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Keibert Ruiz continues to impress in Quakes big win

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Ruiz has a .953 OPS in 112 plate appearances at Rancho Cucamonga

Keibert Ruiz
Keibert Ruiz
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All the full-season affiliates won on Thursday. Great Falls rolled up a football score win over Ogden but the AZL Dodgers were also winners last night.

Player of the day

Keibert Ruiz continues to impress with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The soon to be 19 and one month old catcher is hitting .346/.374/.579 with six home runs. One other note, in 706 career minor league at bats, he has 87 strikeouts and 68 extra-base hits.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers only went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position but they were able to beat the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) 4-3 to end their three-game losing streak. David Hale got the win and Jeremy Bleich picked up his second save.

Hale pitched 6⅔ innings and gave up nine hits and three runs. Hale struck out two and walked none.

Alex Verdugo went 2-for-4 with two walks and an RBI. Edwin Rios had two hits and scored a run. Trayce Thompson hit his ninth home run.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers were on the other end of an excellent Texas League debut but were able scratch out two runs in the eighth to beat the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) 2-1 to sweep their three-game series.

In the bottom of the eighth, Erick Mejia led off with a double and then two outs later, Drew Jackson walked. Errol Robinson got on base on a throwing error by third baseman Arturo Michelena, that error allowed both runners to score.

Prior to that, the Drillers were held scoreless by Forrest Whitley, the Astros 2016 first round pick, who was making his Texas League debut. Whitley faced just two hitters above the minimum, pitching six scoreless innings and giving up just two hits. Whitley struck out 11 Drillers.

Mitch White started for the Drillers, he allowed a run in three innings. White also struck out four.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes hit four two-run homers in their 8-0 win over the Stockton Ports (Athletics). The win gave the Quakes a split in their four-game series.

Luke Raley, DJ Peters, Quincy Latimore and Keibert Ruiz hit those home runs. For Peters, it was his 24th home run and that tied him with teammate Ibandel Israel for the California League lead.

Parker Curry pitched five scoreless innings, he allowed four hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 8-1 on Thursday. It was the Loons third straight win and it gave them a series win over Lansing.

Jeren Kendall and Cody Thomas led the offensive attack. Kendall had two hits and two walks, he scored a run and drove in two. Thomas scored twice and drove in a run.

Leo Crawford pitched 7⅓ innings and gave up a run, five hits and two walks.

Rookie Pioneer - Ogden

The Raptors lost 19-2 to Great Falls Voyagers (Chicago White Sox), it was the second straight loss after the Raptors won the first five games in this last home stand.

Nothing went well for the Raptors on Thursday, they had only four hits and two runs. The only player who did not give up a run while pitching for the Raptors was first baseman/outfielder Luis Paz who got two outs on one pitch as he got a double play from the one hitter he faced.

Rookie - AZL Dodgers

The AZL Dodgers beat the AZL Reds 7-3, it was the AZL Dodgers sixth straight win. Shakir Albert, Jair Camargo and Garrett Hope each homered in the win.

Those three players each had two hits, Camargo and Albert also doubled.

Transactions

Triple-A: Oklahoma City placed right-handed pitcher Fabio Castillo and activated right-handed pitcher David Hale from the 7-day disabled list.

Thursday’s scores

Oklahoma City 4, Omaha 3

Tulsa 2, Corpus Christi 1

Rancho Cucamonga 8, Stockton 0

Great Lakes 8, Lansing 1

Great Falls 19, Ogden 2

AZL Dodgers 7, AZL Reds 3

DSL Dodgers1 2, DSL Red Sox 0 (suspended after 3.5)

Friday’s schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Riley Ottesen) at Fort Wayne TinCaps [Padres] (Adrian Morejon)

5:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers at AZL Indians

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Justin Masterson) at Omaha (TBD)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Scott Barlow) vs. San Antonio Missions [Padres] (Cal Quantrill)

6:05 p.m.: Ogden (Carlos Felix) at Orem Owlz [Angels] (Cole Duensing)

7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers vs. AZL Indians

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Caleb Ferguson) vs. Lake Elsinore Storm [Padres] (TBD)