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Calhoun leads Dodgers minor leaguers with 22 home runs in 2016, and Rios is second with 21.

Edwin Rios continued his hot hitting in the Quakes victory on Sunday
Edwin Rios continued his hot hitting in the Quakes victory on Sunday
Photo: Craig Minami | True Blue LA

The Quakes won big on Sunday, Oklahoma City extended its win streak to five games and the Loons also pulled out a victory.

Player of the day

There were several options on the Quakes, but I'm going with Edwin Rios who continues to be red-hot. After hitting his 15th homer since joining Rancho and collecting four more RBI's, Rios now has a .698 slugging percentage through his 40 games in the California League.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers won their fifth game in a row on Sunday, defeating New Orleans (Marlins) 5-3. Will Venable got OKC on the board early with a two-run shot in the first inning, while Rob Segedin also drove in a pair with a double later in the game. Shortstop Brandon Hicks drove in the other run and reached base all four times thanks to a trio of walks.

Starter Trevor Oaks didn't have his best stuff, but still put together a quality start by allowing three runs over six frames. Jacob Rhame tossed a hitless ninth to record his seventh save of the season.

Double-A Tulsa

Jeremy Kehrt allowed five runs in the third inning, and that turned out to be too big of a deficit to overcome as the Drillers fell to the Travelers (Angels) 7-6. Once Kehrt left the game Michael Johnson was charged with two unearned runs, while Chris Anderson pitched a clean inning for the first time in while.

At the dish Willie Calhoun continued his homer barrage with his 22nd of the season, which ties him for the Texas League lead. Tyler Ogle also went deep while Noah Perio was 3-for-4 with a walk and a RBI.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes pounded out 19 hits as they dominated the Storm (Padres) 17-4. The offense connected on four long balls in this game, including the one by Player of the Day Rios, hit 15th. Johan Mieses clubbed his 14th homer, while Joey Curletta hit his 13th and Brandon Trinkwon hit his first. Matt Beaty, Mike Ahmed, and Julian Leon also deserve some recognition as they had three hits each and combined to score seven runs.

Starter Isaac Anderson got the easy win and allowed just five hits and two runs over seven innings. Yaisel Sierra's struggles continued as he permitted two runs in relief.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons got outstanding pitching and solid hitting to cut down the LumberKings (Mariners) 6-1. Starter Wes Helsabeck was brilliant on the mound as he allowed just three hits over five shutout frames, striking out six. Dennis Santana followed with four innings of great relief, giving up just one run and recording the win.

All of the Great Lakes scoring came in the sixth and seventh innings which is when two runs scored on an error and another two came on a timely single by Erick Meza. Logan Landon also plated a run with a double and finished the game 2-for-4.

Rookie - Ogden

Not much went right for the Raptors on Sunday as they were beaten by the Osprey (Diamondbacks) 13-3. All three Ogden pitchers got hit hard, including starter Roberth Fernandez who allowed 6 runs over four innings. Relievers Sven Schuller and Jorge Gonzalez pitched two frames each and combined to give up the final seven runs.

Jared Walker homered and Moises Perez doubled for the only extra base hits for the offense, although DJ Peters continued his hot streak with a couple more base knocks.

Rookie - AZL Dodgers

The AZL Dodgers lost to the Royals 7 to 5 on Sunday. Brandon Montgomery led the offense by going 2-for-5 with his first homer as a professional, while Gavin Lux tripled and scored a run.

Six different pitchers threw for the Dodgers in this game, and most of them had quite interesting names. Starter Dustin May was the only normal one, but following him were A.J. Alexy, Adalberto Pena, Devin Smeltzer, Osiris Ramirez, and Misja Harcksen. Alexy and Harcksen were the only pitchers to not allow runs.

Dominican Summer League

The Dominican teams were off on Sunday.


Triple-A: Lane Somsen was placed on the 7-day DL. Class-A: Kiké Hernandez joined the Quakes on a rehab assignment, and is expected to play center field on Monday.

Sunday Scores

Oklahoma City 5, New Orleans 3

Arkansas 7, Tulsa 6

Rancho Cucamonga 17, Lake Elsinore 4

Great Lakes 6, Clinton 1

Missoula 13, Ogden 3

AZL Royals 7, AZL Dodgers 5

Monday Schedule

11:05 a.m. PT - Clinton (Nick Neidert) at Great Lakes (Yadier Alvarez)

5:05 p.m.  - New Orleans (Jarred Cosart) at Oklahoma City (Jose De Leon)

5:05 p.m. - Springfiled (Trey Nielsen) at Tulsa (Tim Shibuya)

6:05 p.m. - Ogden (TBD) at Helena (TBD)

7:05 p.m. -  Inland Empire (Josh Sborz) at Rancho Cucamonga (Jared Ruxer)