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Walker Buehler strikes out five and records his first save

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Buehler has two straight scoreless relief appearances

Walker Buehler
Walker Buehler
Josh Gurnick/Oklahoma City Dodgers

Oklahoma City split a pair of shutouts and Tulsa and Great Lakes lose. Rancho Cucamonga, Ogden and AZL Dodgers are also winners on Sunday.

Player of the day

Walker Buehler made his third relief appearance this month and it was his best one. Buehler struck out five of six batters he faced and he also recorded his first save of the season.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers and the Round Rock Express (Rangers) split a doubleheader, the Express winning the first game 1-0 and the Dodgers coming back to take the second game by a 2-0 margin.

Wilmer Font started the first game and he pitched six innings and gave up four hits, a run and one walk. Font struck out eight, he continues to lead the Pacific Coast League with 168 strikeouts.

The Dodgers were held to five singles, Edwin Rios had two of those.

In the second game, Justin Masterson pitched five scoreless innings to get the win and Walker Buehler finished the final two innings to record his first save.

Buehler struck out five of the six batters he retired, including Willie Calhoun, who was the first player who was struck out by Buehler.

Tim Locastro hit a two-run homer in the third to provide all the scoring in the game.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers were defeated 5-1 by the San Antonio Missions (Padres). Dennis Santana had his shortest outing in 2017, he only pitched 1⅓ innings and gave up two hits, five runs (four earned), one walk and one hit by pitch.

Drew Jackson had two hits and scored the only Drillers run, Yusniel Diaz also had two hits.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes scored one run in the ninth to tie and then seven runs in the tenth to win 9-3 over the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels). The win gave the Quakes a four-game lead over the 66ers with three weeks left in the regular season.

DJ Peters scored the tying run on a Brandon Montgomery groundout. An inning later, Montgomery would hit a grand slam in the next inning to finish off the seven runs put up on the board by the Quakes.

Adam Bray started and pitched six innings, he allowed two hits, two runs (one earned) and one walk, Bray also struck out seven. Tony Gonsolin pitched the last two innings to get the win.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons lost 6-1 to the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers). The Whitecaps scored two runs in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Riley Ottesen made his Midwest League debut, he pitched three innings and gave up an unearned run, two hits and two walks.

Gavin Lux had two hits, including a triple, and scored the lone Loons run.

Rookie Pioneer - Ogden

The Raptors had a 6-5 walk-off win over the Billings Mustangs (Reds). In the ninth inning, Gersel Pitre led off with a single, then Mitchell Hansen doubled him home to give the Quakes the win.

Donovan Casey hit two home runs for the Raptors. Pitre, Garrett Hope, and Eric Peterson also had two hits. Hansen went 4-for-4 with the double and an RBI.

Rookie - AZL Dodgers

The AZL Dodgers doubled up on the AZL Padres winning 4-2 on Sunday night. Eric Meza and Jacob Roberts each hit home runs.

Jose Chacin got the win for pitching three innings and giving up a run and two hits. Colby Nealy picked up his second save, he pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles optioned catcher Kyle Farmer to Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City activated right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson from the 7-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Yaisel Sierra on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 12, 2017.

Class-A: Great Lakes placed right-handed pitcher Chris Mathewson on the 7-day disabled list; right-handed pitcher Riley Ottesen assigned to Great Lakes from AZL Dodgers.

Sunday’s scores

Round Rock 1, Oklahoma City 0

Oklahoma City 2, Round Rock 0

San Antonio 5, Tulsa 1

Rancho Cucamonga 9, Inland Empire 3 (10)

West Michigan 6, Great Lakes 1

Ogden 6, Billings 5

AZL Dodgers 4, AZL Padres 2

Monday’s schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Lansing Lugnuts [Blue Jays] (Mike Ellenbest)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Eddie Gamboa) vs. Round Rock (James Dykstra)

6:00 p.m.: Ogden (Christian Stolo) vs. Great Falls Voyagers [White Sox] (Kyle Von Ruden)

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

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Devin Smeltzer) vs. Stockton Ports [Athletics] (TBD)