OKC won behind Cody Bellinger's big day, while the Loons clinched a playoff spot
Player of the day
Bellinger made his first start for OKC a memorable one as he homered twice and scored three runs. After crushing 23 long balls for the Drillers this season, the first baseman has continued his power barrage in AAA.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers dominated the Storm Chasers (Royals) with a 8 to 1 win on Sunday. Left fielder O'Koyea Dickson was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, and four RBI's to lead the offense. First baseman Player of the day Bellinger also had three hits, including a pair of homers for the offense.
On the mound starter Chase De Jong allowed just one run over five frames, strikeout out eight. Ralston Cash recorded the hold while Same LeCure and Jacob Rhame closed the door for the win
The Drillers outhit the opposition but still fell to the Cardinals 3 to 2. Pinch hitter Tyler Ogle connected on a two-run homer to contribute to the scoring, while Joey Curletta and Alex Verdugo both went 2-for-4.
Starter Isaac Anderson was great on the mound as he tossed five shutout frames, but Michael Johnson had some trouble in relief as he gave up four hits and all three runs.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Modesto (Rockies) scored a couple of late runs to defeat the Quakes 4 to 3. Starting pitcher Adam Bray was impressive in the loss as he allowed just one unearned run over five innings, permitting just three hits. David Reid-Foley was the one that the opposition got to as he gave up three additional runs.
The offense was led by Matt Beaty who went 3-for-4 with a double and raised his average to .294 for the season. Noah Perio had the only other extra base hit with a double bagger of his own.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons clinched a playoff spot in dramatic fashion on Sunday as they walked-off with a 1-0 victory over the Whitecaps (Tigers). Omar Estevez got the rally going with a lead-off single in the bottom of the ninth, and after a sacrifice bunt and a fly out he was standing on second base. With two outs and the playoffs on the line Jake Henson stepped up and knocked a single through the middle to secure the win.
As was the trend with the other full season clubs, Great Lakes got great pitching as Caleb Ferguson fired six shutout frames while allowing just four hits. Jose Santos did the rest with three nearly perfect frames as he struck out six and gave up just one hit.
Rookie - Ogden
Idaho Falls (Royals) scored four times in the top of the ninth to secure a 8 to 7 come from behind victory over the Raptors. In terms of the playoff picture, Ogden needs to win three out four in their upcoming series with Grand Junction to make the postseason. The offense connected on three homers in the defeat as Luis Paz, Jordan Paroubeck, and Jared Walker all went deep. Paz also doubled while driving in four.
Starter Austin French didn't last long as he allowed three runs over three innings, and from there the bullpen threw well until the final frame. Jorge Gonzalez was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs, while Vinny Santarsiero was charged with the blown save.
10:05 a.m. PT - Oklahoma City (Roy Merritt) at Omaha (Jake Junis)
11:05: a.m. - West Michigan (Sandy Baez) at Great Lakes (Victor Gonzalez)
2:05 p.m. - Modesto (Jack Wynkoop) at Rancho Cucamonga (Felipe Gonzalez)
4:05 p.m. - Springfield (Austin Gomber) at Tulsa (Seth Frankoff)
6:05 p.m. - Ogden (Rob McDonnell) at Grand Junction (Luis Guzman)