Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma City Dodgers’ record falls to two games under .500 after their 4-3 loss to the Iowa Cubs (Cubs) on Sunday. The Dodgers offense was lacking, scoring three runs on four hits and seven walks. They also left seven runners on base and went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
OKC had a huge opportunity to score in the second inning, where they worked three walks in a row to load the bases with no outs. The bottom three batters in the order would each strike out to end the inning and blowing the chance they had to win the game. This is nothing new for Oklahoma City, as they are 0-for-12 with the bases loaded this season.
Kyle Garlick was the Dodgers’ biggest offensive producer, driving in two of the three runs scored with a home run and a base hit. His contributions allowed the Dodgers to stay in the race through the entire contest.
Ben Holmes, the left-handed pitcher for the Dodgers, had a decent outing - going five innings and allowing two runs to score from three hits and no walks. Justin Grimm and Josh Smoker would come in as his relief, each allowing a run to score to get the Cubs to four runs, which would be enough to defeat the Dodgers by one run.
The Tulsa Drillers pitchers threw a combined no-hitter on Thursday against the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners) but lost the ball game, 1-0.
Neither team had received a run through nine innings, sending the game into extras. Because it is the minor leagues, a runner gets placed on second base to start the free baseball innings in order to help speed up the game. In this case, it would be in Arkansas’ favor, driving in the runner placed on base after a bases-loaded walk.
4 Driller pitchers combine to toss Tulsa's first 9 inning NO-HITTER in 28 years, however, Drillers fall 1-0 in 10 innings at Arkansas. Winning run scores on bases loaded walk with 2 outs in the 10th!— Tulsa Drillers (@TulsaDrillers) April 14, 2019
Mitchell White started the game for Tulsa, going four scoreless innings where he only allowed three walks while striking out six. Parker Curry followed with three scoreless innings with no walks and two strikeouts. Marshall Kasowski also contributed a scoreless eighth inning before being replaced by Louis Head. Head pitched the ninth and tenth innings, where he struck out five in a row before hitting a batter and walking the next two to allow the Travelers to walk off.
Single-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes received a four-game sweep in their first home stand of the season. The Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) defeated the Quakes 10-3 in the final game of the series.
The Quakes opened up the scoring in the fourth inning, with a triple hit by Starling Heredia followed by a base hit by Nick Yarnall to drive in Heredia. Small ball would allow the JetHawks to score a pair in the sixth inning and the Quakes answered with two runs of their own.
Things got out of their control in the seventh inning, when the JetHawks scored six runs while playing some more small ball. They would score two more runs in the ninth inning, with the Quakes failing to respond.
Class-A Great Lakes
Sunday’s series finale between the Great Lakes Loons and the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers) was postponed due to inclement weather. No makeup date has been announced, but the teams have an opportunity to reschedule the game for the next time they meet, which is May 16-19.
Iowa Cubs 4, Oklahoma City Dodgers 3
Tulsa Drillers 1, Arkansas Travelers 0
Lancaster JetHawks 10, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3
- RHP Dennis Santana optioned to Oklahoma City Dodgers.
- Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RHP Josh Sborz from Oklahoma City Dodgers.
10:08 a.m. PDT: Oklahoma City Dodgers (Rob Zastryzny) vs. Iowa Cubs (Duncan Robinson)
4:04 p.m. PDT: Great Lakes Loons (Stephen Kolek) vs. South Bend Cubs (TBD)
4:30 p.m. PDT: Tulsa Drillers (TBD) vs. Springfield Cardinals (Williams Pérez)
6:00 p.m. PDT: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Edwin Uceta) vs. Lake Elsinore Storm (TBD)