A pretty good day for the Dodger minor league affiliates. Tulsa swept a double-header, Rancho Cucamonga won their 10th straight game and three of the four Rookie-League teams won.
Player of the day
Dean Kremer made his first start in the Texas League a memorable one as he pitched a three-hit shutout over the Midland RockHounds. Kremer, who was the California League leader in strikeouts with 114, matched a season-high with 11 strikeouts on Thursday.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers lost 7-3 to the Round Rock Express (Rangers). The Express scored four runs in the second inning and were never caught.
Tyler Pill started for the Dodgers and gave up five runs in six innings pitched. Kyle Garlick and Travis Taijeron each had three hits. Garlick also had a home run and a double. Each of Taijeron’s hits were doubles.
The Drillers swept their double-header against the Midland RockHounds (Athletics). They won the first game 7-6 in which they had to rally in back-to-back innings and then in the second game, the Drillers shutout the RockHounds 2-0 in the second game.
Double-headers are comprised of two seven-inning games which meant that when the Drillers had to score two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh of the first game.
Will Smith halved the deficit with a solo home run and one out later, DJ Peters tied the game with his own home run. But then the Drillers gave up three runs in the top of the eighth.
The Drillers made their second big rally as they tied the game with three straight singles from Yusniel Diaz, Smith and Zach Reks.
After keeping the RockHounds scoreless in the ninth, Tyler Goeddel singled home DJ Peters with the winning run.
In the second game, the Drillers scored two runs, one by a Zach Reks solo home run. However that was enough for Dean Kremer. Kremer had pitched for Rancho Cucamonga and was leading the California League in strikeouts before being promoted to the Texas League.
He had a brilliant debut, pitching a seven-inning complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts. He gave up three hits and walked three.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes went to extra-innings for only the second time this season but it was worth it as they beat the San Jose Giants 8-3 in ten innings. The Quakes had now won ten in a row, one short of their franchise record.
The Quakes used four pitchers on Thursday and they combined for 19 strikeouts. The last pitcher, Andre Scrubb pitched 2⅓ innings to get the win.
Omar Estevez hit two home runs and Logan Landon hit one home run and two doubles, driving in three runs. One of those doubles drove in two runs in the tenth inning.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons lost 6-5 in ten innings to the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres). Edwin Uceta started for the Loons and pitched six innings. Uceta gave up two runs and seven hits. He struck out three and walked two.
Sven Schueller pitched three scoreless innings to take the game to extra-innings. Brock Carpenter gave the Loons the lead with a three-run homer in the top of the tenth.
However, the Loons would not get one out as the TinCaps scored four runs, the last run scored on a bases-loaded walk.
Rookie - Pioneer
The Raptors kept scoring and scoring as they won 14-5 over the Grand Junction Rockies. Jose Chacin won his second game as he pitched six innings and gave up five runs.
All nine hitters in the Raptor’s lineup had at least one hit. Jair Camargo hit a grand slam and a three-run double. Miguel Vargas went 3-for-6 with a double and four runs driven in.
Ronny Brito, Niko Hulsizer and Drew Avans each had two hits.
Rookie - Arizona League
The AZL Dodgers beat the AZL Athletics 3-2 as Ismael Alcantara scored both runs. Antonio Hernandez won the game, Jose Martinez struck out six in 3⅓ innings to get the save.
Triple-A: Oklahoma City activated right-handed pitcher Zach Neal.
Double-A: Tulsa placed both right-handed pitcher Layne Somsen and left-handed pitcher Michael Johnson on the 7-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Karch Kowalczyk on the temporarily inactive list. Right-handed pitchers Dean Kremer and Nolan Long and left-handed pitcher Michael Boyle assigned to Tulsa from Rancho Cucamonga.
Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga activated catcher Steve Berman from the 7-day disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Ricardo Hernandez assigned to Great Lakes from AZL Dodgers.
Rookie: Right-handed pitchers Andre Jackson and Riley Ottesen to AZL Dodgers from Great Lakes.
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Dayton [Reds] (Austin Orewiler)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart) vs. Round Rock (Michael Roth)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Mitchell White ) vs. Midland (Logan Shore)
5:40 p.m.: Ogden (Kevin Malisheski) at Grand Junction (TBD)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Isaac Anderson) at San Jose (Melvin Adon)