Oklahoma City is now 11-0 at home with another win on Saturday. Great Lakes won their game on the road while both Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga took losses in the visitors’ dugout.
Player of the day
Donovan Solano is a 30-year old infielder who has been playing shortstop at Oklahoma City. Solano hit .282 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League in 2017. Solano is currently hitting .388/.438/.433 for the Dodgers and on Saturday he had three hits to raise his average to .514 at home.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers were tied 1-1 with the Iowa Cubs going to the bottom of the second but then the Dodgers scored four times and they went on to win 7-1. Now 11-0 at home, the Dodgers are 16-4 in April.
In the second inning, Rocky Gale hit a two-run homer to give the lead back to the Dodgers. Later in the inning, Rob Segedin singled home a run and Breyvic Valera would drive in the fourth run with a single.
Guillermo Moscoso had his best start so far this season, Moscoso went five innings and gave up a run and six hits. He also struck out five. Edward Paredes and Joe Broussard each pitched two scoreless innings to finish off the Cubs.
The Drillers fell behind in the first and went on to lose 6-2 to NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals). Dennis Santana gave up three runs in the first inning which equaled the total number of runs he had given up in his previous 18 innings.
Santana pitched five innings, gave up four runs (three earned), five hits and walked three. Santana also struck out six. Nolan Long pitched two scoreless innings but Michael Johnson gave up two runs in one inning of work.
The Drillers were flummoxed by the Naturals starter, Foster Griffin, who pitched seven strong innings. Griffin gave up one unearned run, four hits and one walk. Griffin struck out nine in the seven innings of work.
DJ Peters and Yusniel Diaz had multiple hit games, Peters had three hits and scored a run while Diaz had two hits including a triple.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes took a two-run lead to the bottom of the sixth but the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) scored three times and would go on to win 6-5.
The JetHawks rallied with two outs in the sixth, a single and a walk put two runners on and they both scored to tie the game on a Forrest Wall double. An error on the next play allowed Wall to score the go-ahead run.
Interesting that from the seventh through the ninth inning, both teams were retired in order which meant the Quakes did not mount any comeback of their own.
The Quakes had two home runs, one from Cristian Santana and the other from Logan Landon. Gavin Lux had three hits including a double.
Jordan Sheffield started and pitched four innings. He gave up three runs and six hits. Sheffield struck out four and walked two.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons got key two-out hits to comeback and defeat the South Bend Cubs 7-4 at South Bend. Jared Walker hit a two-run homer with two outs in the second inning and Brayan Morales and Moises Perez each had two-out hits in the sixth to score a total of three runs in that inning.
Edwin Uceta pitched five innings and gave up two runs and six hits. That was enough to pick up his first win of the season. After Dan Jagiello pitched two scoreless innings for the Loons, Aneurys Zabala finished the game.
Zabala would give up two runs in the ninth before getting the final out.
Romar Cuadrado was 2-fo-2 with three walks. Walker also walked three times along with his home run.
Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled outfielder Alex Verdugo and optioned left-handed pitcher Scott Alexander to Oklahoma City.
Class-A: Left-handed pitcher Justin Hoyt assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Ogden. Great Lakes placed Great Lakes placed left-handed pitcher Leo Crawford on the 7-day disabled list and activated left-handed pitcher Logan Salow.
11:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) at South Bend (Jose Albertos)
12:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Manny Bañuelos) vs. Iowa (Alec Mills)
12:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Caleb Ferguson) at NW Arkansas (Zach Lovvorn)
2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Tony Gonsolin) at Lancaster (Brandon Gold)