Great Lakes split a double-header and Tulsa got solid pitching and hitting to win their game. Rancho Cucamonga couldn’t overcome early deficit while Oklahoma City found themselves on a rare losing team at home.
Player of the day
Tyler Goeddel joined the Drillers on Thursday and on Friday, the 25-year old outfielder hit a home run in the eighth inning.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers lost 8-4 to the Nashville Sounds (Athletics) despite a 13 hit attack. Justin DeFratus gave up all eight runs in 5⅓ innings pitched.
All but one of Oklahoma City’s hits were singles, Tim Locastro and Breyvic Valera each had three hits. Donovan Solano had two hits and drove in three runs.
Oklahoma City has played very well this season but it is not a team filled with prospects. But today, Dennis Santana is scheduled to make his Pacific Coast League debut and it will be interesting to see how he fares at the highest minor league level.
The Drillers defeated the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners) 5-3 behind both good pitching and solid hitting. Devin Smeltzer started and pitched six solid innings, he gave up two runs and struck out seven.
Corey Copping picked up his first save, he pitched two innings and struck out four.
Besides Tyler Goeddel hitting his first home run as a Driller, Zach Reks drove in three runs and Connor Joe was 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes fell short to the Lake Elsinore Storm (Athletics) in their 5-4 loss on Friday night. Andrew Sopko gave up three runs in the first inning and he took the loss. Sopko pitched six innings and along with the three runs and five hits, Sopko struck out seven with no walks.
Storm pitcher Chris Paddack continued his strong start to his California League season. Paddack pitched 5⅔ innings, he gave up no runs and two hits. Paddack struck out ten against one walk given. For the season, Paddack has started four games and in 21⅔ scoreless innings, he has given up just ten hits. And Paddack has 36 strikeouts versus two walks.
Logan Landon hit a three-run homer and Jeren Kendall and Rylan Bannon each have two hits.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons and Dayton Dragons (Reds) split their doubleheader. The Loons won 9-4 to take the first game and the Dragons shutout the Loons 3-0 to take the second game.
Leo Crawford started the first game and pitched four scoreless innings. Riley Ottesen got the win despite giving up four runs.
The Loons had 15 hits, Jared Walker and Eric Peterson each had three hits. Two hits apiece for Brayan Morales, Gersel Pitre, and Moises Perez.
In the second game, Tyler Mondile pitched his best game of the season, a seven-inning complete game shutout. Mondile had made seven prior starts and had not given up less than three runs in any of those games.
On Friday, Mondile gave up a first inning one-out double to Marcus Chiu, then he retired the next 20 Loons in a row. Mondile struck out eight and with no walks.
Triple-A: Right-handed pitcher Dennis Santana assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa.
Class-AA: Right-handed pitcher Tyler Pill assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City.
Class-A: Right-handed pitcher Jose Chacin assigned to Great Lakes from AZL Dodgers.
4:00 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) at Dayton (Andrew Jordan)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Dennis Santana) vs. Nashville (James Naile)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) vs. Arkansas (Anthony Misiewicz)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dustin May) vs. Lake Elsinore (TBD)