Tulsa got lots of offense from their outfield on Monday in their win. Oklahoma City took their show on the road and started their trip with a shutout. Rancho Cucamonga led, fell behind and then fell short in an indescribable way.
Player of the day
Luke Raley, 2016 7th round pick, has taken to his promotion to AA with a solid April. He is hitting .313/.376/.554 with five home runs. Raley, who hit 11 triples at Rancho Cucamonga, has played first base and all three outfield positions.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers shut out the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 6-0 to win their sixth straight game. The Dodgers 18 wins ties their start in April 2008 though that team lost five more games then this year’s version.
Travis Taijeron got the scoring started with a two-run homer in the second. In the fourth inning, Jake Peter hit a solo home run and later with two outs, Donovan Solano doubled home two runs.
The Dodgers would score their final run again on a two-out single from Rocky Gale.
Daniel Corcino made his first start of the season and he pitched five innings, giving up a hit while striking out three. Emmanuel De Leon, Joe Broussard and Pat Venditte each pitched well to preserve the shutout.
The Drillers had a late morning start time but their bats were awake as they defeated the NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals) 8-2 on Monday. The top four hitters in Tulsa’s lineup provided most of the damage.
Luke Raley went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a home run, DJ Peters was 1-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored. Designated hitter Jacob Scavuzzo hit a three-run homer and Yusniel Diaz had two hits and two RBI.
Yadier Alvarez did pitch three hitless innings in his start but he also walked 5 and struck out three. He left after making 68 pitches. Ariel Hernandez had a solid relief appearance, in 2⅔ innings, Hernandez gave up no runs and hits, walking one and striking out four.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes saw the tying run thrown out at third as they lost 8-7 to the Modesto Nuts (Mariners) at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga. Trailing by four, Omar Estevez came to plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Estevez hit a line drive to center and the outfielder dove and missed the ball completely. The runners raced home and Estevez was right behind them as he passed second and then third.
However, about halfway past third, Estevez turned back and he was thrown out trying to get back to third base.
Prior to that dramatic end, for the first five innings, the Quakes had a 2-0 lead behind the pitching of Isaac Anderson. The right-handed starter went five innings, allowing five hits and walking two. Anderson struck out four.
That performance was undone in the sixth, Justin Hoyt replaced Anderson and immediately faced trouble. With one out and one on, a single and an error put the runners on second and third.
Kevin Santa singled in the tying runs and went to second on the throw. Tyler Baker followed that with a two-run homer that gave the Nuts their lead. The Nuts would go on to score two runs in the seventh and one run in both the eighth and ninth innings.
The Quakes scored one run in the seventh but still trailed by five going the ninth. The Quakes loaded the bases with one out and fielder’s choice scored the first run of the inning.
Gavin Lux, who was 3-for-4, walked to the load bases again. That brought up Estevez and his almost inside-the-park grand slam. It was an exciting end to this one-run loss.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons were off on Monday. They return to action today when they host the Quad Cities River Bandits (Astros) for a three-game series.
Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled infielder Breyvic Valera from Oklahoma City; outfielder Kyle Garlick was assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa.
Class-AA: Outfielder Logan Landon assigned to Tulsa from Rancho Cucamonga.
Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga activated outfielder Saige Jenco from the temporarily inactive list.
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Quad Cities [Astros] (Cesar Rosado)
4:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Justin DeFratus) at Memphis (John Gant)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Frank Duncan) vs. Arkansas [Mariners] (TBD)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dean Kremer) vs. Modesto (Randy Bell)