Rancho Cucamonga was the only farm team to find success on Wednesday evening, while Tulsa and Great Lakes were left starved for runs.
Player of the day
Dean Kremer matched his longest outing of the season Wednesday evening in going six strong against the Stockton Ports. Kremer struck out seven and allowed just one run to score. Kremer’s second go-round in the California League has gone much better thus far, with Dean adding seven points to his strikeout percentage, which now stands at 34% for the year.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City was off Wednesday, and return to action Thursday against the Nashville Sounds. Brock Stewart is scheduled to start.
The Drillers struggled to just four hits and one run in a 2-1 loss to the Springfield Cardinals. Newly added Logan Bawcom was solid in his club debut before allowing a pair of home runs in the sixth inning, the only runs allowed by Tulsa. Brian Moran (2.1 innings) and Andrew Istler (1) followed Bawcom with three and a third innings of one hit relief.
Tulsa could only muster a handful of singles against the Cardinal staff, with their only run coming by way of a throwing error. Zach Reks had one of the Tulsa singles, continuing his hot run to start his 2018 campaign. Reks average with Tulsa currently sits at .474 after six games with the team.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes backed up Kremer’s strong start with a steady stream on runs in the middle innings to defeat the Stockton Ports (Athletics) 6-3. Kremer’s victory was his second of the season. Stetson Allie surrendered a two run home run in his only inning of relief, but Logan Salow followed with two scoreless innings, striking out four in rout to his first save of the season.
The Quakes had 15 hits in support of Kremer, led by Omar Estevez and his pair of doubles. Every Quake starter had a hit on Wednesday, with Cristian Santana (his fifth) and Steve Berman (first) each going deep for Rancho Cucamonga.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons’ bats were left frustrated by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays), managing just seven hits in a 5-1 loss. Brayan Morales was the lone hitter to score and have a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with his 19th stolen base on the season. Romer Cuadrado and Carlos Rincon each doubled, while Jared Walker added a triple for his only hit of the game.
Jesus Vargas was solid over his six innings of work, allowing three runs on six hits and no walks. Justin Hoyt would allow the other two Bowling Green runs over his two and two-thirds innings of relief.
Triple-A: Nothing official yet, but Dennis Santana will be promoted to Triple-A:
Off to OKC to dodge some more bats, on the next step in my journey⚾✌ Peace @tulsadrillers and #DrillVille, will keep great memories forever. #AAA here we come #DennisTheMenACE #LADetermined pic.twitter.com/jvqT1GBOz0— Dennis Santana (@DennisSantanaRD) May 16, 2018
Double-A: Tulsa had a pair of comings and goings. LHP Caleb Ferguson was placed on the temporarily inactive list, while 2B Drew Jackson was sent to the disabled list. In their place, Tulsa received C Cael Brockmeyer from Oklahoma City, and were assigned RHP Logan Bawcom.
Class-A: Great Lakes placed RHP Andre Scrubb on the disabled list. RHP Connor Strain was assigned to the Loons to replace him.
Rancho Cucamonga 6, Stockton 3
Bowling Green 5, Great Lakes 1
11:10 a.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Chris Mathewson) at Stockton (Jake Bray)
4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Bowling Green (Jake Valverde)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart) vs. Nashville (Chris Bassitt)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Mitchell White) vs. Springfield (Conner Greene)