OKLAHOMA CITY — The final game proved to be the most important, a win by Rancho Cucamonga pulled them within a game of the division lead with three games to go. Great Lakes and the two Dominican Summer League teams also won. Oklahoma City saw the end of their six-game winning streak and Tulsa dropped the first game of a big double-header and then the second game was suspended after seven innings.
Player of the day
Adam Bray carried Rancho Cucamonga’s division title hopes with him to the mound and he responded by keeping Lancaster, who averages over six runs a game, mostly quiet for five innings. Bray finished his five innings allowing just a run and seven hits.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers fell behind early, came back but eventually lost 15-11 to the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals). It was a one-run game going to the 9th inning but the Storm Chasers hit two home runs to make it a five-run game and that was that.
The loss ended the Dodgers six-game winning streak though they still continuing their run-scoring surge, now having scored 60 runs in their last six games.
Justin Masterson started for the Dodgers and pitched 4⅔ innings, he gave up eight hits, seven runs, and six walks. The pitchers that followed Masterson, Justin Marks, Joe Broussard and Jacob Rhame, were unable to keep runs off the scoreboard.
Rhame had the roughest inning as he entered the game with the Dodgers trailing by a run. He would give up two home runs that accounted for four runs, which too much to overcome.
The offense did keep the Dodgers in the game. Willie Calhoun hit a three-run homer. Alex Verdugo was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Trayce Thompson had two hits and scored twice while Kyle Farmer also had two hits with two RBI.
The Drillers and NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals) were scheduled to play two games and they came close to doing so but in the end, the Naturals won the first 4-2 and the second game was suspended due to rain still tied 2-2 after seven.
Walker Buehler returned to action and started the first game. Buehler pitched five innings, gave up five hits, two runs, and one walk. He also struck out six.
The game was tied 2-2 going to the 7th, with one out, Shea Spitzbarth didn’t run to cover first immediately and that cost him a baserunner. Eventually two runs would score and that was enough for the Naturals to take the first game.
In the second game, the Drillers jumped out to a 2-0 lead as they scored twice in the first inning due to a Quincy Latimore ground out and an Edwin Rios RBI single.
The Drillers held a one-run going to the 7th but then with two out and a runner on second, a ground ball was deflected off Rios’ glove and that was enough for the tying run to score.
After the Drillers failed to score in the 7th, the game was delayed and eventually suspended due to rain, it will be made up later today.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes entered the game trailing the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) by two games with four to play. They ended the game with the lead down to one as they defeated the JetHawks 4-1 on Thursday at LoanMart Field.
With the game tied 1-1 going to bottom of the 7th, Victor Roache hit a long home run to right field to give the Quakes the lead. In the 8th, Luke Raley led off with a solo home run and later Will Smith doubled home Luke Raley.
Andrew Istler closed the game and collected his seventh save of the season.
Adam Bray pitched well, giving up just one run to the JetHawks, and along with that, seven hits, one walk and striking out five.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons jumped out to a 4-0 lead and eventually beat the Dayton Dragons (Reds) 8-3. Dustin May pitched 6⅔ innings and got the win. He gave up six hits, three runs, and one walk. May also struck out six.
Oneil Cruz hit a three-run home run in the first inning. The Loons would score four runs in the first inning to take the early lead.
The Dragons would narrow it down to one before Mitchell Hansen drove in a run in the fifth. Later in the game, the Loons would score three more runs to put the game out of reach.
Triple-A: Los Angeles optioned right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City placed right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens on the restricted list and released left-handed pitcher Patrick Schuster.
Double-A: Tulsa activated right-handed pitcher Walker Buehler from the 7-day disabled list; Tulsa placed right-handed pitcher Josh Sborz on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 14, 2017.
3:00 p.m. PT: Tulsa vs. NW Arkansas - Completion of suspended game
4:35 p.m.: Great Lakes (Chris Mathewson) at Bowling Green Hot Rods [Rays] (TBD)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Fabio Castillo) vs. Omaha (Jonathan Dziedzic)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Scott Barlow) vs. NW Arkansas (Zach Lovvorn)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Yadier Alvarez) vs. Lancaster JetHawks (Peter Lambert)