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Leo Crawford pitches well but Great Lakes lose late by a run

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Crawford had a very good May and that continued with his start on Thursday

Leo Crawford
Photo credit: Great Lakes Loons

It was not a good day for the Dodger affiliates as only one won. Tulsa won on a slide-off play in the 11th inning, Great Lakes dropped a one-run game, while both Oklahoma City and Rancho Cucamonga tied their games but then almost immediately they gave up the winning runs to their opponents.

Player of the day

Left-handed pitcher Leo Crawford continued his fine pitching form from May into his first start in June. Crawford pitched five innings, giving up five hits, one run, one walk and striking out six.

Crawford struck out 20 and walked two in May, sporting a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers lost 6-3 against Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers) on Thursday. The Dodgers fell behind and then tied the game twice before losing the game.

Brock Stewart made his second rehab start and first for Oklahoma City. Stewart had an active two innings. He threw 50 pitches and gave up three hits, two runs and also struck out five.

Jair Jurrjens followed by pitching four innings and gave up a run and four hits. Chris Heston took the loss as he gave up two runs in the eighth and one run in the ninth.

Willie Calhoun and Charlie Culberson each had two hits, Alex Verdugo doubled in three plate appearances and Trayce Thompson was 1-for-2 with two walks.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers trailed by three going to the bottom of the eighth and then rallied to tie the game and then beat the San Antonio Missions (Padres) 5-4 in the 11th inning.

With two out and Erick Mejia at third and Henry Ramos at first, Tim Locastro hit a grounder to the right side, the first baseman ranged to his right to make the play and tossed the ball to the pitcher who was covering.

Locastro slid headfirst through first base and beat the pitcher to the bag. That allowed Mejia to score the winning run.

The Drillers late rally consisted of a Jose Miguel Fernandez single and an Edwin Rios sacrifice fly in the 8th to bring them within one run. In the ninth, Mejia entered the game as a pinch-runner. Mejia would steal second and then Ramos singled him in to tie the game.

Rios also hit his tenth home run of the season, his .953 OPS is now second in the Texas League while his .583 slugging leads the league.

Andrew Sopko pitched 4⅔ innings and gave up four hits, two runs, walked four and struck out three. Karch Kowalczyk won the game as he pitched the final two innings for the win.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes dropped to .500 as they lost their fifth straight game 9-5 to the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks). The Quakes fell behind and then scored four runs in the fourth to tie the game only to stop scoring at that point. The Rawhide would score three runs in the fifth and then one late run to win.

Caleb Ferguson started and pitched five innings and gave up eight runs (five earned) and seven hits.

Victor Roache hit a two-run home run, Zach McKinstry hit a solo home run. Will Smith, who had a 1.044 OPS in April, hit .160/.324/.309 in May. In his first game in June, Smith had two hits.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons led by a run going to the eighth but then the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers) scored two runs to defeat the Loons 3-2. With two outs, Angel German entered the game with runners on first and third. An defensive indifference proved costly as that was followed by a single to score the tying and go-ahead runs.

Prior to that, Leo Crawford had pitched well, allowing a run in five innings. An Errol Robinson two-run home run had provided all the offense the Loons needed until the eighth.

The Loons did not have much success at the plate on Thursday, having just one plate appearance with runners in scoring position. They also struck out ten times without getting a walk.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled left-handed pitcher Grant Dayton from Oklahoma City and sent RHP Brock Stewart on a rehab assignment to Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City activated catcher Jack Murphy from the 7-day disabled list and released left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell.

Double-A: Outfielder Henry Ramos assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City.

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga placed right-handed pitcher Mitchell White on the 7-day disabled list; right-handed pitcher Ivan Vieitez assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Tulsa; outfielder Darien Tubbs assigned to Extended Spring Training from Rancho Cucamonga; outfielder Victor Roache assigned to Rancho Cucamonga. Great Lakes activated left-handed pitcher Leo Crawford from the 7-day disabled list.

Thursday Scores

Colorado Springs 6, Oklahoma City 3

Tulsa 5, San Antonio 4 (11)

Visalia 9, Rancho Cucamonga 5

West Michigan 3, Great Lakes 2

Friday schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (A.J. Alexy) vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods [Rays] (TBD)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Wilmer Font) vs. Colorado Springs (Michael Blazek)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Josh Sborz) vs. Corpus Christi Hooks [Astros] (Brock Dykxhoorn)

7:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dennis Santana) at Visalia (Jose Almonte)