RANCHO CUCAMONGA —— The Dominican Summer League started today and from now until the end of August, the DSL will be playing Monday through Saturdays. The Dodgers have two teams, one is designated “Robinson,” the other team is called “Guerrero.” Both of them won their first game.
As for the full-season Dodger affiliates, it looked like three out of four on the winning side on Saturday but a ninth inning home run changed that. Oklahoma City and Rancho Cucamonga won and Tulsa and Great Lakes took the losses.
Player of the day
Mitchell White had his best start of the season, he went five innings and struck out six. The five innings was his longest start of the season.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers scored a run in the seventh to take the lead and they went on to beat Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) 4-2 on Saturday. With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Rocky Gale singled home Travis Taijeron with the go-ahead run.
In the eighth inning, Tim Locastro hit a solo home run and Edwin Rios singled home Kyle Farmer. Those two runs were necessary as the Storm Chasers scored a run in the ninth inning.
Daniel Corcino deserved a better fate than a no-decision, he pitched six innings, gave up an unearned run, four hits and walked two. Corcino struck out six. Brian Schlitter got the win as a result of his two scoreless innings and Pat Venditte got the save by striking out the side while giving up a run.
Locastro also singled home the first run to put the Dodgers on the scoreboard. Kyle Farmer and Henry Ramos each doubled and scored a run.
The Drillers had shutout the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) for 8⅔ innings but then Alex De Goti hit a three-run homer that would give the Hooks a 3-2 win. Dylan Baker pitched the final two innings and took the loss for the Drillers.
Mitchell White started for the Drillers and he had his best game of the season. He pitched five scoreless innings and he gave up two hits and three walks while striking out six. Corey Copping followed with two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
All of the Driller’s offense came in the first inning, Errol Robinson got on due to an error and he would score on a triple by Yusniel Diaz. Connor Joe got an infield single to score Diaz and that was that for the Drillers.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes got the lead after their first batter and they never looked back beating the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) 8-2 on a fireworks Saturday at LoanMart Field. Gavin Lux hit a leadoff home run, his first against a left-handed pitcher this season, to give the Quakes their lead.
It was the third straight game that Lux has homered, the Quakes are also on a five-game winning streak.
Rylan Bannon and Steve Berman also homered, for Bannon it was his 13th of the season, it was Berman’s second of the season.
Isaac Anderson started for the Quakes and went four innings, he did not allow a run and he gave up five hits with three strikeouts. Stetson Allie struck out two including one on a very high velocity pitch.
Stetson Allie hit 101.2 MPH on the last pitch of the inning to strike out Manny Melendez— RC Quakes Baseball (@RCQuakes) June 3, 2018
Ryan Moseley gave up an unearned run in two innings. Marshall Kasowski retired the first two hitters and then a infield single and an error put runners on the corners. He then got a fly out to right to end the inning.
In what you can’t really call insurance runs, the Quakes got four consecutive hits to start the eighth inning, Jeren Kendall doubled and then Logan Landon singled to put runners on the corners. Zach McKinstry doubled home Kendall and Berman followed with a run-scoring single. Berman ended up with four RBI.
With one out, Saige Jenco singled to score McKinstry and make it 8-1. Connor Wong, who entered the game for Lux, singled to load the bases. Finally, Bannon hit into an inning-ending double play.
Logan Salow pitched the ninth inning, he would give up a run and a hit but that wasn’t enough for the JetHawks.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons trailed by five before they started scoring but it was too late as the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres) won 5-3 over the Loons. Osvaldo Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings for the TinCaps to get the win.
Alfredo Tavarez pitched fine for the Loons in his start, he gave up two runs (one earned) in four innings, he also struck out five. Melvin Jiminez has not pitched well at Great Lakes yet. Jiminez gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in two innings. Jiminez will be 19 in July so he is still on the younger side of players in the Midwest League.
Gersel Pitre and Moises Perez had two hits, Romer Cuadrado hit his second home run of the season.
Triple-A: Los Angeles optioned left-handed pitcher P.J. Conlon to Oklahoma City.
11:05 a.m. PT: Tulsa (Justin DeFratus) vs. Corpus Christi (Ryan Hartman)
11:05 a.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Fort Wayne (Luis Patino)
12:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (TBD) vs. Omaha (TBD)
2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Andrew Sopko) vs. Lancaster (Matt Dennis)