The Rookie-level Ogden Raptors won a rain shortened game, but none of the full-season teams were victorious on Saturday.
Player of the day
Jordan Sheffield, who was the 36th overall pick in the 2016 draft, tossed two perfect innings in his third professional appearance and recorded his first strikeout as a pro. The 21-year-old out of Vanderbilt got roughed up in his Great Lakes debut earlier this week, but he really turned things around on Saturday.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Matt West and the Dodgers gave up the tying run in the top of the ninth, then after battling for six extra frames OKC came out on the losing end of a 5-4 game to Round Rock (Rangers). Jose De Leon started for OKC and allowed just two earned runs over six frames, although he did give up two long balls. Jeremy Kehrt allowed the winning run despite starting his relief appearance with three shutout frames.
At the dish O`Koyea Dickson led the team by reaching base five times via two doubles and three walks. Micah Johnson also had a big part in the offensive attack by doubling and homering. Austin Barnes and Corey Brown each added two hits.
The Drillers had their modest two-game winning streak snapped as they fell to the Naturals (Royals) 7-5. Edwin Rios continued his monster season in the loss as he connected on his third homer in eight games for Tulsa, and his 25th overall for the season. Jacob Scavuzzo doubled twice and scored two runs, while Willie Calhoun reached base three times and drove in a run.
On the mound starter Chase De Jong allowed just four hits over five frames, but he also walked a pair and gave up four runs. Yaisel Sierra, who was recently promoted to the Drillers after having a rough time in Rancho, took the loss in his Double A debut after permitting two runs in two innings, although he did strike out four.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Despite scoring five runs in the top of the first, a nine-run second inning by High Desert was the downfall of the Quakes as Rancho fell to the Mavericks (Rangers) 14-13. Starter Michael Boyle took a beating in just his second California League start as he permitted 11 hits and 11 runs while not making it out of the second frame. Alex Burgos threw very well in relief, but Alex Hermeling could not continue the solid work out of the bullpen as he permitted three more runs and actually took the loss after his offense came alive.
There were several strong offense performances in the loss, starting with leadoff man Mike Ahmed who reached base five times thanks to two singles, a double, and two walks. Noah Perio also had three hits, including his fourth homer of the season, while Johan Mieses connected on his 22nd homer of the season and collected 5 RBI's during his three-hit night.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons pitching staff ran into trouble in the eighth inning as Great Lakes fell to South Bend (Cubs) 5-4. Reliever Angel German hit a batter and threw three wild pitches while taking the loss, although most of those runs were charged to Tony Gonsolin. Player of the day Sheffield threw two flawless innings to start the game.
At the dish, the Great Lakes offense was limited to just one extra base hit, which was a solo homer by Ibandel Isabel. Catcher Steve Berman was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Pioneer - Ogden
The Raptors defeated the Mustangs (Reds) 8-5 in a game that ended a little early due to rain. Ogden led 6-5 after eight frames, and that's what mattered as weather did not allow the two clubs to finish the ninth. Despite the eight runs the Raptor offense had just one extra base hit, and that was a solo homer by Moises Perez. Errol Robinson and Keibert Ruiz both drove in two runs each to lead the Raptors.
Starter William Soto allowed four hits and one earned run over five innings, although an error by the defense permitted two additional runs to score against him. Jorge Gonzalez picked up the win with a scoreless sixth, then Jose Santos recorded his third save by striking out the side in the final frame.
Arizona League - AZL Dodgers
The AZL Dodgers held the Brewers hitless over the first five frames, but the wheels fell off in the sixth as the Dodgers ended up losing 7-0. A rehabbing Casey Fien stared the game with a scoreless inning, then Logan Crouse got through the next four innings without any issues. An error contributed to four runs being scored in the sixth, and at that point it was too late for a punchless offense that connected on just two extra base hits.
Dominican Summer League
The Dodgers1 game got postponed, while the Dodgers2 were shutout by the Royals 5-0. Despite the loss 19-year-old starter Jeronimo Castro threw very well as he did not allow an earned run over six innings and struck out seven.
Triple-A: Ross Stripling was recalled to join Los Angeles.
11:05 a.m. PT - Great Lakes (Imani Abdullah) at South Bend (Justin Steele)
12:05 p.m., - Ogden (Roberth Fernandez) at Billings (Max Wotell)
12:05 p.m. - Tulsa (Isaac Anderson) at NW Arkansas (Eric Skoglund)
2:08 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Lisalverto Bonilla) at Iowa (Rob Zastryzny)
5:05 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) at High Desert (Tyler Davis)