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Tulsa’s win takes first half title race to last day

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The first half ended for the Quakes and Loons, the Drillers have one more game to play and they are still clinging to a chance at their first half title. Oklahoma City won and Ogden’s game was suspended, hopefully it will be finished today.

Player of the day

Alex Verdugo has been playing well since his return from his stay with Los Angeles. Verdugo had two hits on Sunday, that extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Overall, Verdugo is hitting .341/.384/.489 with just 21 strikeouts in 176 at bats.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers beat the Las Vegas 51s (Mets) 5-3 to take the second game of their series. The Dodgers trailed 1-0 going to the bottom of the first but then a two-run single from Edwin Rios gave the Dodgers the lead. Rocky Gale would drive in the third run in the inning and from that point the Dodgers never trailed.

Alex Verdugo went 2-for-3 and that extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Verdugo hit his fifth home run of the season that gave the Dodgers a two-run lead. Kyle Garlick would drive in the fifth run of the game.

Drew Hutchison got the win in his first appearance with the Dodgers and Joe Broussard picked up his sixth save.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers got a walk-off walk to beat the Springfield Cardinals 7-6 on Sunday. The win combined with the Arkansas Travelers loss gives the Drillers a chance to tie for the first place on the last day of the first half.

Tied going to the bottom of the ninth and with one out, the Drillers received two walks. After Will Smith’s strikeout, Drew Jackson walked to load the bases. Pitcher Logan Bawcom, pinch-hit for pitcher Layne Somsen and he walked to bring in the winning run.

Mitchell White started for the Drillers, he pitched five innings and gave up three runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked two.

Zach Reks went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes got a nice pitching performance but it wasn’t enough as they lost 3-1 to the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels). Tony Gonsolin started and pitched seven innings and gave up one run and four hits. Gonsolin also struck out nine.

Jeren Kendall hit his seventh home run to provide the Quakes’ only run.

Logan Bawcom got the loss as he gave up two runs in the eighth inning.

Despite the loss, the Quakes go into their All-Star break with the first half title in their pocket.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons lost 7-4 to the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres). The Loons got as close as 5-4 but then they gave up two more runs and that was too much to overcome.

Leo Crawford gave up five runs (four earned) in three innings to take the loss. Dan Jagiello gave up two runs in the fifth inning.

Brandon Montgomery, Carlos Rincon, Gersel Pitre and Mitchell Hansen each had two hits.

Rookie - Pioneer

The Raptors game against the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals) was suspended after the top of the second was concluded. The Chukars will lead 3-1 as they pick up from the bottom of the second today.

Transactions

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga activated infielder Zach McKinstry from the temporarily inactive list.

Rookie (Ogden): Infielder Connor Heady assigned to Ogden from Rancho Cucamonga.

Sunday’s scores

Oklahoma City 5, Las Vegas 3

Tulsa 7, Springfield 6

Inland Empire 3, Rancho Cucamonga 1

Fort Wayne 7, Great Lakes 4

Idaho Falls 3, Ogden 1 (Suspended)

Monday’s schedule

3:00 p.m. PT: Continuation of suspended Ogden at Idaho Falls game from Sunday

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart) vs. Las Vegas (Cody Martin)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Justin DeFratus) vs. Springfield (TBD)

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