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Buehler bounces back in OKC

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Walker Buehler
Walker Buehler struck out nine in five innings for Oklahoma City Wednesday.
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Late rallies were the theme on the farm Wednesday night, but the headlines will likely go to a key bounce back from a top prospect.

Player of the day

It took two tries, but Walker Buehler finally recorded an out at Triple A Oklahoma City, and then proceeded to mow down the Reno Aces’ lineup. Buehler went five innings Wednesday evening, striking out nine and allowing just one run on one hit. While Buehler will be a frequently bandied about name in rumors this week, the most important takeaway from Wednesday was how quickly he was able to put a rough start behind him and a post deadline call up might still be in his future.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers came close to squandering Buehler’s stellar start, needing an RBI single from Willie Calhoun in the eighth inning to defeat the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) 8-7. Calhoun also walked and scored twice for Oklahoma City. Edwin Rios led the offense in a three for three night that included his fourth home run at the Triple A level. O’Koyea Dickson also homered and drove in a pair.

Madison Younginer surrendered five runs in just a third of an inning in relief of Buehler. The Dodgers needed two clean innings from Joe Broussard in the eighth and ninth to seal the win.

Double-A Tulsa

A ninth inning rally fell just short for Tulsa, with the Drillers falling to the Springfield Cardinals 7-6. Tim Locastro went two for four and hit a three run home run in the four run ninth inning rally. Erick Mejia also went two for four with a double.

Andrew Sopko took the loss, giving up six runs in five innings of work, walking four and striking out just two. Daniel Corcino followed Sopko with three innings of one run ball, striking out three.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes walked off winners against the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) 3-2 thanks to a Johan Mieses double and a Drew Jackson game winning single. Mieses would end the night with a pair of doubles in three at bats, upping his average to .337 in High A. Jackson would also have a pair of hits, while DJ Peters would go one for four with a double.

In what was essentially a bullpen night, Andrew Thurman allowed just one unearned run in three innings to start, while Zach Hartman struck out seven in three innings in relief. Tony Gonsolin earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning.

Class-A Great Lakes

First rounder Jaren Kendall’s full season debut was postponed a day, as the Loons were rained out on Wednesday evening.

Rookie Ogden

The Raptors rode a five run eighth inning past the Helena Brewers 8-7. Every Raptor started recorded at least one hit, headlined by Starling Heredia’s 2 for five night keeping his average above .400 with Ogden. Romer Cuadrado went one for five with his fifth home run, while Tyler Adkison had a pair of hits to raise his average to .373.

Carlos Felix was solid over four innings, striking out five while allowing just one run on a solo home run. Conor Costello earned the win with two and a third scoreless innings in relief.

Dominican League DSL Dodgers

The DSL Dodgers Two defeated the DSL Indians/Brewers 5-0. Jose Martinez, Johan Mena, and Breidy Lara combined to throw a two hitter.

Transactions

Triple-A: The Dodgers promoted RHP Parker Curry from Tulsa to Oklahoma City.

Double-A: To take Curry’s spot in the bullpen, the Dodgers promoted RHP Daniel Corcino from Rancho Cucamonga to Tulsa.

Class-A: The Quakes made a pair of disabled list swaps, activating OF Yusniel Diaz and RHP Alex Hermeling in place of OF Victor Roache and RHP Isaac Anderson. The Loons placed RHP Imani Abdullah on the disabled list and received RHP Vinny Santarsiero from Ogden.

Wednesday scores

Oklahoma City 8, Reno 7

Springfield 7, Tulsa 6

Rancho Cucamonga 3, Lancaster 2

Ogden 8, Helena 7

DSL Dodgers Two 5, DSL Indians/Brewers 0

Thursday schedule

3:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Chris Mathewson) vs. Bowling Green (JD Busfield) DH

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Mitchell White) vs. Arkansas (Nick Neidert)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Wilmer Font) vs. Reno (Anthony Banda)

6:00 p.m.: Ogden (Osiris Ramirez) vs. Grand Junction (Lucas Gilbreath)

7:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) at Inland Empire (Ryan Clark)