Saturday night found two teams that was able to put up more than a few runs while the other two had frustrating nights with men on base staying there. Oklahoma City and Great Lakes scored more than enough runs, however Rancho Cucamonga fell behind early and could not catch up and Tulsa had plenty of hits but no runs.
Player of the day
Julio Urias made his first start since being optioned and he had a fine game. Urias pitched six innings, gave up a run and three hits. Urias struck out four and walked two.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers went down south to take on the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins) and took the first game of their four-game series by a 10-2 score. Julio Urias started and gave up one run in his six-inning start. Urias scattered three hits and two walks while striking out four.
The Dodgers scored their first two runs with assist of two Baby Cakes errors. The next three runs were scored due to back-to-back hits from Charlie Culberson and Urias. With the bases-loaded and one run in, Urias singled home two more runs to make it 5-0.
The Dodgers had 14 hits, every starter had at least one hit. Max Muncy went 3-for-4 with a home run, O’Koyea Dickson hit his 14th home run.
The Drillers had ten hits and no runs as they dropped a 1-0 game to the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros). The Hooks offense consisted of four consecutive walks by Drillers starter Josh Sborz.
Sborz left after two innings and Tim Shibuya, Michael Johnson and Corey Copping combined to toss six scoreless innings.
The Drillers best chance to score was in the fifth. Paul Hoenecke led off with a double. Michael Ahmed got the one hit the Drillers had with runners in scoring position but Hoenecke was held at third.
Tim Locastro followed with a liner to center, Hooks outfielder Drew Ferguson caught it and make a good throw to catch Hoenecke trying to score.
The Drillers struck out ten times and had no walks. They were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, leaving nine on base.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes saw the Stockton Ports (Athletics) score three runs before they came to bat and they could not catch them, losing 4-2 on Saturday night. Right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart made his first rehab start of the season and it was a little shaky.
Stewart saw the leadoff hitter get on base due to an error. A double and single followed scoring the first run. With runners on first and third and one out, Stewart threw a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
In the end, Stewart faces six batters, gets one out and three runs score. Dennis Santana entered the game to start the third inning and he pitched very well.
Santana pitched six innings, allowed a run and six hits, he walked one and struck out five.
The Ports would add one more to make 4-0 before the Quakes were able to make a game of it. With one out, the Quakes had loaded the bases and then Jared Walker drove in two to make it 4-2. But Ariel Sandoval grounded into a double play to end the threat.
It was an odd game in the sense, the Quakes had but three hits but they received nine walks.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons trailed 2-0 to the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) until the fourth when they tied it 2-2. A big sixth inning produce four runs and the Loons went on to win 7-2.
A.J. Alexy made the start and gave up two runs (one earned) in 3⅔ innings, Alexy struck out four and walked two. Austin French got the win and Miguel Urena pitched three innings to pick up the save.
Luis Paz went 2-for-4 with a double and triple and three RBI. Brendon Davis hit his fourth home run, a two-run shot. Cody Thomas had two hits and an RBI.
Class-A: Right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart was sent by Los Angeles on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga; right-handed pitcher Lenix Osuna assigned from Rancho Cucamonga to Extended Spring Training; right-handed pitcher Dennis Santana was activated by Rancho Cucamonga from 7-day disabled list.
11:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (Chris Mathewson) at Lansing (TBD)
2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Yadier Alvarez) vs. Stockton (TBD)
4:00 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Justin Masterson) at New Orleans (Stephen Fife)
4:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) at Corpus Christi (Dean Deetz)