Big wins for Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga also the AZL Dodgers lower their magic number to one to clinch a playoff spot. The Ogden Raptors lost but so did the Idaho Falls Chukars and that gave Ogden an outright first half division title.
Player of the day
DJ Peters hit his 20th home run of the season and also tripled on Saturday. He has now tied for top place in the Texas League with 20 home runs.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers split a pair of games against the Nashville Sounds (Athletics), winning the first game 6-1 and then losing the second game 4-0. Brock Stewart pitched five solid innings to get the win in the first game. Stewart gave up one run and seven hits. He also struck out five. Ariel Hernandez and Josh Sborz each struck out two in their respective one inning appearances.
Edwin Rios and Henry Ramos both homered in the first game. Andrew Toles went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
In the second game, Zach Neal pitched four innings and gave up three runs. Henry Ramos had two hits in the game but the Dodgers did not muster much offense with their five hit attack.
The Drillers scored nine runs in the third inning on their way to a 12-2 win over the NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals). Luke Raley singled to start that inning and when he batted again that inning, he hit a three-run homer to make in nine runs across.
Tony Gonsolin controlled the Naturals by pitching six innings and giving up two runs and five hits. He also struck out seven. Yadier Alvarez struck out the side in his one-inning appearance.
The Drillers pounded 15 hits on Saturday. DJ Peters homered and hit a triple. Peters also scored three times. Raley went 3-for-6. Four other Drillers, Will Smith, Jacob Scavuzzo, Mike Ahmed and Tyler Goeddel also had two hits in the game.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes lead had been cut to two runs before scoring five runs in the sixth and going on to beat the Modesto Nuts (Mariners) 11-5 on Saturday. Leo Crawford won his third game, pitching five innings and giving up four runs (three earned) and ten hits.
Gavin Lux had two hits, including a home run, and he scored three runs. Jared Walker also scored three runs and he hit his fifth home run as a Quake. Omar Estevez and Steve Berman each had two hits.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons lost 6-2 to the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals). The Loons fell behind early and ultimately trailed by six runs before scoring twice in the eighth inning.
Jeronimo Castro took loss as he pitched 2⅔ innings and gave up four runs. Dan Jagiello and Darien Nunez each had scoreless appearances, Jagiello pitching 2⅓ inning and Nunez pitching 2 innings.
Eric Peterson hit a two-run homer for the Loons that produced all of their runs.
Rookie - Pioneer
The Raptors were on the other side of a blowout win as the Helena Brewers beat them 8-0 on Saturday. Despite the loss, the Raptors clinched an outright first half division title because the Idaho Falls Chukars also lost.
As for this game, Joel Inoa took his first loss as he gave up six runs in three innings. Inoa’s opponent, Aaron Ashby pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up the only two hits the Raptors had on Saturday.
Rookie - Arizona League
The AZL Dodgers defeated the AZL Angels 6-4 and lowered their magic number to one to clinch a playoff spot. 2018 third round draft pick, left-handed pitcher John Rooney made his professional debut as he started for the Dodgers.
Rooney pitched two innings and he gave up a hit and struck out four. Robinson Ortiz got the win, he pitched the final four innings and allowed a hit while striking out six.
Class-A: Right-handed pitcher Yeison Cespedes assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Ogden. Great Lakes activated catcher Garrett Hope from the 7-day disabled list and placed outfielder Brayan Morales on the 7-day disabled list.
Rookie: Left-handed pitcher Antonio Hernandez assigned to AZL Dodgers from Rancho Cucamonga. Great Lakes sent right-handed pitcher Jesus Vargas on a rehab assignment to AZL Dodgers. Catcher Jair Camargo assigned to AZL Dodgers from Ogden. Catcher Marco Hernandez assigned to Ogden from AZL Dodgers.
11:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Peoria (Alvaro Seijas)
12:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Mitchell White) at NW Arkansas (Emilio Ogando)
12:05 p.m.: Ogden (Jose Chacin) at Helena (Max Lazar)
2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) vs. Modesto (TBD)
4:15 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Manny Bañuelos) at Nashville (TBD)