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Dean Kremer, Josh Sborz highlight strong pitching performances

Josh Sborz had three strikeouts in a save on Tuesday for Double-A Tulsa
Photo credit: Matthew Christensen | Tulsa Drillers

The four Dodgers minor league affiliates combined for just nine runs of offense on Tuesday but still managed a pair of wins thanks to song strong pitching performances.

Player of the day

Dean Kremer struck out nine over six innings in a win for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga over the Modesto Nuts (Mariners) on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits and three walks for his first win of the year.

Kremer, who was drafted by the Dodgers in the 14th round in 2016 out of UNLV, has eight or more strikeouts in three of his last four starts.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City saw its five-game winning streak end with a 5-4 road loss to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals). Tim Locastro was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and two RBI and his hitting .342/.448/.507 with more walks (11) than strikeouts (10). After averaging 30 hit by pitches over the last four seasons, his three HBP this year have him on pace for only 17 this year.

Double-A Tulsa

Frank Duncan pitched six scoreless innings and combined with three Drillers relievers to beat the Arkansas Travelers (Angels) 1-0 on Tuesday night. D.J. Peters drove in the game’s only run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Josh Sborz struck out three in the ninth inning for the save and on the season has 19 strikeouts and five walks in his 14 innings with a 3.21 ERA. The Dodgers supplemental second-round pick in 2015 leads the Texas League in both saves (five) and wins (three).

Advanced Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes were able to hold on to their 2-1 win at home thanks to Kremer and a two-run triple by outfielder Zach Reks in the sixth inning. Reks also doubled in the game.

Parker Curry followed Kremer on the mound and pitched two perfect frames but allowed a leadoff double and a one-out single in the ninth, putting runners on the corners. Andrew Istler got the final two outs to strand the tying run at third base and earn the save.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons allowed a pair of grand slams in a 15-2 loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits (Astros). Nick Yarnall hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning for all the Great Lakes scoring.

Starling Heredia was 0-for-4 to snap a four-game hitting streak, including three straight games with an extra-base hit. The 19-year-old is hitting .200/.256/.300 through 20 games.


Triple-A: Edward Paredes was recalled to the Dodgers, and Brock Stewart was optioned back to Oklahoma City.

Class-A: Pitcher Parker Curry joined the Quakes from extended spring training; Left-hander Justin Hoyt was transferred to extended spring training.

Tuesday scores

Memphis 5, Oklahoma City 4

Tulsa 1, Arkansas 0

Rancho Cucamonga 2, Modesto 1

Quad Cities 15, Great Lakes 2

Wednesday schedules

10:05 a.m. PT: Tulsa (Devin Smeltzer) vs. Arkansas (Nathan Bannister)

10:35 a.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Andrew Sopko) vs. Modesto Nuts (Ljay Newsome)

4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Wills Montgomerie) vs. Quad Cities (Tyler Ivey)

4:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Tyler Pill) at Memphis (Daniel Poncedeleon)