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Willie Calhoun homers but OKC drops game in the 9th

Alex Verdugo’s hitting streak ends at 20 games

Willie Calhoun
Oklahoma City Dodgers

Not a great day for the Dodger minor-league teams, only the AZL Dodgers and DSL Dodgers1 won on Saturday.

Player of the day

Willie Calhoun hit what looked to be a game-winner homer but Nashville rallied to win. Calhoun now has 18 home runs and a .922 OPS.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers could not protect a one-run lead and the Nashville Sounds (Athletics) were able to score twice in the ninth to snatch a 5-4 win over the Dodgers.

Marty McBride led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk. After one was out, Kenny Wilson doubled to right and Marcus Semien singled in two runs to give the Sounds the win.

Prior to that, Willie Calhoun had hit a two-run homer in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and give the Dodgers their short-lived lead.

Scott Barlow made his second start for the Dodgers and he pitched five innings and allowed two runs, five hits and walked two. He also struck out seven.

Alex Verdugo went 0-for-4 to end his 20-game hitting streak.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers had one out left in the ninth inning when Jacob Scavuzzo hit a two-run homer and Blake Gailen followed with his second home run in the game to tie the game 8-8. But the Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers) would get the win on a walk-off home run by Eric Aguilera taking a 9-8 decision.

Despite the Drillers getting sixteen hits, they only went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Errol Robinson, Edwin Rios, Quincy Latimore, and Matt Beaty each had two hits.

Erick Mejia and Gailen recorded three hits apiece.

Chris Rearick started for Drillers and pitched four innings, he gave up eight hits, six runs and three walks.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes gave up another big inning and the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) won their second straight 6-3 over the Quakes. Isaac Anderson started for the Quakes and gave up five runs and six hits in 2⅔ innings.

Yusniel Diaz, Luke Raley and Ibandel Isabel each had two hits. Diaz hit a solo home run.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons lost 8-3 to the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers). Leading 2-0 going to the fifth, Leo Crawford gave up three unearned runs that gave the lead to the Whitecaps.

Crawford pitched 4⅓ and he also gave up two hits and two walks. Crawford also struck out seven.

Catcher Keibert Ruiz went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Cristian Santana singled and struck out twice in his Midwest League debut.

Rookie-level Ogden

The Raptors were shutout 7-0 by the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals) on Saturday. Trailing 1-0, the Raptors gave up four runs in the seventh inning that put the game out of reach.

Rookie-level Arizona

The AZL Dodgers led 3-0 going to the bottom of the ninth but then the AZL Mariners tied the game to go to extra-innings. However, that did not last long as the Dodgers scored two runs and won 5-3 in ten innings.

Catcher Jair Camargo drove in three runs and he had three singles.


Double-A: Catcher Jack Murphy assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City; Tulsa placed catcher Paul Hoenecke on the 7-day disabled list.

Rookie: Right-handed pitchers Evy Ruiba (2017 16th round), Dan Jagiello (2017 34th round), Colby Nealy (2017 35th round), Confesor Inoa and Luis Pasen assigned to AZL Dodgers.

Saturday’s Scores

Nashville 5, Oklahoma City 4

Frisco 9, Tulsa 8 (12)

Lancaster 6, Rancho Cucamonga 3

West Michigan 8, Great Lakes 3

Idaho Falls 7, Ogden 0

AZL Dodgers 5, AZL Mariners 3

DSL Dodgers1 4, DSL Rays1 1

DSL Rays2 5, DSL Dodgers2 0

Sunday’s Schedule

11:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (Imani Abdullah) vs. West Michigan (Tom De Blok)

2:00 p.m.: Tulsa (Andrew Sopko) at Midland Rockhounds [Athletics] (A.J. Puk)

2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Scott Kazmir) vs. Lancaster (Trey Killian)

3:00 p.m.: Ogden (Edwin Uceta) vs. Idaho Falls (TBD)

4:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City (David Hale) at Nashville (Chris Smith)

7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers at AZL Diamondbacks