All four games were close but only the Tulsa Drillers could prevail, Oklahoma City and Great Lakes scored plenty of runs in their one-run defeats while Rancho Cucamonga has not been able to get their bats going yet.
Player of the day
O’Koyea Dickson hit two solo home runs on Saturday night in Oklahoma City’s 10-9 loss. Dickson hit .328/.398/.596 with 18 home runs in 2016 and he will look to continue to make a name for himself in 2017.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Fabio Castillo started for the Dodgers and he gave up five runs in four innings pitched. Pedro Baez made his second rehab appearance and his pitching line (two runs allowed in ⅔ innings pitched) is a bit deceiving as Patrick Schuster allowed both of the inherited runners that Baez left to score.
Going into the eighth inning, the Dodgers were down by six runs. O’Koyea Dickson hit the first of his two home runs to make it 10-5. In the ninth inning, with no outs, Cody Bellinger hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot which was then followed by Dickson’s second home run.
Alex Verdugo walked and was sacrificed to second. But then, Verdugo was doubled off second when Charlie Culberson hit a line drive that was caught by the second baseman who touched second to end the game.
The Drillers took an early lead and after the game was tied for the second time, Mike Ahmed got his third hit of the game to give the Drillers the one-run lead for the 7-6 win over Midland RockHounds (Athletics).
Both Ahmed and Wynston Sawyer had three hits and Jacob Scavuzzo hit his first home run of the season. Jose Miguel Fernandez went 2-for-5.
Yaisel Sierra had allowed the RockHounds to tie the game in the seventh but he came back to pitch a scoreless eighth and he got the win. Joe Broussard pitched the final 1⅔ innings to get the save.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Stockton Ports (Athletics) scored three runs in the fourth which ended up being enough for a 3-1 win over the Quakes. Dennis Santana was the tough luck recipient of the loss, pitching 3⅔ innings and giving up three runs but only one was earned.
The Quakes went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The final frustration was when the Quakes got two men on base in the ninth with only one out. But then, Yusniel Diaz hit into a game ending double play.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons are still winless but they did see some spark from their offense as they lost 9-8 to the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays). Players that Dodger fans may want to keep an eye on include outfielder Carlos Rincon, infielder Oneil Cruz and catcher Keibert Ruiz, who all contributed in the Loons offensive effort.
Rincon and Cruz both hit their first home runs, Ruiz scored three runs and doubled. Brendon Davis also went 2-for-3.
The Dodgers 2016 3rd Round pick Dustin May made his Midwest League debut and the 19-year old allowed six runs (five earned) in 2⅓ innings. May did strike out three while giving up five hits and walking two.
No transactions reported.
11:05 a.m. - Great Lakes (Devin Smeltzer) at Lansing (Andy Ravel)
12:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Jair Jurrjens) vs. Iowa (Jake Buchanan)
2:05 p.m. - Tulsa (Colt Hynes) at Midland (Reed Garrett)
2:09 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (Dean Kremer) at Stockton (AJ Puk)