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OKC splits a doubleheader, Great Lakes wins big, Rancho Cucamonga loses late

Tony Gonsolin
Tony Gonsolin
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Oklahoma City Dodgers finally got to play baseball after two straight postponements. Tulsa has their turn to have a game called for bad weather. Rancho Cucamonga made a nice comeback only to lose in the ninth inning. And Great Lakes won going away against West Michigan.

Player of the day

Tony Gonsolin pitched five scoreless innings and struck out four in the first game of a doubleheader. He was credited with the win in the 7-inning combined shutout.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers and Cubs played a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday and a total of six runs were scored. The Dodgers took the first game 3-0 and the Cubs won 2-1 affair in the second game.

Tony Gonsolin and Zach McAllister got the win and save respectively for the Dodgers. As already noted, Gonsolin pitched five scoreless innings with four strikeouts. McAllister struck out three in his two innings of work.

The Dodgers did all of their scoring in third inning. Daniel Castro singled home Errol Robinson with the first run and then Will Smith hit a two-run homer.

In the second game, both teams scored a run in the second inning and the game stayed tied until the bottom of the sixth inning.

With two out and runners on first and second, Donnie Dewees singled home the go-ahead run for the Cubs. The Dodgers made it interesting in the seventh inning. With two outs, the Dodgers loaded the bases but then Edwin Rios struck out to end the game.

Double-A Tulsa

Saturday’s game between the Drillers and the Travelers (Mariners) was postponed due to inclement weather. The game has been re-scheduled as part of a Friday May 10th doubleheader at Arkansas.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes jumped out to a quick lead but then saw the JetHawks (Rockies) take a two-run lead to the seventh inning. However the Quakes scored a run in the seventh and two in the eighth to take the lead.

But they could not hold on and they lost their third straight game 7-6 at LoanMart Field.

After one out in the ninth inning, Yeison Cespedes proceeded to walk two batters, give up a run-tying double and then intentionally walk the hitter after that.

So then with the game tied and the bases loaded, Cespedes walks in the go-ahead run.

The Quakes would go down in order to end the game and have their second one-run loss in three games at home.

Just minutes earlier, Starling Heredia hit a two-run homer to give the Quakes the lead in the bottom of the eighth.

After combining for a California League record combined team record for strikeouts in a game with 33 on Friday night, the two teams combined for 23 on Saturday night.

Devin Mann hit a three-run homer in the first inning to give the Quakes an early lead. However, Michael Grove could not finish the second inning. In 1⅔ innings pitched, Grove gave up three runs, four hits and he walked two. Grove also had three strikeouts.

It was a very windy night and early on, several pop ups to the outfield were difficult to catch. At least one of those cost Grove in the second inning.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons took the lead in the first inning and never let up as they beat the Whitecaps (Tigers) 10-1 on Saturday. The Loons led 5-0 after two innings and 10-0 after six innings.

The Loons had ten hits and eleven walks. They would leave 14 runners on base and went 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

Romer Cuadrado had two hits and three RBI, Miguel Vargas also had two hits. Dan Robinson and Niko Hulsizer both had three RBI too.

Jeronimo Castro pitched five innings of shutout baseball and got his first win of the season. Castro has now pitched nine total innings and has yet to give up a run.

Saturday scores

Oklahoma City 3, Iowa 0

Iowa 2, Oklahoma City 1

Lancaster 7, Rancho Cucamonga 6

Great Lakes 10, West Michigan 1

Transactions

  • Oklahoma City placed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera on the 7-day injured list retroactive to April 11, 2019
  • Oklahoma City Dodgers activated infielder Drew Jackson
  • Outfielder Connor Joe assigned to Oklahoma City

Sunday schedule

11:00 am PT: Great Lakes (Stephen Kolek) at West Michigan (Garrett Hill)

11:08 am: Oklahoma City (Ben Holmes) at Iowa (Trevor Clifton)

12:10 pm: Tulsa (Mitchell White) at Arkansas (Darren McCaughan)

2:05 pm: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) vs. Lancaster (Matt Dennis)