Oklahoma City was the only winner on Friday, Tulsa was shutout while Rancho Cucamonga was on the wrong end of offensive explosion in Lancaster.
Player of the day
Charlie Culberson had two hits and three RBI in OKC’s win. Culberson has six hits in his last two games and is hitting .275 with a .351 OBP. He’s primarily played shortstop this season, starting there 15 times in his 18 starts.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City got strong pitching and a late four run inning defeat the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) 6-1 to win their fourth straight game. Wilmer Font pitched 5⅔ innings and gave up a run.
Font struck out seven and got his second win of the season. Just arrived Adam Bray pitched 3⅓ innings to get the save.
In the third inning, Charlie Culberson doubled in Darnell Sweeney to score OKC’s first run. Culberson later scored on O’Koyea Dickson’s sacrifice fly. Later, in the seventh inning, with two out, Culberson singled in Bobby Wilson and Sweeney to make it 4-1.
Calhoun would then single in Culberson and Calhoun would score on a Dickson double.
The Drillers could not put together any offense and were shutout 4-0 by the NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals). Andrew Sopko pitched a solid five innings in the loss.
Sopko allowed a run, five hits and struck out six. Michael Johnson allowed two runs in 2⅔ innings and Ralston Cash gave up a run in 1⅓ innings pitched.
The Drillers only had four singles and three walks and were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes scored 10 runs and it was not enough as they lost to the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) 16-10 on Friday night. Mitch White had his second poor outing at Lancaster as he could only go 2⅔ innings and he gave up eight runs (five earned), eight hits, walked one and struck out four.
White did not get the loss because the Quakes came back to tie the game 8-8 in the fifth inning but then Dean Kremer gave up six runs in the bottom of the inning and JetHawks never looked back. One other note, the JetHawks scored 13 runs with two outs.
The Quakes got an early lead due to home runs by Will Smith, D.J. Peters, Logan Landon and Ibandel Isabel. But the inability to get that third out in the third and fifth innings lost the game for the Quakes.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons and Dayton Dragons (Reds) game was postponed due to rain.
Triple-A: Infielder Max Muncy was signed to a minor league contract and then assigned to Oklahoma City; right-handed pitcher Parker Curry assigned to Oklahoma City from Great Lakes; right-handed pitcher Adam Bray assigned to Oklahoma City from Rancho Cucamonga; Oklahoma City placed catcher Brant Whiting on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 26, 2017.
Class-A: Right-handed pitcher Carlos Felix assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Arizona Dodgers; right-handed pitcher Miguel Urena assigned to Great Lakes from Extended Spring Training.
3:00 p.m.: Great Lakes (Leo Crawford) & (TBD) at Dayton (Scott Moss) & (TBD)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Justin Masterson) at Omaha (Josh Staumont)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Joshua Sborz) vs. NW Arkansas (Zach Lovvorn)
6:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Caleb Ferguson) at Lancaster (Peter Lambert )