RANCHO CUCAMONGA —- All was great for the Dodger affiliates as they were one out away from going three-for-three on Memorial Day. But then the Stockton Ports tied the game and later put up a lot of runs to take three of four from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes who fell two games behind with three weeks to go in the first half.
However, Oklahoma City and Great Lakes did win their games to make the day mostly good for the minor league teams.
Player of the day
Trevor Oaks pitched very well on Monday going a season-high seven innings. He gave up no runs, two hits and struck out seven but he is more likely to gush about what happened in the top of the eighth.
With two on and two out, Oaks batted for himself. He made a six-run lead become a nine-run lead when he hit his first professional home run. Prior to him hitting the home run, Oaks was 3-for-34 in his limited batting career.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers got a tremendous start from Trevor Oaks and three home runs to defeat the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins) 11-1 on Monday. As noted above, Oaks hit his first home run of his career. Willie Calhoun hit his tenth and Alex Verdugo hit his first of the season.
The Dodgers had 13 hits to go along with their 11 runs. Verdugo was 3-for-5 with a double to go along with his home run. He also had five RBI. Drew Maggi was 3-for-4 with two runs scored..
Oaks pitched a season-high seven innings, he gave up no runs and two hits, he struck out seven. Grant Dayton gave up a run in his inning. Jacob Rhame finished it up with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Drillers had Monday off. They return to action on Tuesday as they host the San Antonio Missions (Padres).
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes were trying to split their series against Stockton Ports (Athletics) and had it right in front of them as they had two out in the ninth and the lead. But then a walk and base hit tied the game and it became an extra-inning game.
In the 12th inning, a one-out error opened the flood gates and before it was done, the Quakes were dropped by a 8-3 score.
Luke Raley and Ibandel Isabel each hit solo home runs. It was Raley’s fifth and Isabel’s 11th home run of the season. The Quakes scored another run on a fielder’s choice.
Bray had a season-high seven strikeouts in the five-inning start. Bray allowed five hits and one unearned run. The run scored after an error by shortstop Zach McKinstry left runners on first and second. An RBI single by Seth Brown gave the Ports their first run.
Michael Boyle relieved Bray and pitched three scoreless innings until the ninth. For Boyle, it was his first appearance in 2017. A one-out double by Sean Murphy was followed by a foul out, then Chris Iriart singled Murphy home to make it a one-run game.
Quakes reliever Alex Hermeling came in with a runner on and two out. A walk and a single tied the game at 3-3. The Quakes did not score in the ninth and both sides went down easily in the tenth.
Quakes right-hander Andrew Istler entered in the 11th inning and with the help of the second runner trying to steal caught by catcher Will Smith, he faced the minimum three hitters. Boomer Biegalski, who gave up four home runs last Friday, came in the game in bottom of the 11th.
Biegalski gave up a leadoff double and then issued an intentional walk but he retired the next three in a row to take it to the 12th inning.
Chris Powell took over for the Quakes in the 12th. A one-out error put a runner at first base. A double put runners on second and third. An intentional walk followed by a single broke the tie.
The back breaker was a bases-clearing double that was just fair, then a bloop hit scored the fifth and final run for the Ports.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons scored two runs in the ninth and beat the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 5-3. With two on and two out in the ninth, Keibert Ruiz and Gersel Pitre had back-to-back RBI singles to give the Loons the lead.
Things looked bad in the bottom of the inning, the Lugnuts put the tying runs on base and two of the best prospects in baseball, Bo Bichette and Vladamir Guerrero, Jr. were due up.
Bichette already had two hits in the game and before the game the 19-year old was hitting .372/.449/.590. Loons reliever Christian Stolo got Bichette to fly out to centerfielder Cody Thomas.
That brought up Vladamir Guerrero, Jr. who was hitting .333/.432/.503 before the game. Guerrero has excellent strike-zone judgment, striking out only 22 times in over 180 plate appearances this year. However, Stolo got Guerrero, Jr. swinging to end the threat and the game.
Ruiz, Pitre and Erick Meza each had two hits. Steve Berman had three hits.
Jordan Sheffield started and went 1⅔ innings. He was removed after hitting 45 pitches so it was likely done for pitch count reasons. Nolan Long pitched 3⅓ and allowed a run, three hits and struck out three. Stolo finished by pitching four innings. He gave up the tying run in the seventh, but because he was still around to finish the game, he received the win for that effort.
Triple-A: Los Angeles purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow from Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City activated right-handed pitcher Jacob Rhame from the 7-day disabled list and activated infielder Drew Maggi from the temporarily inactive list. Oklahoma City placed catcher Brant Whiting on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 28, 2017.
Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga activated left-handed pitcher Michael Boyle from the 7-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Yadier Alvarez on the temporarily inactive list.
Oklahoma City 11, New Orleans 1
Stockton 8, Rancho Cucamonga 3 (12)
4:00 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. West Michigan Whitecaps [Tigers] (Alfred Gutierrez)
5:00 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Jair Jurrjens) at New Orleans (Adam Conley)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) vs. San Antonio Missions [Padres] (Brett Kennedy)