A late Springfield rally took away the opportunity for all four Dodger affiliates being victorious on Sunday. Nevertheless, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Great Lakes are in hopeful positions to join Rancho Cucamonga in their respective postseasons.
Player of the day
Jacob Amaya, the 2017 11th round draft pick, had a nice game for the surging Great Lakes Loons. The soon to be 20-year old (September 3rd) went 3-for-5 with a double and his first home run as a Loon.
The young middle infielder has shown good plate discipline this season. In the Midwest League, he has 14 strikeouts against 19 walks in over 90 plate appearances. Amaya’s first stop this season was in Ogden. There he walked 27 times against 29 strikeouts in over 150 plate appearances.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers won 3-1 over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers), that meant they had won two of the first three games in this four-game series. Kyle Lobstein pitched six scoreless innings to get his first win as an Oklahoma City Dodger.
Four relievers followed Lobstein to hold down the Sky Sox. That included Josh Fields who faced four batters, two got hits and two struck out.
With a scoreless tie going to the bottom of the sixth inning, Donovan Solano led off with a double. An Alex Verdugo ground out moved Solano to third.
Kyle Farmer followed with his seventh home run of the season to make it 2-0. Both teams scored single runs in the eighth inning. Brian Schlitter pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 20th save of the season.
The Drillers lost their lead in the eighth and then for good measure, lost the game in the tenth inning as the Springfield Cardinals won 7-4 on Sunday. With the game tied 3-3 with one out in the tenth inning, the Drillers intentionally walked a batter to load the bases.
Up stepped former Driller and Dodger minor league player, Johan Mieses. This old friend made sure he wouldn’t be forgotten as he hit a grand slam to give the Cardinals a 7-3 lead.
The Cardinals would give a up one run but they went on to win 7-4.
Keibert Ruiz had three hits and his battery mate Ben Holmes had two singles and a run-batted-in.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes rolled a pair of seven run innings in their 16-5 win against the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels). Several Quakes had good games but Carlos Rincon might have had the best one.
Rincon went 2-for-3 with two doubles. He also drove in three runs and scored four times. Omar Estevez, Cristian Santana, Jared Walker and Hamlet Marte joined Rincon with two hits apiece.
Also, the win meant a new franchise record for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
THE 2018 QUAKES STAND ALONE!— Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (@RCQuakes) August 27, 2018
Tonight's 16-5 win over Inland Empire is a franchise best 81st!
HISTORY MADE IN SAN BERNARDINO!
The Quakes have eight more opportunities to add on to this new record before the postseason begins later next week.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons continued to keep winning, this time it was a 4-2 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers). Jacob Amaya had three hits and Deacon Liput and Hunter Feduccia each had two hits.
I also wanted to mention the last two pitchers on the mound for the Loons. The first is left-handed pitcher Austin Drury. He faced six batters, five of them were retired, one got a hit and was stranded.
Drury was a 2018 34th round pick for the Dodgers and he has been a reliever in the two stops he has made this season.
Following Drury was right-handed pitcher Stephen Kolek, who was the Dodgers 11th round pick in 2018. Kolek has been used exclusively as a reliever so far in the organization.
At Great Lakes, Kolek has pitched 25⅓ innings out of the pen. He has given up 15 hits and two runs for a 0.71 ERA. Also he has 24 strikeouts against six walks this season for the Loons.
The Raptors were off on Sunday. They will go to Orem to start a series against Owlz (Angels) on Monday.
Arizona-Rookie AZL Dodgers
The AZL Dodgers had their last off-day of the regular season on Sunday, they play their final regular season game on Monday at Camelback Ranch against the AZL White Sox.
Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga placed left-handed pitcher Leo Crawford on the temporary inactive list retroactive to August 25th.
Great Lakes placed left-handed pitcher Austin Hamilton on the 7-day disabled list. Great Lakes activated left-handed pitcher Bryan Warzek from the 7-day disabled list.
10:00 a.m. PT: AZL Dodgers at AZL White Sox
4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) at West Michigan (Jesus Rodriguez)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart) vs. Colorado Springs (TBD)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Dustin May) vs. Springfield (Casey Meisner)
5:35 p.m.: Ogden (Caleb Sampen) at Orem [Angels] (TBD)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Julio Urías) at Inland Empire (Simon Mathews)