Oklahoma City continued their unbeaten record at home, Tulsa swept their double-header and Rancho Cucamonga scored two touchdowns with extra points in a offensive show in Lancaster. Only Great Lakes took a loss on Friday.
Player of the day
Gavin Lux appears to be getting comfortable at Rancho Cucamonga, he’s hitting .286 for the season and on Friday he hit his first home run of the season in the Quakes big win.
Lux went 3-for-5 with a double to go with his home run. Lux also drove in five runs. Lux did make two errors, giving him five so far. After playing both second and shortstop at Great Lakes in 2017, Lux has played primarily at shortstop in 2018.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Travis Taijeron was the offensive star as his triple scored two runs for the Dodgers in the fourth inning. Jake Peter singled in Taijeron and Peter would later score on a base hit from pitcher Tyler Pill.
Pill started for the Dodgers and pitched four scoreless innings. Brian Moran got the win as he went 1⅔ innings and gave it no runs and one hit. Yimi Garcia gave the sole run in 1⅓ innings, Garcia also struck out three.
The Drillers won a pair of one-run games to sweep their doubleheader against NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals). The Drillers won the first game 6-5 when Errol Robinson hit a walk-off single and then in the second, the Drillers hit two sacrifice flies and they won 2-1.
After leading 5-3 going to the sixth inning, the Drillers gave up two runs to the Naturals and the game remain tied going to the seventh. With two outs and two on, Mike Ahmed got an infield single to load the bases. Robinson then came up and drilled a line drive to left center that won the game.
In the second game, the Drillers loaded the bases won none out in the fifth inning. Drew Jackson drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. After another infield hit from Ahmed, Robinson drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly.
Shea Spitzbarth would pick up the save in the second game by recording the last four outs by strikeout.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes had 16 hits and got seven walks in their 14-9 win against the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies). Every Quakes starter got at least one hit in the win.
Gavin Lux and Hamlet Marte had three hits, Omar Estevez, Donovan Casey and Logan Landon each had two hits. Lux, Rylan Bannon and Cristian Santana also homered.
One other note you don’t usually see in a nine-inning game, the Quakes struck out 17 times, one more than total hits. That meant the Quakes were 13-for-21 in balls in play.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons scored two runs in the ninth but that wasn’t enough as they lost 5-2 to the South Bend Cubs. The Cubs got solid pitching from Javier Assad who won his third game of the season.
Tyler Thomas pitched four innings for the save, striking out seven while giving up five hits and two runs.
Melvin Jimenez started for the Loons and took the loss. He gave up two runs, three hits and walked three. Three errors, one from Marcus Chiu and two from Carlos Rincon also hurt the Loons.
The Loons rallied with two outs in the ninth, Rincon and Jared Walker doubled, Chiu singled Walker home and then Gersel Pitre singled to bring the tying run up to plate.
But then the rally ended as Brayan Morales struck out looking.
Class-AA: Tulsa placed infielder Connor Joe on the 7-day disabled list.
4:05 p.m. PT: Tulsa (Dennis Santana) at NW Arkansas (Foster Griffin)
4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) at South Bend (Brandon Little)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Guillermo Moscoso) vs. Iowa (Michael Roth)
6:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Jordan Sheffield) at Lancaster (Logan Longwith)