Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Rancho Cucamonga and both Dominican Summer League teams won their games on Thursday. A grand slam defeated Great Lakes.
Player of the day
A year ago, 2015 28th round draft pick, Kyle Garlick was about to begin his professional career with the Arizona Dodgers. One year later, Garlick has played on five Dodger affiliates and on Thursday night, he had one of his biggest hits, a two-run home run that put Tulsa ahead to stay.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers defeated the Storm Chasers (Royals) 5-4 to win their series. Zach Lee pitched seven innings and allowed two runs, seven hits and struck out four. Matt West picked up his second save.
Austin Barnes hit his first home run of the season, this one was a two-run shot. Earlier in that inning, Antoan Richardson doubled, stole third and scored on Charlie Culberson tripled in Richardson. Culberson scored on Barnes' home run.
O'Koyea Dickson drove in a run in the sixth with a triple and later scored the Dodgers final run.
Backed by a pair of two-run home runs, the Drillers beat the Travelers (Angels) 4-3. The Drillers magic number is five with four games to go.
Jeremy Kehrt went six innings, gave up two runs, five hits, walked one and struck out one. Caleb Dirks struck out two in getting his fifth save.
Trailing by two, Willie Calhoun hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to tie the game. It was 14th home run, which is tied for second in the Texas League. In the seventh, Kyle Garlick hit his first Texas League home run and it was a two-run home run to put the Drillers out in front and it was eventually the winning play of the game.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes fell behind in the first when Brandon McCarthy gave up his second home run while rehabbing. But the Quakes would rally back and go on to defeat the Giants 5-2 in San Jose. The win moved the Quakes within one game of HIgh Desert with three games to go.
The Quakes had two Dodgers rehabbing with them on Thursday. The aforementioned McCarthy recovered from his rough first inning, to pitch two additional scoreless innings. In his three innings of work, McCarthy gave up two runs, four hits and struck out four.
In the fourth, Yasiel Puig, the other rehabbing Dodger, walked to put runners on first and second with no outs. Matt Beaty doubled home Tim Locastro and Puig would score a batter later on a ground out.
Garrett Kennedy led of the fifth for the Quakes with a solo home run. Later, Puig would drive home a run on a ground out. Puig would play seven innings and went 1-for-2 with a walk, run and an RBI.
Bubby Rossman got the win and Grant Holmes got a five-inning save.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons lost to the Dragons (Reds) 5-3 in a game where the Dragons got their big lead on one swing of the bat. Trailing 1-0, an error and two singles loaded the bases for the Dragons. Shed Long came up and hit his eighth home run of the season, this one a grand slam. The 5-0 lead was too much for the Loons to overcome.
Victor Gonzalez had the rough start for the Loons. Ivan Vieitez followed with three scoreless innings.
The Loons would do all of their scoring on one play. Gage Green hit a three-run home run but that was not enough.
Dominican Summer League - Dodgers 1 and 2
The Dodgers1 beat the Rojos (Reds) 7-3. Jesus Vargas, who was signed in December 2014, pitched a total of 7⅔ innings in 2015. The 17-year old pitched five innings in this game and he gave up no runs on two hits and three strikeouts.
The Dodgers2 defeated the Royals 11-7. Ronald Valenzuela, a 19-year old catcher from the Dominican Republic went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. 2015 signees Aldo Espinoza and Sterling Heredia each had three hits.
On Thursday, the Ogden Raptors, Dodgers Pioneer (Rookie) League affiliate ,announced their roster, Eric wrote about it here. The Raptors begin their season today on the road against Idaho Falls Chukars.
Double-A: Tulsa placed catcher Tyler Ogle on the 7-day disabled list; catcher Vinny DiFazio assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City. Class-A: Great Lakes activated infielder Matt Jones from the 7-day disabled list. Rookie: Catcher Garrett Hope and right-handed pitcher Bernardo Reyes assigned to Ogden from Great Lakes.
Rancho Cucamonga 5, San Jose 2
4:05 p.m. - Dayton (Jesus Reyes) at Great Lakes (Michael Boyle)
5:00 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Nick Tepesch) at New Orleans (Marlins) (Jose Urena)
5:10 p.m. - Tulsa (Scott Barlow) at Arkansas (Troy Scribner)
6:15 p.m. - Ogden (Roberth Fernandez) at Idaho Falls (Royals) (Arnaldo Fernandez)
7:05 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (Hyun-Jin Ryuj, Tommy Bergjans) at San Jose (Jose Reyes)