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OKC, Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga each lose by a run

Tough Saturday as all four Dodger minor league teams lose close games

LoanMart Field

RANCHO CUCAMONGA —— All four affiliates gave up late runs to lose, three of their opponents scored in their last at-bats to beat them.

A quick note on the rehabbing Dodgers, Logan Forsythe and Justin Turner played at Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, it was Forsythe’s second rehab game and Turner was playing in his first this season.

Forsythe went 1-for-4 with a double and Turner went 0-for-3 with a walk. Both plan to play again at Rancho Cucamonga today, Forsythe will play seven innings at second base and Turner will be the designated hitter.

Player of the day

Outfielder/Designated Hitter Zach Reks was just promoted from Rancho Cucamonga to Tulsa and he got on base five times on Saturday night. Reks was 2-for-2 and he scored three runs and drove in one.

Reks was drafted in the 10th round in the 2017 draft. The 24-year old outfielder started his 2018 campaign with a .405/.421/.703 line in 38 plate appearances at Rancho Cucamonga.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers lost 2-1 on a walk-off wild pitch to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers). Dodger reliever Ariel Hernandez entered the tie game in the bottom of the ninth and then with one out, Hernandez walked Tyrone Taylor.

Hernandez has always had command issues in his career. He had cleaned that up in his short time with Tulsa and Oklahoma City. But after the walk, Hernandez threw a wild pitch to move the runner to third base.

After an intentional walk, Hernandez made his second wild pitch, this time the winning run scored.

Tyler Pill pitched six innings and he gave up a run and seven hits. Joe Broussard and Edward Parades each pitched a scoreless inning.

Seven Dodgers had one hit, six of those were singles. Kyle Garlick hit a pinch-hit home run to tie the game in the eighth. The Dodgers were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers took a one-run lead to the bottom of the ninth and saw the NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals) score twice in the ninth to walk-off with a 10-9 win. Connor Joe’s throwing error allowed Elier Hernandez to score the winning run.

The Drillers made four errors in the game but only one unearned run was scored. The Drillers had 12 hits and received nine walks and went 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Mitch White made his second start of the season, he pitched four innings and gave up five runs and five hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Keibert Ruiz had two doubles and Zach Reks had two hits and three walks. Peter O’Brien homered and drove in four runs.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes had a sell out crowd for their popular Star Wars Night and when you add in a fireworks show plus Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe, there was a lot going on at LoanMart Field. However, it was the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks) who ended up with the 6-5 win.

The game was tied 5-5 going to the ninth inning when the Rawhide mounted their last rally. With two on and two out, Ryan Moseley gave up his second straight walk and that brought in the go-ahead and ultimately the winning run.

Jordan Sheffield started and pitched two scoreless innings. In the third inning, after the first two batters got on base, a gathering on the mound took place and Sheffield left the game with a possible injury.

The Rawhide would go on to score five runs, the inning was helped when a fly ball was lost and would fall in for a hit.

Nick Yarnall hit a solo home run and later back-to-back doubles from Rylan Bannon and Donovan Casey made it a one-run game.

Logan Forsythe and Justin Turner were both in the lineup, they each had four plate appearances and Turner played seven innings at third base. Neither had done much at the plate until the seventh inning.

With one out, Forsythe doubled off the right field wall and Turner followed with a walk. Unfortunately, Connor Wong, who had singled in the first run in the game, hit into the inning ending double play.

In the eighth inning, Omar Estevez tied the game with a solo home run. The Quakes would leave two on in the eighth. Unfortunately that was as close they came as they went down in order in the ninth inning.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons gave up two runs in the seventh and lost 3-1 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers). The first run scored on a sacrifice fly and the second was on a two-out double.

Wills Montgomerie started for the Loons and pitched three innings, he gave up a run and hit. Montgomerie struck out six but also walked five.

Riley Ottesen was the losing pitcher, he pitched four innings, he gave up the two runs in the seventh along with the game-winning hit. He also struck out two and walked two.


Triple-A: Los Angeles selected the contract of pitcher Pat Venditte from Oklahoma City. Los Angeles optioned right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart to Oklahoma City.

Class-A: Los Angeles sent third baseman Justin Turner on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga.

Right-handed pitcher Andre Jackson assigned to Great Lakes from AZL Rookie. Great Lakes placed right-handed pitcher Dan Jagiello on the temporarily inactive list.

Saturday’s scores

Colorado Springs 2, Oklahoma City 1

NW Arkansas 10, Tulsa 9

Visalia 6, Rancho Cucamonga 5

Wisconsin 3, Great Lakes 1

Sunday’s schedule

12:05 p.m. PT: Tulsa (Devin Smeltzer) at NW Arkansas (Emilio Ogando)

12:30 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Guillermo Moscoso) at Colorado Springs [Brewers] (TBD)

2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Andrew Sopko) vs. Visalia (Bo Takahashi)