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Logan Landon two-run homer gives Quakes 3-2 win

Andrew Sopko
Andrew Sopko
Steve Saenz

Rancho Cucamonga walked off on Mother’s Day while Oklahoma City and Tulsa went down to defeat.

Player of the day

A pair of Quakes take this honor. Andrew Sopko pitched a season high seven scoreless innings and Logan Landon hit a two-run walk-off homer that gave the Quakes the win.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers came up a run short as they lost 4-3 to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers). After the Dodgers scored a run to make it a one-run game, Alex Burg flew out with the tying run in scoring to end the game.

Guillermo Moscoso started for the Dodgers and he pitched six innings. Moscoso gave up three runs, six hits and he walked one. Moscoso also struck out five. Unfortunately, Yimi Garcia gave up Tyrone Taylor’s solo home run in the eighth inning, that proved to be the winning run.

Eight different Dodgers had one hit, Jake Peter went 1-for-3 with two runs scored. The Dodgers were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers and the NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals) had an offensive showdown with the Naturals winning 11-8 over the Drillers. The Drillers had 12 hits and seven walks while the Naturals had 17 hits, eight of those went for extra-bases.

The Naturals led 6-0 and 10-1 at some point in this game. The Dodgers outscored the Naturals by six runs from the fifth inning on but that was a little late to get the win.

Zach Reks went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and a double. Angelo Mora also had three hits including a home run. Peter O’Brien also homered in the game.

Old minor league friend, Naturals infielder Erick Mejia had a really good game, he went 4-for-5 with a double and two home runs. Mejia scored twice and drove in four runs.

While he was a Dodger minor league player, Mejia mainly played for the Quakes and Drillers in 2016 and 2017 before being part of the three-team (Dodgers, White Sox and Royals) trade last December.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes trailed by a run when the bottom of the ninth began. But two batters later, The Quakes walked off with a 3-2 win over the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks).

Cristian Santana led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. Logan Landon then hit his third home run of the season and the Quakes had a Happy Mother’s Day with their walk-off win.

Andrew Sopko started for the Quakes and had his best start of the season. He pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits and walking two. Sopko also struck out five.

Parker Curry got the win, his fourth of the season.

Cody Thomas joined Santana and Landon with getting two hits in this game. Gavin Lux returned to the starting lineup and he had a run-scoring single and also walked twice.

Rehabbing Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe each went 0-for-3. Turner was the designated hitter and Forsythe played seven innings at second base.

Prior to Sunday’s Los Angeles Dodger’s game, manager Dave Roberts said that barring any setbacks, both Turner and Forsythe will be joining the Dodgers on their flight today to Miami.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons were off on Sunday, they return to play tonight when they host the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays)

Transactions

Class-AA: Left-handed pitcher Chad Girodo was assigned to Tulsa.

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga place right-handed pitcher Jordan Sheffield on the 7-day disabled list with right forearm tightness. Rancho Cucamonga activated left-handed pitcher Michael Boyle from the 7-day disabled list.

Sunday’s scores

Colorado Springs 4, Oklahoma City 3

NW Arkansas 11, Tulsa 8

Rancho Cucamonga 3, Visalia 2

Monday’s schedule

10:35 a.m. PT: Rancho Cucamonga (Dustin May) vs. Visalia (Emilio Varga)

4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Bowling Green [Rays] (TBD)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) vs. Springfield [Cardinals] (Connor Jones)

5:40 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Manny Bañuelos) at Colorado Springs (Bubba Derby)