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Yadier Alvarez pitches 6 scoreless innings in Tulsa’s 5th straight win

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Tulsa trails Springfield by one game in playoff race

Yadier Alvarez
Rich Crimi

Oklahoma City lost big, Rancho Cucamonga were walk-offed on but the rest of the Dodgers minor league affiliates won on Saturday.

Player of the day

Yadier Alvarez pitched a solid six innings for Tulsa on Saturday and picked up his first Texas League win. The six innings were the most Alvarez has pitched with Tulsa.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers lost 11-1 to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers) as Eddie Gamboa gave up eight runs in four innings plus pitched. Gamboa and the Dodgers trailed 3-1 going to the fifth inning. Gamboa faced five batters and gave up five hits, the last two being back-to-back home runs that made the score 8-1.

The Dodgers did not have that type of success at the plate, they went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Henry Ramos had two of the Dodgers five hits.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers were able to hang on to a one-run lead and went on to win 3-2 against the San Antonio Missions (Padres). That win made it five in a row for the Drillers as they kept pace with Springfield in their race for the second half playoff spot.

Yadier Alvarez matched his career high six innings pitched, he gave up three hits, no runs and two walks. Alvarez struck out five. Tim Shibuya gave up two runs in the eighth to make it close but Corey Copping recorded a five-out save to finish off the Missions.

The Drillers scored in the first on a Andre Ethier ground out, their other runs were on a Garrett Kennedy solo home run and then in the sixth inning, Yusniel Diaz doubled and Johan Mieses singled him home.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes gave up a walk-off sacrifice fly and lost 6-5 to the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres). In the bottom of the ninth, Ruddy Giron led off with a triple and Chris Baker would follow with the fly out that won the game.

Devin Smeltzer gave up four unearned runs as both home runs the Storm hit were in innings extended by errors committed by a Quakes player. Smeltzer pitched five innings and besides the runs, he gave up five hits and struck out seven.

The Quakes did lead 5-4 going to the seventh but then Alex Hermeling gave up a solo home run to Giron that tied the game.

DJ Peters went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Luke Raley, Quincy Latimore and Ibandel Isabel also had two hits apiece.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres) 10-1 as they hit three home runs and had eight extra-base hits on Saturday.

Gavin Lux had three hits, including a triple and he scored two runs. Jeren Kendall had a double and a triple, scored twice and had two RBI. Connor Wong hit his second home run and had four RBI.

Melvin Jiminez pitched 2⅔ innings and gave up two hits and a walk. Jiminez also struck out five.

Rookie Pioneer - Ogden

The Raptors had fourteen hits in their in 9-5 win over the Orem Owlz (Angels). The win moved the Raptors to a first place tie with the Owlz. Rylan Bannon had two hits including a two-run homer.

Five Ogden hitters had multiple hits, besides Bannon, Romer Cuadrado, Gersel Pitre and Samuel Ortiz each had two hits. Mitchell Hansen had three hits. Ramon Rodriguez hit a three-run homer for the Raptors.

Rookie - AZL Dodgers

The AZL Dodgers trailed going to the ninth inning but were able to score three runs and have a comeback 6-4 win over AZL Reds. In that rally, the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out.

A ground out scored the tying run. And then, Kevin Aponte, who already had two hits, singled home two runs to put the Dodgers ahead.

In the bottom of the inning, after two out, the Reds put two on and got them into scoring position. But that was as far as they got as Mateo Nunez got the final out to record his first save.

Jacob Amaya, Marcus Chiu and Jefrey Souffronteach each had two hits.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles optioned outfielder Joc Pederson and recalled left-handed pitcher Edward Paredes from Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City placed utility player Tim Locastro on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 18th and activated right-handed pitcher Yaisel Sierra from the 7-day disabled list.

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga placed left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson on the 7-day disabled list and activated right-handed pitcher Andrew Thurman from the 7-day disabled list; Rancho Cucamonga sent right-handed pitcher Isaac Anderson to AZL Dodgers on a rehab assignment.

Saturday’s scores

Colorado Springs 11, Oklahoma City 1

Tulsa 3, San Antonio 2

Lake Elsinore 6, Rancho Cucamonga 5

Great Lakes 10, Fort Wayne 1

Ogden 9, Orem 5

AZL Dodgers 6, AZL Reds 4

DSL Dodgers1 9, DSL Marlins 2

DSL Dodgers2 1, DSL Cubs1 0

Sunday’s schedule

12:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Chris Mathewson) at Fort Wayne (Pedro Avila )

12:30 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Wilmer Font) at Colorado Springs (Junior Guerra)

5:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Jordan Sheffield) at Lake Elsinore (Logan Allen)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Dennis Santana) vs. San Antonio (Brett Kennedy)