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Yaisel Sierra bounces back in Quakes victory

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Yasiel Sierra tossed five shutout frames on Sunday
Yasiel Sierra tossed five shutout frames on Sunday
Eric Stephen

Yaisel Sierra gave the Quakes a great start in their victory, while the Drillers and Loons were also able to pull out wins.

Player of the day

After struggling mightily over the past few weeks, Sierra finally found his groove and fired five shutout innings of one-hit ball while striking out six. His season ERA is still 7.11, but at least for this game he had good stuff.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers and Express (Rangers) both scored a couple of runs in the first inning, then Round Rock tacked on one more in the third while OKC was held scoreless for the remainder of the game to come away with a 3 - 2 victory. The two Dodger runs came on a RBI double by Zach Walters and a RBI single by Rob Segedin, who both finished the day 2-for-4.

Zach Lee took the loss after allowing all three early runs, and lasted just five inning while permitting eight hits and three walks. Jacob Rhame and Matt West continued their solid work out of the bullpen and combined for three scoreless frames.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers took an early five run lead on Sunday, but then needed one more in the top of the ninth to come away with a 6 - 5 victory over the RockHounds (A's). Paul Hoenecke plated the first two runs with a double, then a few innings later Andrew Toles plated a pair with a single. In the ninth the winning run scored when pinch runner Adam Law scampered home on a wild pitch.

On the mound starter Chase De Jong threw five strong innings, allowing just two runs on four hits. Kyle Hooper and Rob Rogers struggled in relief, but Scott Griggs continued his outstanding season by closing the door in the bottom on the ninth with a perfect frame that included a pair of strikeouts.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

Player of the day Sierra was great on Sunday as the Quakes cruised to a 4 - 2 victory over the 66ers (Angles). As mentioned above he allowed just one hit over his five innings of work, needing only 81 pitches. Philip Pfeifer gave up both runs in relief, although he recorded five of his six outs via the strikeout. Chris Anderson tossed a hitless frame and Karch Kowalvczyk recorded the save.

At the dish Erick Mejia and Tim Locastro both went 2-for-5 with an RBI each, while Yusniel Diaz had an RBI double. Devan Ahart also doubled and had a perfect day at the plate with two hits and two walks.

Class-A Great Lakes

Eight different Loons had at least one hit on Sunday as Great Lakes defeated the Captains (Indians) 8 to 4. Ariel Sandoval had another big day at the plate as he connected on a pair of doubles and drove in two. Gage Green also had a big day as he was 2-for-3 with a triple and a homer, while Brendon Davis knocked in a pair and also scored twice.

Starter Isaac Anderson recorded his fifth win of the season after allowing six hits and two runs over his five innings of work. Kevin Brown struggled a bit in relief, but Gavin Pittore continued the strong start to his season with two hitless frames to record his third save.

Transactions

Triple-A: Josmar Cordero was placed back on the DL, Austin Barnes was promoted to the big leagues, and Vinny DiFazio was promoted to OKC from Tulsa. Double-A: Alex Verdugo was activated from the DL. Low Class-A:Nick Dean was placed on the DL, Jake Henson was activated from the DL, and Jimy Perez joined the club from extended spring traning

Sunday Scores

Round Rock 3, Oklahoma City 2

Tulsa 6, Midland 5

Rancho Cucamonga 4, Inland Empire 2

Great Lakes 8, Lake County 4

Monday Schedule

5:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Carlos Frias) at Round Rock (Michael Roth)

7:05 p.m. - Inland Empire (Justin Anderson)  at Rancho Cucamonga (Tommy Bergjans)