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Bannon, Quakes defeat Lancaster in home run barrage

Rylan Bannon hit three home runs in a Rancho Cucamonga win.
Photo credit: Dave Wegiel | XU Athletics

Rylan Bannon paced all farm hands with three home runs in a Rancho Cucamonga victory, while Oklahoma City suffered the cruel fate of a walk off grand slam.

Player of the day

After a bit of a slow start, Rylan Bannon has come alive in the last two series, highlighted by last night’s 3-5, three home run, five RBI performance. Bannon, a eighth-round pick out of Xavier last season, improved his season slash line to .294/.379/.588 and his home run total to four. Bannon’s power numbers since joining the organization have been impressive, as he also homered 10 times in 40 games with Ogden last season and has career slugging percentage of .590 thus far.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City’s bullpen surrendered six runs in the final two innings, blowing both the save in the ninth and getting walked off by a grand slam in the tenth, as the Dodgers fell 9-6 to the Round Rock Express (Rangers). The Dodgers seemed to have the upper hand in extras after Angelo Mora drove in the designated runner Henry Ramos from second. Leo Crawford could not shut the door on the Express, though, surrendering the grand slam to Cameron Rupp. Brock Stewart would go 5.2 innings, striking out three, and allowing two runs. Yimi Garcia struck out a pair but allowed one run in an inning of relief.

Cael Brockmeyer led all Dodgers with three hits, including a pair of doubles. Tim Locastro and Alex Verdugo each added a single and a double, with Locastro also scoring a pair of runs.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers were off on Wednesday. Tulsa will travel to Bentonville, Arkansas to take on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals) Thursday night.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes’ bats erupted for 15 hits and five home runs, defeating the Lancaster Jethawks (Rockies) 11-4. Rylan Bannon paced the Quakes with his three home run night, while Connor Wong hit his sixth home run of the season. Omar Estevez had a pair of hits, including his first home run of the season. Gavin Lux also went 3-5 from the leadoff spot.

Tony Gonsolin went 3.1 innings, needing 72 pitches to strike out seven despite allowing two runs to score. Ryan Moseley earned the win in relief, striking out four of the six batters he faced in his scoreless appearance.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons were held scoreless until late, failing to rally from a seven run deficit in losing 7-2 to the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres). Edwin Uceta struck out five over five scoreless innings, but Aneurys Zabala could not keep the TinCaps off the scoreboard. Fort Wayne scored six runs over Zabala’s inning and a third, as he suffered the loss.

Jared Walker and Moises Perez led all Loons with two hits in three at bats apiece. Starling Heredia had the Loons’ only extra base hit, a double in the ninth inning.


Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled P Adam Liberatore from Oklahoma City, while no corresponding move was announced.

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga activated C Steve Berman from the seven day disabled list.

Wednesday scores

Round Rock 9, Oklahoma City 6 in 10 innings

Rancho Cucamonga 11, Lancaster 4

Fort Wayne 7, Great Lakes 2

Thursday schedule

4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Jesus Vargas) at Fort Wayne (Mason Thompson)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (TBD) at Round Rock (TBD)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) at Northwest Arkansas (Scott Blewett)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Imani Abdullah) vs. Lake Elsinore (Adrian Morejon)