Three of the five Dodger affiliates won on Sunday. Oklahoma City and Rancho Cucamonga celebrated four game sweeps and Great Lakes took three of four. Ogden dropped another to Orem just like Tulsa lost to a team with their number recently.
Player of the day
Walker Buehler struck out eight in the first three innings and went on to get ten strikeouts in a five inning start for Tulsa. Buehler did give up a two-run homer that accounted for all of the Naturals’ runs but that was all he gave up on Sunday.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Justin Masterson pitched 5⅔ innings and gave up six hits, one run and three walks. He also struck out nine.
Joe Broussard, Jacob Rhame and Madison Younginer finished up with scoreless bullpen work.
Two big hits supplied the scoring, with two runners on base in the third inning, Trayce Thompson tripled them in to give the Dodgers a lead they never gave up.
Willie Calhoun led off the 6th inning with his sixteenth home run of the season to make it 3-1.
Alex Verdugo was 2-for-4 with two singles, those hits extended his hitting streak to 16 games which match his career high. His other 16-game hitting streak was back in 2014 when he played in the Arizona League.
The Drillers were beaten 2-1 by the NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals) on Sunday. Walker Buehler struck out 10 in his five innings, included in that total was eight of the first nine outs he got were by strikeout.
Buehler and Drillers lost because in the fourth, a single followed by a two-run homer were enough to beat them. Four relievers followed Buehler and they each recorded an scoreless inning.
The Drillers outhit the Naturals eight to two but they went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes had their four-game sweep over the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) with their 8-3 win.
It was too bad this didn’t happen last week when a four-game sweep over Lancaster would have meant a first-half division title for the Quakes. This weekend’s sweep stated their second-half in good fashion.
Dennis Santana matched his season high of seven innings pitched. Santana got his fifth win, he gave up seven hits, two runs and walked two. He also struck out eight which matched his season high.
The Quakes had another big day at the plate, of their 13 hits, nine were for extra-bases with five doubles, a triple and three home runs.
Yusniel Diaz was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run, Will Smith and Garrett Kennedy hit back-to-back solo shots that regained the lead for the Quakes.
Victor Roache also had three hits and DJ Peters and Jared Walker had two hits apiece.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons won 2-1 over the South Bend Cubs to win their first series in the second-half. With the game tied 1-1, Darien Tubbs hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to score Steve Berman.
Earlier in the game, Berman scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0 Loons.
Dustin May had his first start since starting last Tuesday’s Midwest League All-Star Game. May pitched 6⅓ scoreless innings giving up only five hits and two walks. May struck out five.
The Raptors and the Orem Owlz (Angels) scored a lot of runs on Sunday with the Owlz defeating the Raptors 11-9. That win made it four of five for the Owlz against the Raptors in their first week of league play.
Zach Reks made his professional debut on Sunday for the Raptors. Reks was drafted in the 10th round earlier this month. The outfielder went 1-for-1 with a walk and two runs scored. Tyler Adkinson, the Dodgers 32nd round pick from this year’s draft also made his debut and the outfielder also went 1-for-1 with two RBI.
Ryan Bannon and Connor Heady also made their made their first starts since being drafted and they went hitless on Sunday.
The AZL Dodgers were off on Sunday
Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled infielder Mike Freeman from Oklahoma City.
Rookie: 2017 8th round draft pick third baseman Ryan Bannon, 2017 10th round pick outfielder Zach Reks, 2017 23rd round draft pick shortstop Connor Heady, 2017 32nd round draft pick outfielder Tyler Adkison were all assigned to Ogden.
4:00 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Leo Crawford) at Lake County Captains [Indians] (Micah Miniard)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Scott Barkow) at Memphis Redbirds [Cardinals] (TBD)
6:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) at Lake Elsinore Storm [Padres] (TBD)
6:05 p.m.: Ogden (Adalberto Pena) at Orem Owlz [Angels] (Andres Heredia)
7:00 p.m.: AZL Athletics at AZL Dodgers