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Quakes celebrate 2018 title and then drop tough one to JetHawks

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All three Dodger-affiliates lose by one on Thursday

Quakes celebrate 2018 California Championship
Quakes celebrate 2018 California Championship
Steve Saenz ~ Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

A winless Thursday for the Dodger minor league affiliates but the Quakes did get a chance to celebrate their title for one last time.

Player of the day

Josiah Gray was perfect in his second start for the Loons. The right-handed pitcher retired all 15 batters he faced with five strikeouts.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The scheduled game was postponed due to inclement weather. The Dodgers and Storm Chasers (Royals) will play a doubleheader in Omaha on Memorial Day May 27th.

The Dodgers will continue their road trip with a four-game series against the Iowa Cubs starting later today.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers saw their four-game winning streak end as they lost 9-8 to the Travelers (Mariners). Going to the eighth inning, the Drillers trailed by seven runs.

The Drillers would score four runs to cut the lead down to 8-5. After giving one back in the bottom of the inning, Tulsa scored three runs in the top of the ninth and had the go-ahead run at bat. But Cristian Santana struck out to end the game.

Yadier Alvarez started for the Drillers and he gave up four runs, two hits and three walks while striking out three in 1⅔ innings. Yordy Cabrera followed and he gave up two runs in 2⅓ innings.

Nolan Long continued the trend by allowing two runs and after a scoreless effort by Andre Scrubb, Adam McCreery let the final run score.

Gavin Lux, Zach McKinstry, Jared Walker and Santana each had two hits in the loss.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes had their Opening Night celebration to mark their 2018 California League championship prior to their game against JetHawks (Rockies). And they almost had another reason to cheer but just fell short in 9-8 loss.

Trailing by five runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Quakes loaded the bases with one out, Nick Yarnall crushed a grand slam to make it a one-run game. But the rally ended when Jeren Kendall grounded out to end the game.

Earlier, 2018 6th round draft pick Bryan Warzek made his second start for the Quakes and he was not effective. Warzek gave up four runs, six hits and four walks in three innings of work.

Sven Schueller followed with a scoreless appearance but then Devin Hemmerich gave up another four runs to push the JetHawks lead to 8-1.

The Quakes scored two runs in the seventh to cut the lead to five and saw a line out from Carlos Rincon end that scoring chance.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Quakes brought the tying run to the plate with one out but Donovan Casey struck out and Jeter Downs flew out to end the inning.

In the ninth inning, Casey Golden homered to extend the lead to five runs. That proved to be the winning run for the JetHawks.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons and Cubs had really good pitching with South Bend taking the 2-1 win over Great Lakes. Austin Drury gave up both runs and he took the loss for the Loons.

As noted above, Josiah Gray was the star of the game as he was perfect for five innings. But the Loons were unable to do much with the seven walks they received. They went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.

Thursday scores

Arkansas 9, Tulsa 8

Lancaster 9, Rancho Cucamonga 8

South Bend 2, Great Lakes 1

Transactions

  • Los Angeles recalled right-handed pitcher Jaime Schultz and optioned right-handed pitcher JT Chargois to Oklahoma City
  • Catcher Josh Thole assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa
  • Catcher Steve Berman assigned to Tulsa from Rancho Cucamonga
  • Catcher Tre Todd assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Great Lakes
  • Rancho Cucamonga activated left-handed pitcher Bryan Warzek from the temporarily inactive list
  • Rancho Cucamonga activated infielder Nick Yarnall from the 7-day injured list

Friday schedule

3:35 pm PT: Great Lakes (Guillermo Zuniga) at West Michigan [Tigers] (Carlos Guzman)

5:08 pm: Oklahoma City (Daniel Corcino) at Iowa [Cubs] (Matt Swarmer)

5:10 pm: Tulsa (J.D. Martin) at Arkansas (Anthony Misiewicz)

7:05 pm: Rancho Cucamonga (Gerardo Carrillo) vs. Lancaster (Lucas Gilbreath)