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Walker Buehler strikes out six and wins first Texas League game

Oklahoma City, Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes drop their Sunday games

Walker Buehler
Walker Buehler when he was with Rancho Cucamonga
Craig Minami - True Blue LA

Tulsa took home the lone victory flag on Sunday. Oklahoma City and Rancho Cucamonga dropped their games while the Loons took a tough one-run extra-inning loss.

Player of the day

Walker Buehler pitched five innings for the first time in his professional career and that was enough for him to get his first win in the Texas League. Buehler was making his fourth appearance for the Drillers since his promotion and he gave up a run on two hits. Buehler struck out six and walked one.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers scored two runs in the first inning and then saw the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins) score many more and the Baby Cakes defeated the Dodgers 11-2. Justin Masterson had his second straight start of allowing five or more runs.

Masterson pitched 3⅔ innings and gave up five runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks. Justin Marks followed with 1⅓ innings of work, he allowed four runs (three earned).

Old friend Stephen Fife got the win against the Dodgers, he went six innings and gave up two runs and two hits.

For the Dodgers, Max Muncy had two hits including a double and two RBI. Willie Calhoun also doubled.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers defeated the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) 3-1 behind strong pitching by Walker Buehler and four relievers. The relievers, Colt Hynes, Ralston Cash, Edward Paredes and Shea Spitzbarth each pitched a scoreless inning.

Buehler has settled in at Tulsa, he made his fourth appearance and he is pitching on a regular schedule.

The Drillers scored in the second inning when Edwin Rios doubled and Michael Ahmed singled him in. In the third inning, after a Jose Miguel Fernandez double, Kyle Garlick hit a two-run home run.

Buehler gave up his first home run of the season to Jack Mayfield in the fifth that accounted for all of the Hooks scoring.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes battled back to tie the Stockton Ports (Athletics) but then Yadier Alvarez walked two and then gave up a three-run home run in the fifth that put the Ports ahead for good and they beat the Quakes 7-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Alvarez pitched four innings and gave up nine hits, six runs, those two walks and struck out five.

Trailing 3-0 into the third inning, Luke Raley hit a three-run homer to temporarily tie the game at 3-3. For Raley, that was his fourth home run of the season.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons dropped a 1-0 game to the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) when Bo Bichette got a two-out walk-off single to win the game in the twelfth inning. Sven Schuller took the loss for the Loons.

Chris Mathewson started for the Loons and he pitched 3⅔ scoreless innings. Vinny Santarsiero followed with 2⅓ scoreless innings. Angel German might be someone to watch, the 21-year old pitched three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. He’s now pitched 13⅔ innings and he has struck out 21 though he has also walked seven.

The Loons went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Oneil Cruz had two hits for the Loons.


Triple-A: Oklahoma City placed left-handed pitcher Patrick Schuster on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 26, 2017.

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga placed right-handed pitcher Daniel Corcino on the 7-day disabled list and activated right-handed pitcher Kevin Brown from the 7-day disabled list. Great Lakes placed outfielder Carlos Rincon on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 27, 2017 and activated infielder Gersel Pitre from the 7-day disabled list.

Sunday Scores

New Orleans 11, Oklahoma City 3

Tulsa 3, Corpus Christi 1

Stockton 7, Rancho Cucamonga 4

Lansing 1, Great Lakes 0 (12)

Monday schedule

10:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) at Lansing (Justin Maese)

11:00 a.m.: Oklahoma City (Trevor Oaks) at New Orleans (Kelvin Marte)

2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) vs. Stockton (TBD)