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Rich Hill strong for Quakes, Cody Thomas hits home run hat trick

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Rich Hill struck out eight in four scoreless innings with Rancho Cucamonga,
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The Quakes welcomed a rehabbing big leaguer, while the Drillers busted out the offense Wednesday afternoon on the farm.

Player of the day

Cody Thomas had arguably the best day of any Dodger farmhand thus far in 2019 Wednesday afternoon. Thomas went four for four with three home runs and five runs driven in. His perfect day upped his average to .262, and he’s now slugging a whopping .714 on the season. His big day also snapped a streak of six consecutive games with a strikeout, having whiffed 11 times over that stretch.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City’s offense struggled to convert on numerous chances, stranding 15 runners in an 8-5 defeat to the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals). Connor Joe and Drew Jackson led the way with three hits each, with Jackson also walking twice and stealing his second base of the year. Will Smith and Edwin Rios each struggled in run scoring opportunities, both stranding six runners while batting in the heart of the order.

Daniel Corcino was hit hard in taking the loss. Corcino lasted five innings, but allowed six runs on seven extra base hits. Jaime Shultz recorded a strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning, his first outing since returning to Oklahoma City.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers outhomered the Springfield Cardinals in a 10-7 getaway day slugfest. Cody Thomas paced all hitters with three home runs, with Gavin Lux, Jared Walker, and Zach McKinstry adding one apiece. Gavin Lux also doubled to raise his season average to and even .400.

The Drillers used six pitchers in what was largely a bullpen game. Michael Boyle was hit the hardest, surrendering four runs while only recording two outs. Parker Curry pitched a pair of scoreless innings to take the win, and Marshall Kasowski also had a pair of strikeouts in his lone inning of work.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes used a strong performance from a rehabbing Rich Hill and ninth inning rally to defeat top Padres prospect Makenzie Gore and the Lake Elsinore Storm. Hill scattered two hits over four innings, striking out 8. Gerardo Carrillo took the win in relief, striking out five in 4.2 innings, allowing the two runs. Jordan Sheffield came on in relief of Carrillo in the ninth to record the final out and his fourth save of the season. Sheffield has yet to allow a run to score this season, having surrendered just one hit over six appearances.

Carlos Rincon took Gore deep in the second inning for his first home run of the season. Rincon also knocked in what became the winning run in the ninth inning rally. Brandon Montgomery led all Quakes with two hits.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons could not back strong pitching with the bats, falling to the South Bend Cubs 2-1. Josiah Gray was solid once again, lasting five innings, striking out five, and only walking one. Nathan Witt was the hard luck loser, allowing one unearned run in his two innings of work.

The Loons had just six hits on the day, with Luke Heyer and James Outman sharing the lead with two hits apiece. Jair Camargo drove in the lone Loons run, while Heyer had the only extra base hit, a double, on the afternoon. Romer Cuadrado struggled at the plate, striking out in all four of his appearances.

Transactions

Triple-A: Oklahoma City placed RHP Tony Gonsolin and OF Blake Gailen on the injured list.

Double-A: Tulsa placed 1B Chris Parmelee on the injured list.

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga received LHP Rich Hill on a temporary rehab assignment.

Wednesday scores

Omaha 8, Oklahoma City 5

Tulsa 10, Springfield 7

Rancho Cucamonga 4, Lake Elsinore 2

South Bend 2, Great Lakes 1

Thursday schedule

3:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Guillermo Zunica) vs. Bowling Green (TBD)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Dennis Santana) vs. Omaha (Foster Griffin)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (J.D. Martin) vs. Arkansas (TBD)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) vs. San Jose (Aaron Phillips)