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Andrew Sopko gives up a run with five strikeouts in six innings outing

Andrew Sopko
Andrew Sopko in earlier 2018 action as a Quake
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Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Great Lakes all won on Saturday, some poor fielding help put Rancho Cucamonga in the loser’s column. Both Dominican Summer League teams lost too.

Player of the day

Andrew Sopko returned to the Texas League as he and the Tulsa Drillers won 6-2 over the Springfield Cardinals on Saturday night. Sopko made 23 starts in 2017 for the Drillers but he started 2018 at Rancho Cucamonga in the California League.

Sopko pitched six innings, gave up a run and five hits, he walked two and struck out five.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Five pitchers took the mound for the Dodgers in their 4-2 win over the Fresno Grizzlies (Astros). Jason Richman got the win and Joe Broussard recorded his fourth save for the Dodgers.

Andrew Istler had the longest stint on Saturday, going three scoreless innings and getting four strikeouts. Chad Girodo was the starting pitcher and he gave up a run in two innings.

Alex Verdugo and Angelo Mora each had three hits. Verdugo extended his hitting streak to six games. Mora also homered and had three RBI.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers beat the Springfield Cardinals 6-2 as Jacob Scavuzzo and Errol Robinson each had a two-run homer. Andrew Sopko got the win in his 2018 return to the Texas League.

Robinson went 3-for-5 and he also had a double and scored two runs. Luke Raley and Connor Joe each had two hits.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes led by two runs going to the seventh inning but poor fielding in that inning help the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels) beat the Quakes 6-5 at LoanMart Field on Saturday night.

In that seventh inning, Gavin Lux error made it two on with no outs, for Lux that was his second error in the game. A bad pickoff attempt allowed the first run to score and put the runner on second.

Another single and then a force out scored the second run of the inning. The third error in the inning loaded the bases. Another fielder’s choice would score the go-ahead run for the 66ers.

Trailing by a run, the Quakes would strike out a total of eight times in their last three innings at the plate. In both the eighth and ninth innings, they would put the tying run on second but they also struck out three times in both of those innings.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons led all the way in their 4-1 win over the Lake County Captains (Indians). Four pitchers combined to strike out ten on Saturday.

James Carter got the win for his two scoreless inning effort. Andre Jackson started and pitched three scoreless innings, striking out three but also walking four in his start.

Brayan Morales and Gersel Pitre each had two hits, Carlos Rincon hit a two-run homer.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles selected the contract of right-handed Daniel Corcino from Oklahoma City and optioned ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte to Oklahoma City; left-handed pitcher Jason Richman assigned to Oklahoma City from Rancho Cucamonga; right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa.

Double-A: Right-handed pitcher Layne Somsen assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City.

Class-A: Right-handed pitcher Yeison Cespedes assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Ogden.

Saturday’s scores

Oklahoma City 4, Fresno 2

Tulsa 6, Springfield 2

Inland Empire 6, Rancho Cucamonga 5

Great Lakes 4, Lake County 1

DSL RoyalsOne 7, DSL Dodgers Robinson 4

DSL RaysTwo 15, DSL Dodgers Guerrero 11

Sunday’s schedule

11:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Lake County (Juan Hillman)

2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dustin May) vs. Inland Empire (Simon Mathews)

4:10 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) at Springfield (Jake Woodford)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Guillermo Moscoso) at Fresno (Rogelio Armenteros)