Dodger affiliates were already 0-for-5 on Friday when the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes prepared to play the second game of their doubleheader. However, fortune changed when Ibandel Isabel hit the first of his two home runs that gave the Quakes a 2-0 lead in the first and from then the Quakes went on to no-hit the Stockton Ports (Athletics) for a 4-0 win.
Eric Stephen wrote about the Quakes and Ports split doubleheader here.
Player of the day
Ibandel Isabel provided all the offense with two 2-run home runs in the 4-0 no-hit win in the second game of the double-header. That was enough to share with his teammates, pitchers Mitchell White and Alex Hermeling, today’s Player of the day award.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City fell behind by four runs in the first and they could not come back losing 7-5 to the Iowa (Cubs).
Trailing 5-1 in the fourth, Willie Calhoun doubled in two runs and then immediately scored when Charlie Culberson singled him in. But a double play ended that threat and the Dodgers never threatened again.
Alex Verdugo had a double and a triple, Brett Eibner hit a solo home run in the ninth to tally the Dodgers last run.
Wilmer Font started and gave up the grand slam home run in the first that put the Dodgers behind early. Font pitched five innings and allowed six runs, five hits and walked one. He was signed as a minor league free agent in December.
Pedro Baez made his first rehabilitation appearance and he retired all three batters he faced.
The Drillers scored twice as many runs as they did on Thursday but it wasn’t enough as they lost their second straight game 5-2 to Midland RockHounds (Athletics).
Catcher Kyle Farmer had three hits including a double and Matt Beaty went 2-for-4.
Isaac Anderson took the loss as he gave up two runs, five hits and walked four.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
As noted above, Eric Stephen recapped the Ports and Quakes split of their doubleheader.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons began their defense of their 2016 Midwest League championship on Friday by losing both games in their doubleheader against the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays).
In the first game, the Loons trailed 2-0 in the third inning and were able to take a 3-2 lead. Then Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. and Bo Bichette each hit home runs to pace the Lugnuts eventual 6-3 win. Guerrero is the son of former AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero and Bichette is the son of former All-Star Dante Bichette.
In the second game, the Lugnuts shutout the Loons 2-0. The Loons got solid pitching by Sven Schuller and Parker Curry, Curry was especially effective, striking out six in 3⅓ innings pitched.
Oklahoma City: Los Angeles Dodgers recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Fields from Oklahoma City. Fields was recalled as a result of left-handed pitcher Rich Hill being placed on the disabled list. To replace Fields, right-handed pitcher Layne Somsen was assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa. Finally, as noted above, right-handed pitcher Pedro Baez began his rehabilitation on Friday.
Tulsa: To replace Somsen, left-handed pitcher Wes Helsabeck was assigned to Tulsa from Rancho Cucamonga.
Rancho Cucamonga: Right-handed pitcher James Carter was assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from AZL Dodgers.
Great Lakes: No transactions reported.
3:05 p.m. - Great Lakes (Dustin May) at Lansing (Patrick Murphy)
5 p.m. - Tulsa (Tim Shibuya) at Midland (Heath Fillmyer)
5:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Fabio Castillo) vs. Iowa (Aaron Brooks)
7:10 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (Dennis Santana) at Stockton (Daulton Jeffries)