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Mike Ahmed crushes three homers in Quakes win

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Mike Ahmed had three homers on Sunday
Mike Ahmed had three homers on Sunday
Craig Minami

The Quakes and Raptors won high scoring affairs, while the rest of the Dodger minor league affiliates lost on Sunday.

Player of the day

24-year-old Mike Ahmed, who had four homers to his credit prior to this season over 214 games, has seen a power surge in 2016 with 12 homers after Saturday's game. He took that to a whole new level on Sunday by crushing three more long balls, although it should be noted that this took place in the windy high desert.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Yasiel Puig had two hits and three RBI's in his OKC debut, but the Dodgers fell to the Cubs 6-4 and have now lost six of their last eight. Puig grounded out in each of his first two at bats, but connected on an RBI single in the seventh. Then in the ninth he doubled in a pair to get his team within striking distance, but the rally fell just short. Austin Barnes also had two hits, including a double.

On the mound starter Lisalverto Bonilla gave up all six runs, but only three were earned thanks to a couple of errors by his defense. Gus Schlosser tossed a couple of shutout innings of relief.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers were held to just three hits on Sunday as they fell to the Naturals (Royals) 2 -1. Two of the three hits came from Cody Bellinger who was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

2015 40th-round pick Isaac Anderson made his Tulsa debut and threw very well as he allowed just four hits and one run over five innings while punching out six. Anderson started the year in Great Lakes, then made just three starts for Rancho before moving up to AA. Joshua Sborz took the loss after giving up a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth which broke the tie.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes ended their 10-game losing streak against the Mavericks (Rangers) with a 10-9 victory on Sunday. The Rancho offense smacked five homers in the windy High Desert, including three by player of the day Ahmed. Yusniel Diaz was 2-for-5 with one of the other long balls, while Ariel Sandoval reached base four times including a dinger of his own.

On the mound starter Adam Bray was in trouble from the get-go as he permitted nine hits and seven runs in just two innings of work. The relievers did just enough to get the Quakes the win, including five plus frames of relief work by Tim Shibuya that included six walks and no strikeouts, but just two runs allowed.

Class-A Great Lakes

19 year old Leonardo Crawford lost his Loons debut as Great Lakes fell to South Bend 5-2. Originally signed out of Nicaragua, Crawford spent 2015 dominating the DSL (1.41 ERA in 63 innings) before starting this season in Arizona and putting up a 2.58 ERA over 38 frames. On Sunday he threw pretty well despite the loss as he gave up six hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Ivan Vieitez got roughed up out of the bullpen to account for the rest of the runs.

The Loons struggled at the plate as the only notable performances came from Garrett Hope and Saige Jenco as they both went 2-for-4 with a double.

Pioneer - Ogden

The Raptors scored five late runs to win a slug-fest, defeating the Mustangs (Reds) 13 -10. The Ogden offense pounded out 17 hits, although none left the yard. Errol Robinson, DJ Peters, and Brandon Montgomery led the way with three hits each, accounting for four doubles and six RBI's. Keibert Ruiz also contributed with two and three runs knocked in.

The Raptor pitching staff struggled in the victory, with starter Rob McDonnell allowing three runs over four frames. Conor Costello picked up the win despite giving up two runs in his one inning of work, while Jose Santos closed the door for is fourth save of the season.

Arizona League - AZL Dodgers

The AZL Dodgers fell to the Brewers for the second day in a row, this time losing 6 to 1. The only offense to speak of was a homer by Andres Ayon.

Oscar Arzaga started for the Dodgers and gave up two runs over three innings, but the real standout was reliever Jairo Pacheco who tossed five scoreless frames and allowed just two hits.

Dominican Summer League

The Dominican teams were off on Sunday

Transactions

Triple-A: Rob Segedin was promoted to the big leagues, Chris Taylor was optioned back to OKC, and Rob Rogers was sent to Rancho.

Double-A: Tim Shibuya was assigned to Rancho from the Drillers.

Class-A: In addition to the  moves above, the Quakes placed Spencer Navin on the DL and released Derrick Sylvester. Leonardo Crawford was promoted to Great Lakes while Angel German was sent to Arizona.

Sunday Scores

Iowa 6, Oklahoma City 4

NW Arkansas 2, Tulsa 1

Rancho Cucamonga 10, High Desert 9

South Bend 5, Great Lakes 2

Ogden 13, Billings 10

AZL Brewers 6, AZL Dodgers 1

Monday Schedule

4:05 p.m. PT - Great Lakes (Caleb Ferguson) at South Bend (Jose Paulino)

5:08 p.m.  - Oklahoma City (Brett Anderson) at Iowa (Drew Rucinski)

6:00 p.m., - Ogden (Austin French) at Great Falls (TBD)