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A.J. Alexy throws five scoreless innings in Loons 2-1 win

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Alexy has his longest outing in his pro career, Cody Thomas solo homer is the difference

A.J. Alexy pitched five scoreless innings on Sunday for Great Lakes.
Photo credit: Great Lakes Loons

A good day for the Dodger minor league affiliates with three out of four picking up wins. Oklahoma City and Rancho Cucamonga were able to win somewhat comfortably while Great Lakes played a tight one-run game. On the other hand, Tulsa could not generate any offense and took the lone loss.

Player of the day

2016 11th round pick A.J. Alexy had his longest outing in his short career. The recently turned the Loons 19-year old right-handed pitcher threw five scoreless innings and gave just one hit, one walk and he struck out three.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers won behind another solid Jair Jurrjens start defeating the Round Rock Express (Rangers) 6-2 on Sunday. Jurrjens had another six innings start, his fifth in six starts, and he allowed two runs and nine hits. He struck out seven without issuing a walk.

Madison Younginer got a three-inning save by retiring all nine batters he faced and recording four strikeouts along the way.

Charlie Culberson and recently acquired Max Muncy hit home runs. Culberson and Drew Maggi each had three hits. Scott Van Slyke was 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers could not do much at the plate in their 4-1 loss to the Springfield Cardinals. Tulsa’s one run was the result of one of their two hits, a solo homer by Mike Ahmed. Edwin Rios had the other hit, a single in the first inning.

Isaac Anderson gave up three runs (two earned) in his four innings of work. Ralston Cash allowed the other run in his two innings. Yaisel Sierra finished the game with three scoreless innings, retiring all nine batters he faced, four by strikeout.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes were able to beat both the weather and the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels) on Sunday and thus, split their four-game series with a 6-0 win at LoanMart Field.

Per a source, scheduled starting pitcher Yadier Alvarez was sent home due to a personal reason. The Quakes gave the ball to right-handed pitcher Ryan Moseley and he stepped in and did a fine job with both the situation and the weather.

Ah, the weather, for the first three, four innings, there was a steady drizzle and a strong wind in the area. The wind was blowing in from right field and in one case, it stopped a 101 MPH exit velocity ball from being a home run and turned it into a somewhat routine fly out.

Back to Moseley, he pitched four innings, allowed two hits and walked one. He also struck out three. Andrew Istler, who got the win, pitched three innings, gave up three hits and struck out two. Alex Hermeling finished up with a two-inning stint where he walked one but then got a double play to end up facing the minimum six batters.

The Quakes opened the scoring when with two out in the first, Luke Raley and Yusniel Diaz singled and then on ball four to Ibandel Isabel, the pitch got away and Raley scored from second.

In the bottom of the fourth, still with the weather a factor, the Quakes scored four runs and the first three scored on two fielder choices and a walk. The fourth run scored on Luke Raley’s single.

Logan Landon hit a solo home run in the seventh to cap the scoring.

The Quakes did have 12 hits, Raley had three hits. Ariel Sandoval and Landon each had two.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons and the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals) were locked into a good old-fashioned pitching duel until a 1-1 tie was broken by Cody Thomas and the Loons won 2-1.

After the Chiefs tied the game in the top of the seventh, Cody Thomas hit his fifth home run of the year to break that tie and that run was the difference in the game. Thomas has had a slow start in his first full season of professional baseball, he is hitting .204/.278/.388 in 98 at-bats. Thomas has struck out 37 times while walking 10 times.

The Loons scored first when Gage Green doubled home Keibert Ruiz. The Chiefs tied the game on a one-out home run by Matt Davis.

After Alexy pitched his five scoreless innings, Willian Soto gave up the tying run but then he got the win. Soto pitched three innings and Sven Schuller finished up with one inning to get the save.

Transactions

Triple-A: Oklahoma City placed right-handed pitcher Steve Geltz on the 7-day disabled list; right-handed pitcher Layne Somsen assigned to Oklahoma City from Extended Spring Training.

Sunday scores

Oklahoma City 6, Round Rock 2

Springfield 4, Tulsa 1

Rancho Cucamonga 6, Inland Empire 0

Great Lakes 2, Peoria 1

Monday schedule

9:05 a.m.: Tulsa (Colt Hynes) vs. Springfield (TBD)

4:30 p.m.: Great Lakes (Jordan Sheffield) at Kane County Cougars [Diamondbacks] (Jon Duplantier)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Trevor Oaks) at Round Rock Express (Anthony Bass)