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Dennis Santana wins third straight decision, Loons fly high in 12-3 victory

Dennis Santana
Dennis Santana
Great Lakes Loons

Oklahoma City, Rancho Cucamonga and the Rookie league affiliates all lost on Thursday but Tulsa and Great Lakes won their games.

Player of the day

Dennis Santana pitched five innings in reilef and gave up a run, two hits and struck out six in the Loons win on Thursday.  Santana has pitched really well in the last two months although walks, two last night and 45 in 92 innings pitched remain one blemish on a fine first full season for the 20-year old right-hander.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers dropped their fifth straight game and second straight in this four-game set against the Express (Rangers) by a 10-7 score at Oklahoma City.  An eight-run fifth inning by the Express proved to be too much to overcome.

Trevor Oaks was on the mound for all ten runs scored by the Express, only four were earned.  In that fifth inning, a Brandon Hicks error helped extend the inning which was capped by a two-out Jared Hoying grand slam.

In the Dodgers six-run ninth inning, Hicks and Charlie Culberson homered off former Dodger Shawn Tolleson but it was not enough.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers beat the Naturals (Royals) 5-3 as Scott Barlow pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out seven.  Joshua Sborz made his Texas League debut and pitched one shutout inning and struck out one.

Kyle Farmer, Alex Verdugo, Jacob Scavuzzo and Edwin Rios each had two hits.  Rios and Cody Bellinger also hit home runs.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes lost their sixth in eight games, this time a 9-3 decision to the Mavericks (Rangers).  Leading 4-3, the Mavericks scored five runs in their last three turns at bat to win going away.

Wes Helsabeck did not fare well in his second appearance at the Mavericks home field.  He gave up six runs and ten hits in his six innings of work.

However it was also the lack of offense that did in the Quakes.  Three Quakes had all of the team's hits, Mike Ahmed, Yusniel Diaz, and Will Smith each with two hits.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons got fine pitching from Mitchell White and Dennis Santana but a lot of offense was the story in their 12-3 win over the Captains (Indians).  While Lake County was limited to three runs and two hits, the Loons had 16 hits which included six doubles and a home run.

Mitchell White has been limited to short appearances in his first professional season after being drafted in the second round in the 2016 draft.  White has pitched in six games between Ogden and Great Lakes, each of them for two innings.  In those 12 innings, he's allowed one unearned run, five hits, three walks and struck out 17.  White pitched 92 innings for Santa Clara this year so his first real test will be in 2017.

Dennis Santana got the win for his five innings of work, it was the third straight win for Santana.

Seven Loons had multi-hit games, Saige Jenco, Omar Estevez, Ibandel Isabel, Brendon Davis, Garret Hope and Darien Tubbs each had two hits while Erick Meza had three hits.  Davis hit his fifth home run of the season.

Pioneer - Ogden

The Raptors played their first game after their All-Star break and lost 4-2 to the Mustangs (Reds).  Dean Kremer gave up three runs in his four innings to take the loss.

It was also a quiet night for some of Ogden's best bats with only two hits total for the potent foursome of Brandon Montgomery, Cody Thomas, DJ Peters and Mitchell Hansen.  Kelbert Ruiz and Luis Paz, who also homered, each had two hits.

Dominican Summer League - Dodgers One & Dodgers Two

Both Dominican Summer League teams had one-run losses on Thursday.  The Dodgers One were beaten by the Mariners One 5-4 while the Phillies won 8-7 over the Dodgers Two.


Triple-A: Los Angeles optioned right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart and recalled left-handed pitcher Grant Dayton.

Double-A:  Tulsa placed right-handed pitcher Scott Griggs on the 7-day disabled list; Tulsa released outfielder Daniel Fields; outfielder James Ramsey assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City.

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga activated right-handed pitcher Derrick Sylvester from the 7-day disabled list; right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler assigned to Great Lakes from Ogden.

Rookie: Right-handed pitcher Brian Bass assigned to Ogden from Great Lakes.

Thursday Scores

Round Rock 10, Oklahoma City 7

Tulsa 5, NW Arkansas 3

High Desert 9, Rancho Cucamonga 3

Great Lakes 12, Lake County 3

Billings 4, Ogden 2

Mariners One 5, Dodgers One 4

Phillies 8, Dodgers Two 7

Friday Schedule

4:05 p.m. PT - Lake County (TBD) at Great Lakes (Yadier Alvarez)

5:05 p.m.  - Round Rock (TBD) at Oklahoma City (Ross Stripling)

5:05 p.m. - Tulsa (Alfredo Figaro) at NW Arkansas (Ashton Goudeau)

6:05 p.m., - Ogden (TBD) at Billings (Ian Kahaloa)

7:00 p.m. - AZL Dodgers at AZL Cubs

7:05 p.m.  -  Rancho Cucamonga (Tommy Bergjans) at High Desert (TBD)