A mixed night for the Dodger affiliates, wins for Oklahoma City, Rancho Cucamonga and Ogden but Tulsa, Great Lakes and both Dominican Summer League went down to defeat.
Player of the day
Oklahoma City outfielder O’Koyea Dickson hit his 21st home run and drove in three of the four runs the Dodgers scored in their 4-3 win over Iowa. Dickson is tied for third place in Pacific Coast League with those 21 home runs.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers got a fine pitching performance from Wilmer Font and home runs from O’Koyea Dickson and Edwin Rios that was enough to edge the Iowa Cubs 4-3. Rios hit his in the ninth that broke a 3-3 tie and won it for the Dodgers.
Wilmer Font pitched seven innings and gave up seven hits, two runs and a walk. He struck out 11. Jeremy Bleich, who had given up the tying run in the eighth, won the game by retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Dickson hit a two-run homer in the first and singled in Todd Cunningham in the third. Cunningham, Dickson and Rios each had two hits.
The Drillers were beaten 2-1 by NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals). Eddie Gamboa took the tough loss even though he had a solid start. Gamboa gave up six hits, two runs, two walks and struck out six in seven innings pitched.
Jose Miguel Fernandez was responsible for the lone run, he hit his 14th home run that had given the Drillers a brief lead. Brant Whiting also had two hits.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes offense was potent enough to defeat the San Jose Giants 6-1 on Friday. Johan Mieses had two doubles and three RBI, Keibert Ruiz had two hits, scored a run and had one RBI, and Omar Estevez had three hits.
Four pitchers took the mound for the Quakes, Andrew Thurman, Zach Hartman and Nolan Long each had scoreless outings, Hartman pitched four innings to get the win. Isaac Anderson finished up allowing a run in his one inning pitched.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons could not complete the sweep and lost 7-4 to Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins). A.J. Alexy struck out nine in his 4⅔ innings pitched. He also gave up five runs, seven hits and one walk.
Cristian Santana hit his third home run and was 2-for-4. Santana is hitting .403/.413/.629 in 63 plate appearances. The Loons were unable to take advantage of their opportunities going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Raptors scored the last six runs of the game and beat the Missoula Osprey (Diamondbacks) 8-2 on Friday. Starling Heredia and Nick Yarnall each hit home runs.
Devin Hemmerich won his first game, he pitched two innings and gave up a hit and struck out three.
Moises Perez, Heredia, Yarnall and Gersel Pitre each had two hits. Jeren Kendall had one hit, one run scored and stole two bases.
The AZL Dodgers were off on Friday.
Triple-A: Right-handed pitcher Parker Curry assigned to Oklahoma City from Rancho Cucamonga; Oklahoma City placed left-handed pitcher Justin Marks on the temporarily inactive list.
Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga activated right-handed pitcher Isaac Anderson from the 7-day disabled list; the Office of the Commissioner announced that right-handed pitcher Ivan Vieitez tested positive for Ritalinic Acid and thus was banned for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Vietez was suspended for 50 games.
4:05 p.m. PT: Tulsa (Tim Shibuya) at NW Arkansas (Foster Griffin)
4:35 p.m.: Great Lakes (Jordan Sheffield) at Quad Cities River Bandits [Astros] (TBD)
5:08 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Fabio Castillo) at Iowa (Jen-Ho Tseng)
6:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Caleb Ferguson) at San Jose (Conner Menez)
6:05 p.m.: Ogden (Osiris Ramirez) at Missoula (Franklyn Soriano)
7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers at AZL Rangers