Oklahoma City split their doubleheader, Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga each won their games. The Loons dropped their game despite a good start by A.J. Alexy.
The Rookie-level affiliates saw the Dominican Summer League teams split their games, Ogden was walked-off on and the AZL Dodgers
Players of the day
Tim Shibuya shares Player of the day honors with Jose Miguel Fernandez who had another two home run day
Shibuya shutdown Midland for six innings and his second consecutive excellent start makes him a Texas League Pitcher of the Week candidate In those starts, Shibuya has thrown 15 scoreless innings, giving up eight hits, one walk and striking out seven.
Second baseman Jose Miguel Fernandez hit two home runs on Saturday, he just hit two home runs in last Thursday’s game.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers split their doubleheader against the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins). They dropped the first game 6-1 as Madison Younginer gave up four runs in the second inning and then he recorded just one out in the third as he gave up the other two runs the Baby Cakes scored.
Edwin Rios hit his first home run for Oklahoma City, Since his last home run as a Loon on May 29, 2016, he’s now homered at each of the four full-season Dodger affiliates.
The Dodgers came back to score two late runs to win the second game 2-0. Wilmer Font and Jeremy Bleich combined to shutout the Baby Cakes.
Willie Calhoun doubled in the first run and the second run scored on an error.
The Drillers got a very good start from Tim Shibuya and then pounded out 16 hits including six home runs in their 13-2 win over the Midland RockHounds (Athletics).
While Shibuya and company were holding down the RockHounds offense, Tim Locastro, Peter O’Brien, Jacob Scavuzzo and Jose Miguel Fernandez each had home run off former Dodger first round draft choice Grant Holmes. Holmes gave up eight runs and eight hits in five innings of work.
Fernandez and O’Brien would hit their second home runs of the game off Sam Bragg.
After pitching a complete game one-hit shutout, Shibuya tossed six scoreless innings, scattering seven hits while striking out only one hitter.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes came back to win 6-4 over the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels). Both teams had a player on a rehab assignment. Scott Kazmir made his third rehab start for the Quakes and the 66ers welcomed Angel superstar outfielder Mike Trout back to their ballpark.
Kazmir pitched three innings, he gave up five hits, including a double to Mike Trout, four runs, and two walks. Kazmir also struck out two.
Trout would finish going 1-for-2 with that double and a walk. Trout also scored twice before being taken out of the game.
The Quakes were down 4-3 in the fourth when with two outs, Brandon Montgomery and Drew Jackson singled. Yusniel Diaz would then single in the tying run and DJ Peters followed with another single to take the lead.
Garrett Kennedy doubled in Johan Mieses to give the Quakes their last run of the game.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons dropped a 5-2 decision to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays). A.J. Alexy pitched very well, in five innings, he gave up one run, three hits and three walks. Alexy struck out four.
However the Loons bullpen gave up four runs and that was enough to take the game.
Cristian Santana extended his hitting streak to eight games with the Loons, overall it is now 16 games including his last eight games with Ogden.
The Raptors battled back from an early deficit to take a one-run lead but then the Grand Junction Rockies scored a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth to walk-off with a 9-8 win.
With the game tied 8-8, Alan Trejo tripled to start the bottom of the ninth, the next hitter, Shael Mendoza, hit a fly ball that would be scored as the winning sacrifice fly even though it was mishandled for an error.
The Raptors continued their offensive excellence with 16 hits. Moises Perez, Nick Yarnall, and Gersel Pitre each had three hits while Luis Paz and Kevin Lachance had two hits apiece.
Rookie-Level AZL Dodgers
The AZL Dodgers and the AZL Brewers went down to the last inning and the AZL Brewers held on to a 7-6 win.
The most interesting stat to me in this game was the AZL Dodgers having 14 hits and yet going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Triple-A: Outfielder Scott Van Slyke optioned to Oklahoma City.
Double-A: Catcher Sean O'Connell was activated and catcher Wynston Sawyer was placed on 7-day disabled list.
Class-A: Outfielder Darien Tubbs was activated and outfielder Zach Reks was placed on the 7-day disabled list.
New Orleans 6, Oklahoma City 1
Oklahoma City 2, New Orleans 0
Rancho Cucamonga 6, Inland Empire 4
Bowling Green 5, Great Lakes 2
DSL Dodgers1 3, DSL Astros Blue 1
DSL Indians/Brewers 7, DSL Dodgers2 6
11:00 a.m. PT: Oklahoma City (Fabio Castillo) at New Orleans (Justin Nicolino)
2:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) at Bowling Green (TBD)
2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Devin Smeltzer) at Inland Empire (TBD)
4:00 p.m.: Ogden (Carlos Felix) at Grand Junction (TBD)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Josh Sborz) vs. Midland (Heath Fillmyer)
7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers at AZL Brewers