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Diaz drives in winner in Tulsa’s 4-3 win

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Yusniel Diaz delivers bases-loaded single to score two in rally

Yusniel Diaz
Yusniel Diaz
Rich Crimi ~ Tulsa Drillers

The Dodgers minor league affiliates all had close games on Friday. Oklahoma City and Tulsa won their one-run games, Rancho Cucamonga won a 2-0 and Great Lakes lost by a run.

Player of the day

Yusniel Diaz had two hits on Friday including a single with the bases-loaded that scored two runs. Diaz had a slow month of May but he is still hitting .301/.415/.456 in over 120 plate appearances this season.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers held on to a 8-7 win against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) as Joe Broussard got the last two outs after giving up a two-run homer.

Caleb Ferguson made his second start for the Dodgers and he pitched three innings. Ferguson gave up three runs, three hits and he walked four. Ferguson also struck out two.

Adam Liberatore would get the win for pitching one scoreless inning. Manny Bañuelos almost pitched a five-inning save but he only made to one out in the ninth.

The Dodgers hit three home runs, Matt Beatty hit his first of the season, Jacob Scavuzzo hit his second with the Dodgers and Kyle Garlick hit his seventh with Oklahoma City.

Kyle Farmer had three hits and two RBI. Garlick also had three hits.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers trailed by two going into the bottom of the seventh. They would score three runs to take the lead and eventually win 4-3 over the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros).

In the seventh, three straight singles loaded the bases with no out. A fielder’s choice would score a run and that was followed by a hit by pitch. Yusniel Diaz then came up with bases-loaded and he singled scoring the tying and go-ahead runs. For the game, Angelo Mora and Diaz each had two hits.

Ariel Hernandez would pitch the final two innings to get his third save. Logan Ondrusek who had just joined the team got the win for pitching the top of the seventh.

Also Michael Boyle, who had also joined the team on Friday, made his 2018 debut for the Drillers and he pitched 2⅔ scoreless innings with three walks and two strikeouts.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes extended their winning streak to four games with a 2-0 win over the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies). Dean Kremer, Nolan Long and Jason Richman combined to pitch a two-hitter with two walks and 15 strikeouts.

Kremer was efficient, pitching five innings and giving up a hit and a walk while striking out nine. Richman got his fourth save with two scoreless innings.

The Quakes scored their first run with two out in the third inning, Jeren Kendall doubled in Rylan Bannon. In the fifth inning, Gavin Lux hit his sixth home run of the season.

Cody Thomas also had three hits.

Class-A Great Lakes

Despite a six-run lead, the Loons would lose 7-6 to the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres). The Loons led 6-0 after two innings but a three-run rally in the seventh gave the TinCaps the lead.

Max Gamboa gave up the runs to take the loss however it was an error by Marcus Chiu that scored the tying runs.

The game started well for the Loons, they sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning. Five runs scored with doubles for Chiu and Starling Heredia, Romer Cuadrado tripled in the inning.

Three Loons had two hits, Cuadrado, Carlos Rincon and Heredia.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart from Oklahoma City; infielder Mike Ahmed and left-handed pitcher Chad Girodo assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa.

Double-A: Left-handed pitcher Michael Boyle and right-handed pitcher Parker Curry assigned to Tulsa Drillers from Rancho Cucamonga; right-handed pitcher Logan Ondrusek assigned to Tulsa.

Class-A: RHP Nolan Long assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Tulsa.

Friday’s scores

Oklahoma City 8, Omaha 7

Tulsa 4, Corpus Christi 3

Rancho Cucamonga 2, Lancaster 0

Fort Wayne 7, Great Lakes 6

Saturday’s schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Alfredo Tavarez) vs. Fort Wayne (Osvaldo Hernandez)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Daniel Corcino) vs. Omaha (Josh Staumont)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Mitch White) vs. Corpus Christi (Alex Winkelman)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Chris Mathewson) vs. Lancaster (Ty Culbreth)