, respectively. Later, Anderson would give up a two-out bases-loaded single that would score two more runs.
Philip Pfeifer had a rough outing, giving up three runs in the eighth which included a two-run home run.
For the Quakes, Johan Mieses hit his tenth home run, Devan Ahart, Edwin Rios and Joey Curletta each had two hits.
Class-A Great Lakes
Dennis Santana had made ten starts prior to Tuesday and he had not won one of them. He was 0-7 in those starts and he also had taken a loss in his one relief appearance. But on Tuesday, the Loons came back from a three-run deficit and beat the Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 11-4.
Trailing 3-0, the Loons tied the game in the fourth, the key hit provided by Christian Gomez, who doubled in two runs. Jake Henson three-run home run capped a Loons four-run fifth inning.
Gomez would hit another RBI double in the seventh, this time it was when the bases were loaded and all three runners scored.
Adam Bray pitched three-innings and got a three-inning save even though he had an eight run lead when he started and even gave up a run.
Dominican Summer League - Dodgers 1 and 2
The Dodgers1 team lost 8-4 to the Mariners. Rightfielder Carlos Rincon was 1-for-2 with his third home run and two walks.
The Dodgers2 team beat the Philles 6-3. Outflelder Kevin Aponte was 4-for-4.
Triple-A: Los Angeles optioned catcher Austin Barnes to Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City placed right-handed pitcher Gus Schlosser on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 12, 2016. Class-A: Great Lakes placed right-handed pitcher Imani Abdullah on the 7-day disabled list; activated right-handed pitcher Chris Powell from the 7-day disabled list. Rookie: Right-handed pitcher Carlos Alejo assigned to DSL Dodgers1.
Lancaster 10, Rancho Cucamonga 5
9:05 a.m. - Omaha (Brian Flynn) at Oklahoma City (Frankie Montas)
2:35 p.m. - Great Lakes (Isaac Anderson) and (Michael Boyle) at Lansing (Ryan Borucki) and (Patrick Murphy)
5:10 p.m. - Tulsa (Chase De Jong) at Arkansas (Angels) (Alex Blackford)
7:05 p.m. - Lancaster (Trent Thornton) at Rancho Cucamonga (Yaisel Sierra)