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Dennis Santana strikes out 11 in six scoreless inning start

Dennis Santana
Dennis Santana
Rich Crimi

A split decision day as Oklahoma City and Tulsa win while Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes fall to defeat.

Player of the day

Dennis Santana had his Oklahoma City debut on Saturday and he did very well. Santana pitched six scoreless innings, gave up three hits and struck out 11.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers beat the Nashville Sounds (Athletics) 4-2 after getting great debut start from Dennis Santana. Santana pitched six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out 11.

Following Santana, C.C. Lee allowed two runs in one inning pitched. The Dodgers would then get scoreless outings from Josh Sborz, Joe Broussard and Edward Parades. Parades got the last out and picked up his second save.

As far as offense, no Dodger had more than one hit. Jake Peter singled home two runs in the fourth. Travis Taijeron had a run-scoring hit in the first inning.

Back-to-back extra-base hits from Breyvic Valera and Donovan Solano combined for the last run of the game.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers scored six runs in the first inning and went on to a 8-2 win over the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners). Tyler Goeddel and Peter O’Brien each had big hits in the first inning to score four of the six runs.

In the first inning, Zach Reks singled in a run and Cael Brockmeyer followed with another run-scoring single. With two outs and two on, Goeddel hit a two-run double and then O’Brien hit a two-run homer.

In the fourth inning, DJ Peters drove in a run with a double and Zach Reks singled home the last run of the game.

Frank Duncan pitched six scoreless innings for the win.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes scored six runs in the late innings but fell short in their 10-7 loss to the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres). Dustin May was the losing pitcher, he gave up six runs in four innings pitched.

May now has three subpar outings after his extended spring training. Stetson Allie and Logan Salow also gave up runs in their games.

The Quakes got a three-run homer from Connor Wong and a two-run shot from Cody Thomas. Wong now has ten home runs and 27 RBI.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons gave up a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning and that was the key hit in their 5-3 loss to the Dayton Dragons (Reds). The Dragons had loaded the bases with no outs, the Loons got back to back pop outs to get closer to getting out of the inning with no runs given up.

Jose Garcia would then single home two runs and the Dragons held on to that for the win.

Andre Jackson started for the Loons and got into the fourth inning before leaving. He pitched 3⅓ scoreless innings. Joel Inoa and Devin Hemmerich followed by giving up all the runs in the game.

Marshall Kasowski struck out the side in his appearance. Kasowski now has 41 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles optioned left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore to Oklahoma City; Los Angeles optioned ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte to Oklahoma City; Los Angeles recalled right-handed pitcher Yimi Garcia from Oklahoma City.

Class-A: Right-handed pitcher Joel Inoa assigned to Great Lakes from AZL Dodgers.

Saturday’s scores

Oklahoma City 4, Nashville 2

Tulsa 8, Arkansas 2

Lake Elsinore 10, Rancho Cucamonga 7

Dayton 5, Great Lakes 3

Sunday’s schedule

11:00 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) at Dayton (Adrian Rodriguez)

11:05 a.m.: Tulsa (TBD) vs. Arkansas (Max Povse)

12:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Guillermo Moscoso) vs. Nashville (Frankie Montas)

2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Tony Gonsolin) vs. Lake Elsinore (TBD)