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Will Smith homered in his fourth straight game in a Tulsa loss Wednesday.
Rich Crimi ~ Tulsa Drillers

A short night on the farm saw some of the lower affiliates win big, while the hottest prospect in the system stayed white hot.

Player of the day

Will Smith homered in his fourth straight game, and has five home runs in his last six. Smith’s home run was his 16th of the year, upping his season slash line to .296/.391/.614 at Tulsa. Smith also doubled and singled, coming up a triple shy of the cycle. He’s hitting .452 in his last ten games, is on a seven game hitting streak, with two or more hits in five of those games.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City was off Wednesday. They return to action Thursday at Round Rock, with Daniel Corcino scheduled to start.

Double-A Tulsa

Will Smith came up short in his attempt to single-handedly defeat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals) 9-5. Smith drove in three runs and also scored a pair. Jacob Scavuzzo also had three hits, including a double and two runs driven in.

Isaac Anderson did not fare well in his return to Double A, lasting just 3.1 innings while surrendering six runs. Michael Boyle struck out one in 2.1 innings of relief, allowing just one run to cross. Corey Copping was the only Driller pitcher to keep the Naturals off the board, striking out a pair in a scoreless ninth.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes middle order was held hitless in a 6-2 defeat to the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies). Cody Thomas, Cristian Santana, and Omar Estevez combined to go 0-13 in the 3rd-5th spots in the order. Gavin Lux and Connor Wong each had a pair of hits, with Wong going deep for the 13th time this season.

Austin Hamilton took the loss by allowing three runs in four innings of work. Ryan Moseley also struggled, walking three and giving up three runs while recording just two outs. Zach Pop continued his dominance with another shutout inning in the ninth.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons needed ten innings to record their first run, but it was still enough to defeat the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners) 1-0. Josh McLain singled in Luke Heyer in the tenth, McLain’s only hit of the game. Devin Mann also had a hit in three at bats.

Edwin Uceta was stellar to start, throwing six shutout innings while striking out seven. Jasiel Alvino took the win with a scoreless ninth and tenth inning, striking out three.

Short Season Ogden

The Raptors put forth the most complete game of the night with an 11-0 clubbing of the Missoula Osprey (Diamondbacks). The offense was led by Drew Avans, who went four for five with two home runs and five runs driven in. Matt cogen and Ronny Brito each homered, while Chris Amaya went three for five from the leadoff spot.

Jose Chacin earned the win after throwing five shutout innings, striking out four. Hunter Speer and Justin Hagenman each pitched a pair of scoreless innings in relief.

Rookie Level Arizona

The Dodgers were off on Wednesday. They will play the Indians Two on Thursday.

Dominican Summer League

The DSL Dodgers Robinson won a pair of games over the DSL Braves, 16-2 and 4-0. Luis Yanel Diaz had a pair of home runs in game one. Carlos Duran threw four perfect innings in game two, striking out four.

Transactions

Triple-A: RHP Shea Spitzbarth was promoted from Tulsa to Oklahoma City.

Double-A: RHP Isaac Anderson was promoted from Rancho Cucamonga to Tulsa.

Class-A: RHP Yeison Cespedes was promoted from Ogden to Rancho Cucamonga. RHP Imani Abdullah was activated and placed on the restricted/retired list.

Short Season: C Tre Todd was promoted from the AZL Dodgers to Ogden.

Wednesday scores

Northwest Arkansas 9, Tulsa 5

Lancaster 6, Rancho Cucamonga 2

Great Lakes 1, Clinton 0 in 10 innings

Ogden 11, Missoula 0

DSL Dodgers Robinson 16, DSL Braves 2 in game one

DSL Dodgers Robinson 4, DSL Braves 0 in game two

Thursday schedule

4:30 p.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) at Clinton (Oliver Jaskie)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Mitchell White) at Northwest Arkansas (Emilio Ogando)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Daniel Corcino) at Round Rock (TBD)

6:00 p.m.: Ogden (TBD) vs. Missoula (Wilfry Cruz)

7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers (TBD) at AZL Indians Two (TBD)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dustin May) vs. Lancaster (TBD)