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DJ Peters homers twice in Quakes 8-1 win

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The Quakes got both offense and solid pitching to end their four-game losing streak

D.J. Peters
D.J. Peters
Photo credit: Steve Saenz | Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

RANCHO CUCAMONGA —— A day that saw the split return, two wins and two losses for the Dodgers minor league affiliates. Oklahoma City lost their series at Albuquerque on a walk-off home run and Tulsa could not make a big enough comeback. On the other hand, Rancho Cucamonga ended a losing streak and Great Lakes won a home run festival.

Player of the day

DJ Peters hit two home runs on Friday night to help pace a big win for the Quakes. Peters now has seven home runs and 19 RBI in his first full season of professional baseball.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers only visits their former locale once this season and they will likely be glad to not have to play the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies) in their yard again in 2017. On Friday night, the Dodgers lost 6-4 in the tenth inning to lose the four-game series.

With the game tied 4-4 and one out in the tenth, Madison Younginer gave up a single and then a walk-off two run shot to Dustin Garneau.

The Dodgers trailed 1-0 until O’Koyea Dickson hit his thirteenth home run to tie the game. Kyle Farmer followed with his second home run with the Dodgers, a two-run homer to give the Dodgers a lead.

Wilmer Font was unable to hold on to the lead, in the fifth with two on and two out, Font gave up a two-run double to tie the game. Font pitched six innings and gave up seven hits, three runs, walked one and struck out five. Josh Ravin gave up a run in his one inning of work.

The Dodgers did not hit particularly well in Albuquerque, Willie Calhoun went 2-for-19 for the series. Alex Verdugo was 3-for-13.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers lost 10-7 to the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) as the Drillers fell behind early and could not quite catch up. Andrew Sopko took the loss, he pitched four innings, allowing six hits, seven runs (five earned), walked three and struck out two.

Tulsa had four hitters who each had two hits: Erick Mejia Edwin Rios, Jacob Scavuzzo and Paul Hoenecke.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes had dropped four in a row and were facing the Stockton Ports (Athletics) with a scant one-game lead in the division. Home runs by Yusniel Diaz and DJ Peters gave the Quakes a 3-0 lead in the first and they went on to win 8-1 on Friday at LoanMart Field.

Caleb Ferguson was dominant in his 4⅔ innings start. Ferguson struck out eight and walked one. He did give up a run and four hits but he was mostly in control. Chris Powell, who got the win and Daniel Corcino finished up the game as they allowed no runs and combined to strike out six.

Peters was the offensive star, he hit two no-doubt home runs, a solo shot and a two-run homer. Garrett Kennedy also homered. Along with Diaz, Peters and Kennedy, Brandon Montgomery also had two hits.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons scored at least a run in the second through the seventh innings and that was too much for the Lansing Lugnuts [Blue Jays] who were defeated by the Loons 12-8. The Loons hit three home runs and the Lugnuts powered four out of the park.

Devin Smeltzer started for the Loons and pitched five innings. Smeltzer gave up six runs (five earned), six hits, walked five and struck out three. Andre Scrubb got the win for his inning of work.

The Loons were leading 7-1 going into the bottom of the sixth. Then thunder struck as the Lugnuts hit three of their four home runs, the last one by J.B. Woodman, tied the game 7-7.

But then the Loons came back, with runners on first and third and one out, an error scored a run and put runners on second and third. Another sacrifice fly by Keibert Ruiz gave the Loons their second run.

Mitchell Hansen doubled in the third run and then Luis Paz homered to close the scoring and make it 12-7. The Loons would give up a run but then hold on for the win.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles claimed right-handed pitcher Chris Heston and infielder Mike Freeman off waivers from Seattle and then optioned them to Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City placed infielder Drew Maggi on the temporarily inactive list and activated catcher Brant Whiting from the 7-day disabled list.

Class-A: Great Lakes outfielder Gage Green retired; Great Lakes assigned left-handed pitcher Garrett Harrison assigned to Extended Spring Training and activated left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer from the 7-day disabled list.

Friday Scores

Albuquerque 6, Oklahoma City 4 (10)

Corpus Christi 10, Tulsa 7

Rancho Cucamonga 8, Stockton 1

Great Lakes 12, Lansing 8

Saturday schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Oklahoma City (Julio Urias) at New Orleans Baby Cakes [Marlins] (Chris O'Grady)

4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) at Lansing (Andy Ravel)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) at Corpus Christi (Akeem Bostick)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dennis Santana) vs. Stockton (TBD)