The OKC Dodgers doubled up on their opponents while the Loons and Raptors were walk-off winners
Player of the day
Despite the big day for O`Koyea Dickson, the winner of this award goes to Wes Helsabeck. Helsabeck was signed as an undrafted free agent during the 2015 season, and has done well at every stop. After a solid season with Ogden last year, Helsabeck has continued to pitch extremely well with both the Quakes and Loons in 2016.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers scored four early runs, then held on for a 8-4 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers). Dickson continued his breakout season with three extra base hits, including two doubles and his first triple since 2014. Pinch hitter Corey Brown connected on his 15th homer of the season, while Shawn Zarrage had two hits and scored two runs.
On the mound Jose De Leon had an unusual game as he picked up the win by pitching seven innings and allowing just three runs on three hits, but he only struck out one. Grant Dayton got the final six outs and even though he permitted a run the lead was large enough for it not to matter.
The Drillers lost to Arkansas Travelers by the score of 3-2 for the second day in a row. On Saturday the game was quite dramatic as Tulsa tied the game at two in the bottom of the eighth, only to have Arkansas score a run in the top of the ninth to secure the victory. Starting pitcher Tim Shibuya allowed just two runs over six frames while striking out three, but it was Chris Anderson who took the loss in the ninth after the recently promoted Edwin Rios made an error at third base which resulted in the winning run.
At the dish the Drillers managed just one extra base hit, and that was a double by Willie Calhoun who also drove in a run. Nobody else had more than a single, and Kyle Garlick had the only other RBI.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes scraped together just six hits as they lost their third game in a row, falling 5-3 to the High Desert Mavericks (Rangers) on Saturday. Noah Perio and Matt Beaty both homered for Rancho, but nobody else in the lineup had more than a single as the offense was pretty quite in this game.
On the mound starter Joshua Sborz threw well as he permitted just four hits and two runs over six innings, striking out seven along the way. Yaisel Sierra blew the save in relief as he gave up a run in the eighth, then David Reid-Foley took the loss after allowing a pair of runs in the top of the 10th.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons walked off with a victory on Saturday after Brendon Davis singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Davis had the only extra base hit of the game for Great Lakes, and also had the only multi-hit game.
On the mound player of the day Helsabeck was outstanding as he allowed just three hits over six shutout innings while punching out a career-high nine batters. Reliever Alexander Hermeling was charged with the blown save after allowing a run in the seventh, but he also picked up the win after pitching three solid innings.
Pioneer - Ogden
The Raptors swept a double header heading into the All Star Break, defeating the Orem Owlz (Angels) 2-1 and 5-4 on Saturday. Game 1 lasted the scheduled seven innings, with Roberth Fernandez recording the win after allowing just one run on three hits. D.J. Peters led the offense with a solo homer his seventh of the season.
Game 2 lasted twice as long as the Raptors and Owlz battled through 14 frames. Ogden finally walked off on a Cody Thomas homer, his eighth of the season which ranks second in the Pioneer League. Brandon Montgomery also went deep in this contest, and finished the game 3-for-7. Seven different pitchers threw for the Raptors, but it was Gregor Mora who shined brightest as he struck out seven over three innings of shutout relief work.
Arizona League - AZL Dodgers
AZL Dodgers were off on Saturday.
Dominican Summer League
The Dodgers One swept their doubleheader over the Orioles thanks to outstanding pitching and timely hitting, while the Dodgers Two lost to the Rays 5 to 0. 17 year old Enmanuel Marcan had the most noteworthy performance of the day as he tossed five hitless innings in game one and lowered his ERA to 2.25 for the season.
Game 1 - Ogden 2, Orem 1
Game 2 - Ogden 5, Orem 4 (14)
11:05 a.m. PT - South Bend (Adbert Alzolay) at Great Lakes (Yadier Alvarez)
11:05 a.m. - Arkansas (Alex Blackford) at Tulsa (Alfredo Figaro)
1:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Logan Bawcom) at Colorado Springs (Wily Peralta)
2:05 p.m. - High Desert (Reed Garrett) at Rancho Cucamonga (Grant Holmes)