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2016 No. 1 Draft pick hitting .413/.500/.575 in last 20 games

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Tulsa, Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes lose on Thursday while Oklahoma City wins via shutout.

Player of the day

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes is where you will find the last two number one draft picks, outfielder Jeren Kendall who was drafted in 2017 and infielder Gavin Lux who is now playing in his second full season in professional baseball.

Lux spent 2017 at Great Lakes, playing in 111 games and hit .244/.331/.362 in over 490 plate appearances. Lux turned 20 last November making him one of the youngest players in the California League.

After starting 1-for-20 in the first five games of this season, Lux is hitting .413/.500/.575 in his last 20 games.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers scored a run in the eighth inning and that was enough for their 1-0 win over the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals). Wes Darvill scored on a fielder’s choice and that was enough for the team leading the PCL in team ERA.

The Dodgers have a 2.68 ERA which is the best by more than half a run over the Redbirds. Guillermo Moscoso made his third start of the season, he pitched six innings and gave up six hits. Pat Venditte got the win for his two innings of work and Brian Schlitter picked up his sixth save.

Kyle Garlick had two hits to lead the Dodgers. Neither team had any hits with runners in scoring position, combining to go 0-for-15 in those situations.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers and Arkansas Travelers (Mariners) were tied 1-1 going the eighth inning and then Travelers scored six runs in the eighth and two in the ninth on their way to a 9-1 win.

Dennis Santana started and pitched a solid five innings. Santana gave up one run and four hits, he walked two and struck out six. Nolan Long and Ariel Hernandez each pitched a scoreless inning.

Shea Spitzbarth took the loss as gave up five runs and six hits in ⅔ innings pitched.

Will Smith provided all of the offense as he hit his third home run of the season.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes had right-hander Dustin May making his 2018 debut but the Modesto Nuts (Mariners) won 9-6 to take the series finale. May pitched 3⅔ innings, giving up four runs (three earned) and six hits. May struck out four and walked one.

Gavin Lux had three hits, Zach Reks is hitting .480/.500/.920 in 26 plate appearances and Jeren Kendall stole four bases and now has 10 stolen bases this season.

The teams combined for nine errors, Modesto had six. Four of the six runs scored by the Quakes were unearned.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons lost their third straight on Thursday by being shutout 5-0 by Quad Cities River Bandits (Astros). The Loons only had three singles and four walks, they hit into two double plays and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Melvin Jimenez pitched four innings and gave up two runs and four hits. He also struck out four and walked one. Recently acquired Logan Salow gave up three runs in 2⅓ innings.

2017 13th round pick Marshall Kasowski pitched two scoreless innings. So far in 2017, he has pitched 12⅔ innings and has 24 strikeouts but also 12 walks.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled utility player Tim Locastro and right-handed pitcher Yimi Garcia from Oklahoma City; Los Angeles optioned infielder Breyvic Valera to Oklahoma City. Outfielder Logan Landon assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa.

Class-AA: Infielder Connor Heady assigned to Tulsa from Ogden.

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga placed right-handed pitcher Imani Abdullah on the 7-day disabled list, right-handed pitcher Dustin May assigned to Rancho Cucamonga.

Thursday’s scores

Oklahoma City 1, Memphis 0

Arkansas 9, Tulsa 1

Modesto 9, Rancho Cucamonga 6

Quad Cities 5, Great Lakes 0

Friday’s schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Edwin Uceta) vs. Kane County [Diamondbacks] (TBD)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Manny Bañuelos) vs. Colorado Springs [Brewers] (TBD)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Caleb Ferguson) vs. Arkansas (Chase De Jong)

7:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Jordan Sheffield) at Visalia [Diamondbacks] (TBD)