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Quakes stay alive for first-half division title

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Josh Sborz won for the Quakes on Saturday
Josh Sborz won for the Quakes on Saturday
Eric Stephen

The Quakes victory on Saturday keeps them alive in the race for the first half division title, which comes to a conclusion on Sunday

Player of the day

It's rare for someone in the DSL to win this award, but 16-year-old Melvin Jimenez takes the cake for Saturday. The young right-hander allowed just one hit over six shutout innings in the Dodgers' victory, striking out five and walking just one. For the young season Jimenez has now allowed just one run over 14 frames, and he has 15 punchouts.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Jose De Leon had another solid start as the Dodgers defeated the Zephyrs (Marlins) 8-2. De Leon lowered his ERA to 2.40 after allowing two hits and one run over four frames. He struck out three and walked a pair. Lisalverto Bonilla picked up the win after tossing three innings and permitting a run, while Sam LeCure, just off the DL, finished the game with two hitless frames.

At the dish O`Koyea Dickson went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, while Jack Murphy also had three hits. Corey Brown had the big game as he drove in half of the OKC runs with two-run homer and a two-RBI single.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers played 14 innings on Saturday, but eventually fell to the Travelers (Angels) 4-3. Jacob Scavuzzo and Alex Verdugo went a combined 0-for-14, but Willie Calhoun was the one player to continue his hot hitting by going 2-for-6 with a double, two RBI's, and a walk.

On the mound Trevor Oaks continued his outstanding season by allowing just four hits and one run over seven frames. Michael Johnson and Ralston Cash got through the next few frames without any issues, but Joe Broussard gave up two runs in the bottom of the 11th (after the Drillers had put themselves in position in the top of the frame to win the game) and Kyle Hooper threw a wild pitch to loose the game in the 14th.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes broke out with 14 hits and Josh Sborz tossed five scoreless innings as Rancho downed the Giants 8-2. Every hitter in the Quakes lineup had at least one hit, with Devan Ahart leading the way with three base knocks and two RBI's. Edwin Rios and Julian Leon both connected on two-run bombs to knock in half of the runs. Yasiel Puig was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his fourth rehab game.

Sbortz won his seventh game of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.58 after allowing just two hits over five frames. He struck out four and walked a pair. Chris Anderson struck out two in relief despite permitting a run, while Philip Pfeifer tossed a scoreless frame.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons score five early runs and then held on for a 5-4 victory over the Dragons (Reds). Gage Green knocked in a couple of first inning runs with a single, while Brendon Davis plated two runs in the second frame. Ariel Sandoval was responsible for the other run with a sacrifice fly.

On the mound, the 6'10" Nolan Long recorded the win with one of his best starts of the year, allowing just three hits and one run over five innings. He struck out six and walked two. Garrett Harrison got hit hard in relief as he permitted three runs, but Alexander Hermeling closed the door with two hitless frames for his third save of the season.

Rookie - Ogden

Miguel Urena got hit hard in his Pioneer League debut as the Raptors fell to the Chukars (Royals) 7 to 2. Urena allowed 10 hits and six runs in less the four innings, picking up the loss. Four different relievers threw well in relief, but the damage was already done.

At the plate Ibandel Isabel led the offense by going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI's. Mitch Hansen also had a solid game as he went 2-for-4 with a double.

Dominican Summer League - Dodgers 1 and 2

Player of the day Jimenez led the Dominican Dodgers1 to a victory over the Twins, winning his first game of the season. Marco Hernandez paced the offense with three hits, including two doubles.

The DSL Dodgers2 also won, but it was a much closer match as they defeated the A's 9-8. The two teams combined for 10 errors, meaning that five of the Dodger runs were unearned. Dodgers starter Alfredo Tavarez also had a solid pitching performance as he allowed just three hits and one run over five innings.

Transactions

Triple A: Micah Johnson was placed on the temporary inactive list, while Sam LeCure was activated from the DL. Class A: Logan Landon was put on the 7-day disabled list, while outfielder Andres Ayon was assigned to the Loons.

Saturday Scores

Oklahoma City 8, New Orleans 2

Arkansas 4, Tulsa 3

Rancho Cucamonga 8, San Jose 2

Great Lakes 5, Dayton 4

Idaho Falls 7, Ogden 2

Dodgers1 5, Twins 0

Dodgers2 9, Athletics 8

Sunday Schedule

11:00 a.m. - Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart) at New Orleans (Chris Reed)

11:05 a.m. - Dayton (Jose Lopez) at Great Lakes (Dennis Santana)

11:05 p.m. - Springfield (TBD) at Tulsa (Tim Shibuya)

1:00 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (Andrew Sopko) at San Jose (Phil Bickford)