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Tony Gonsolin gets first start, Drillers and Loons pick up first wins

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Tony Gonsolin
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Dodgers affiliates went 3-1 on Sunday, with Tulsa and Great Lakes both picking up their first wins of the year.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Tony Gonsolin got his first start of the year. He struck out eight in only four innings, but walked two and allowed three runs. The Dodgers’ offense couldn’t put runs on the board, and fell to the Missions 4-1.

OKC’s lone run came in the fourth inning. Will Smith hit a triple, and then came in to score on a single from Edwin Rios.

They had an opportunity in the eighth inning. Down three with runners on first and second, Rios stepped up to the plate. He couldn’t deliver in the clutch yet again, striking out on three pitches to end the inning.

Aaron Wilkerson was practically un-hittable for the Missions. He recorded 10 of his 15 outs via the strikeout.

Double-A Tulsa

After dropping their first three to start the season, the Drillers picked up their first win of the season on Sunday, beating the Arkansas Travelers 3-2.

Tulsa jumped ahead early on, as a Christian Santana RBI double gave them a 1-0 lead after one inning.

The bats would go quiet until the seventh, when the Drillers would add two more runs. Zach McKinstry tripled, and then came in to score on a single from Logan Landon. He wasn’t on the base paths for long, as he came in to score on an Omar Estevez double the very next at bat.

Mitchell White got the start for the Drillers, and threw three scoreless innings. He had three strikeouts and didn’t allow a hit in his short amount of work.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes used a four-run fourth inning to give them the series win, defeating the Stockton Ports 5-2. After falling behind by two in the first, the Quakes chipped away, adding one in the second to cut the deficit to one.

After a Carlos Rincon leadoff double, the Quakes worked together three consecutive walks, giving them a run.

Donovan Casey hit a two-run homer in the fourth, putting the Quakes ahead 3-2. A few batters later, Jeter Downs doubled, bringing in another run to make it 5-2. Rancho wouldn’t score a run the rest of the way, but it wasn’t needed. The Quakes’ pitching staff threw eight scoreless innings to end the game. Four pitchers allowed a combined two hits over the final eight.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons picked up their first win of the season, defeating Lake County 6-0. Jacob Amaya got things going early on, as his RBI double quickly gave Great Lakes the lead. Niko Hulsizer followed with an RBI single, giving his team a two-run lead.

Those two would be in the fold of things again in the sixth, as both walked, and eventually would come in to score. Three consecutive hits from the Loons would give them a 6-0 lead.

Though he didn’t get the start, Jose Chacin had a great day on the mound. He came in with two outs in the third, and would nearly finish the game. He threw 5 13 innings, allowing only two hits while striking out five. Only one runner reached second base against him.

Sunday scores

San Antonio 4, Oklahoma City 1

Tulsa 3, Arkansas 2

Rancho Cucamonga 5, Stockton 2

Great Lakes 6, Lake County 0

Transactions

  • RHP Brock Stewart optioned to Oklahoma City Dodgers
  • RHP Louis Head assigned to Tulsa Drillers
  • Tulsa Drillers placed RHP J.D. Martin on the temporarily inactive listSS Moises Perez assigned to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes from Ogden Raptors
  • Rancho Cucamonga Quakes placed SS Deacon Liput on the 7-day injured list
  • Rancho Cucamonga Quakes placed LHP Bryan Warzek on the temporarily inactive list

Monday schedule

9:05 am PT: San Antonio Missions (Burch Smith) at Oklahoma City Dodgers (Justin De Fratus)

9:05 am PT: Springfield Cardinals (Austin Warner) at Tulsa Drillers (TBA)

3:05 pm PT: South Bend Cubs (Faustino Carrera) at Great Lakes Loons (TBA)

6:00 pm PT: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Michael Grove) at Visalia Rawhide (TBA)