Rain wiped out play at the upper levels, but strong pitching in A ball led to two victories on the farm Wednesday.
Player of the day
Players that enter the game in the third inning rarely earn this honor, but Wills Montgomerie pitched 4.2 innings of one run relief to record his second win of the year. Montgomerie struck out ten of the fourteen outs he recorded, upping his season total to 23 across 15.2 innings of work. Montgomerie’s ERA dropped to 2.30 on the season.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City was rained out in San Antonio Wednesday evening. They will play a double header against the Missions (Brewers) tomorrow.
The Drillers could not get their series with the Midland Rockhounds (Athletics) started on Wednesday due to wet grounds. They will try to play a double header again on Thursday.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes pitching staff held Inland Empire to just three hits to beat the 66ers (Angels) in a low scoring 3-2 affair. Michael Grove struck out four over two one-hit innings at the start. Wills Montgomerie held the 66ers to just one run over his 4.2 innings to take the win, while Ryan Moseley recorded the final two outs of the ninth to notch his third save.
The Quakes left 20 runners stranded on the evening, largely due to striking out fourteen times as a team. Starling Heredia hit his second home run of the season in the second inning, part of a one for three night. Donovan Casey and Devin Mann drove in back to back runs in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the victory.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons backed strong pitching with plenty of offense in an 8-2 win over the West Michigan WhiteCaps (Tigers). Miguel Vargas knocked in five runs as part of a three hit night, while Luke Heyer also had three hits on the evening. James Outman hit his first home run of the season, walking three times and also stealing his fifth base on the year.
Guillermo Zuniga held West Michigan to just two runs on one swing in the second, lasting five innings to take the win. Jose Chacin was impressive in relief, going four innings to earn a save the hard way, striking out four.
No posted transactions for Wednesday
Rancho Cucamonga 4, Lake Elsinore 2
Great Lakes 8, West Michigan 2
2:00 p.m.: Tulsa (Mitch White) at Midland (Parker Dunshee) game 1
Tulsa (Parker Curry) at Midland (Matt Milburn) game 2
3:30 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Dennis Santana) at San Antonio (Birch Smith) game 1
Oklahoma City (TBD) at San Antonio (TBD) game 2
4:00 p.m.: Great Lakes (Jeronimo Castro) at Dayton (Jared Solomon)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Victor Gonzalez) at Inland Empire (Oliver Ortega)