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Rylan Bannon two-out bases-loaded triple leads Quakes to 3-0 win

Rylan Bannon
Rylan Bannon
Steve Saenz ~ Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Rancho Cucamonga lowered their magic number to two as they are the sole holders of first place with a one-game lead with two games to play. Tulsa’s win keeps their first-half title hopes going for one more day. Oklahoma City won another home game and both Dominican Summer League team won on Friday.

Ogden dropped the first game of their defending Pioneer League championship season and Great Lakes also lost.

Player of the day

The Quakes had only one hit in nearly ten innings of play on Friday when Rylan Bannon hit the first pitch he saw to the base of the right field wall to drive in all three runners and gave the Quakes a 3-0 lead. Bannon, who was named to the California League All-Star Game earlier in the week, now has five triples to go with his 15 home runs.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers had no problems in their 6-1 win over the Salt Lake Bees (Angels) on Friday. Manny Bañuelos pitched six scoreless innings and got his seventh win of the season. Bañuelos gave up one hit and struck out six.

Five Dodgers had two hits, Henry Ramos, Alex Verdugo, Edwin Rios, Rob Segedin and Rocky Gale. Segedin also made his second start at shortstop, he had four assists and a put out.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers defeated the NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals) 3-1 to keep their first half title hopes alive for one more day. They trail by two games with three games left in the first half.

Devin Smeltzer pitched seven scoreless innings with three strikeouts to get the win. Brian Moran and Corey Copping finished the game and Copping picked up his second save.

The Drillers scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning. Keibert Ruiz and Jacob Scavuzzo hit back-to-back doubles to start the inning, Ruiz scoring on Scavuzzo’s hit.

Scavuzzo would score on a ground out that made it 2-0 with two outs on no one on base. Finally Will Smith hit a solo home run to end the scoring in the fifth.

The Naturals would score a run in the ninth inning but that wasn’t enough to get the win.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes had gone the entire season without playing in extra-innings but they finally saw what happens in their 3-0 win against the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels) in ten innings.

The Quakes started the tenth inning with a runner on second base and they soon made it first and third and one out. They would load the bases with one out but then Connor Wong popped up and it was up to Rylan Bannon to drive in the tie-breaking run.

Bannon hit a first pitch triple to right that cleared the bases and made it 3-0. Zach Pop would come in to pitch the bottom of the tenth and get his fourth save.

The Quakes had only two hits but they also received seven walks in this game.

The win gave the Quakes a one-game lead with two games left in the first half.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons dropped their game by a 5-2 score against the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres). Despite getting 11 hits in the game, the Loons could not score more than two runs due to their 1-for-14 night with runners in scoring position.

Brandon Montgomery, Brock Carpenter, Darrell Miller and Moises Perez each had two hits, Brayan Morales also stole his 31st base of the season.

Rookie - Pioneer

The Raptors began their 2018 season with a 4-2 loss to the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals). The Raptors scored their two runs in the first inning to take the lead, the Chukars tied it in the third.

Both teams did not score for the next three innings until the Chukars pushed across the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning. They would score once more in the eighth.

Jose Chacin started for the Raptors and he pitched four innings and gave up two runs (one earned) and nine hits. Devin Hemmerich gave up the go-ahead run and he took the loss as he gave up the one run in three innings pitched.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled catcher/infielder Kyle Farmer from Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City placed right-handed pitcher Emmanuel De Leon on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 14, 2018 and activated left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos from the temporarily inactive list.

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga placed infielder Gavin Lux on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 13, 2018; infielder Connor Heady assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Ogden.

Friday’s scores

Oklahoma City 6, Salt Lake 1

Tulsa 3, NW Arkansas 1

Rancho Cucamonga 3, Inland Empire 0 (10)

Fort Wayne 5, Great Lakes 2

Idaho Falls 4, Ogden 2

DSL Dodgers Robinson 6, DSL Athletics 4

DSL Dodgers Guerrero 7, DSL Indians 4

Saturday’s schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) at Fort Wayne (Mackenzie Gore)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (TBD) vs. Las Vegas [Mets] (Chris Flexen)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Logan Bawcom) vs. NW Arkansas (Foster Griffin)

6:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) at Inland Empire (Simon Mathews)

6:15 p.m.: Ogden (TBD) at Idaho Falls (TBD)