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Connor Wong hits fifth homer of year in Quakes win

Steve Saenz

The affiliates split on Saturday night, with Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes picking up wins, and Oklahoma City and Tulsa losing.

Player of the day

Dillon Paulson of the Loons drove in six runs, with four coming on one swing of the bat, as he hit a grand-slam.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The San Antonio Missions exploded for 15 hits on Saturday night, defeating the Dodgers 6-0.

It was a quiet night for the OKC bats, as they racked up only five hits. However, they still had their chances to tack on some runs. They left eight runners on base, and were a combined 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Most of the damage came against the Dodgers’ starter, Rob Zastryzny. In just 4 23 innings, he allowed five runs on 11 hits.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers tacked on two late runs in the ninth, but they wouldn’t be enough, as they fell to the Hooks 10-9.

Tulsa jumped ahead early on, as DJ Peters hit his second homer of the season, giving his team the early 3-0 lead. The Hooks would slowly add runs, scoring in innings two through four to give them a 6-3 lead. Just like the Hooks, the Drillers chipped away, bringing themselves right back into the game.

Steve Berman hit his first homer of the year for Tulsa, and an RBI single from Peters would cut Tulsa’s deficit to only one run in the fifth. Zach Reks would give the Drillers the one-run lead with a two-run homer in the seventh.

The Drillers were one out away from heading to the ninth with the lead. With two outs and a runner on first, Tulsa allowed back-to-back walks to load the bases. On a 3-2 pitch, Granden Goetzman hit a grand-slam that would put the Hooks ahead, 10-7.

Tulsa would put together a rally in the ninth, putting two runs across the board to cut their deficit to one. With two outs, the Drillers had runners on first and second with Christian Santana at the plate. He would ground out, ending Tulsa’s chance at the comeback win.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga

An eighth inning rally wasn’t enough for Modesto, as the Quakes defeated the Nuts 4-3.

Most of the offense came from Connor Wong, who had three of the Quakes’ seven hits. He also drove in half their runs, as he hit a two-run homer in the sixth for his fifth of the season.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons scored four runs in two separate innings, as they defeated the Dragons 9-4. They got things started in the third when Dillon Paulson hit a grand slam for his second homer of the season.

Their second four-run outburst came in the sixth inning when Miguel Vargas drove in two with a double, and Paulson delivered yet again, bringing in two with a double of his own. He finished the night with a total of six RBI.

Saturday scores

San Antonio 6, Oklahoma City 0

Corpus Christi 10, Tulsa 9

Rancho Cucamonga 4, Modesto 3

Great Lakes 9, Dayton 4

Sunday schedule

11:00 am PT: Great Lakes Loons (TBD) at Dayton Dragons (James Marinan)

12:05 pm PT: Oklahoma City Dodgers (Daniel Corcino) at San Antonio Missions (TBD)

12:15 pm PT: Tulsa Drillers (Dustin May) at Corpus Christi Hooks (Brett Adcock)

2:05 pm PT: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Gerardo Carrillo) at Modesto Nuts (Nick Wells)