Oklahoma City hangs on for a one-run win while the other three teams lose on Thursday.
Player of the day
Willie Calhoun has started at second base in 12 of Oklahoma City’s first 15 games. While he does not have a home run yet, Calhoun does have four doubles this season. On Thursday, he went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Trailing 2-0 in the second, Darnell Sweeney tripled in the first run and he scored on a passed ball. Later that inning, Calhoun singled in Cody Bellinger. The Sounds tied the game in the fifth but then O’Koyea Dickson homered to break the tie and ultimately provided the winning score.
The Drillers lost 2-1 to NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals) as they went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Their ninth inning typified their frustration, Edwin Rios and Kyle Farmer both singled to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base.
But then Paul Hoenecke hit into a double play and after a walk, Matt Beaty grounded out to end the game.
Colt Hynes and Fabio Castillo pitched for the Drillers, each gave up a run and they combined to strike out three and walked one.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes were shutout 4-0 by Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) on Thursday night. They were shutout despite getting eight hits and six walks.
The Quakes were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and they also hit into double plays. Omar Estevez had three hits and Yusniel Diaz was 1-for-2 with two walks.
Dennis Santana started and pitched 4⅓ innings and he gave up two runs, eight hits and struck out four.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons lost 7-5 in extra-innings to Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres), the TinCaps scored three runs in the eleventh inning and the Loons could only score a run in their comeback effort.
The Loons pitcher who gave up the go-ahead runs was catcher Steve Berman. Berman had pitched a scoreless tenth inning but in the eleventh, Berman and later Luis Paz, the Loons starting first baseman, gave up three runs in that inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Berman singled to bring the tying run to the plate and later, his fellow pitcher, Luis Paz flew out to end the game.
Infielder Gavin Lux made his Midwest League debut and went 0-for-3 with two walks.
No transactions reported on Thursday.
3:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (A.J. Alexy) vs. Fort Wayne (Jerry Keel)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Julio Urias) vs. Nashville (Chris Smith)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Ivan Vieitez) at NW Arkansas (Christian Binford)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Walker Buehler) vs. Inland Empire 66ers [Angels] (Jake Jewell)