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Jeter Downs
Jeter Downs had four hits and drove in four runs in Rancho Cucamonga’s big win Wednesday evening.
Steve Saenz ~ Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

The Quakes broke out the big bats, while the Loons rode one big inning to victory Wednesday on the farm.

Player of the day

One day after having his four game multi-hit streak end, Jeter Downs rebounded in a big way, going 4-5 with a double and a home run while driving in four runs. Downs continued his torrid recent pace, now hitting .364 over his last ten games, with a 1.119 OPS over that span. Four of his six home runs on the season have also come during his recent hot streak.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers were off on Wednesday. They resume play Thursday at home against the Omaha Storm Chasers. Ben Holmes is the scheduled starter for Oklahoma City.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers could not hold on to an early 4-0 lead, falling to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals) 6-5. Dustin May suffered his third loss of the season, allowing five runs (four earned) in six innings, striking out three. Nolan Long kept the Drillers close in relief, allowing just one run on two hits and a walk in two innings.

Jared Walker paced the Drillers with a pair of hits, including his fourth home run of the year, a three run shot in the second inning. Walker would also later double and score. Zach McKinstry also had a pair of hits in five at bats in the loss.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes made full use of the friendly offensive environs in Lancaster, clubbing the JetHawks (Rockies) 18-8. Jeter Downs and Devin Mann lead the offense with four hits apiece, with Mann coming a home run shy of the cycle. Nick Yarnall, Marcus Chiu, and Connor Wong each added home runs, while Drew Avans had three hits from the leadoff spot.

Michael Grove pitched his longest start of the season, going four innings while surrendering just one run, striking out five. Wills Montgomerie allowed the remaining seven runs in four innings of relief, but managed to strike out six. Max Gamboa struck out the side in his only inning of relief.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons broke out for five runs in the seventh inning which proved to be the difference over the Dayton Dragons (Reds) 8-3. Luke Heyer led the way, driving in six runs on two long balls, the second one a grand slam in that big seventh inning. Hunter Feduccia also had a big day in going three for five with a run scored. Miguel Vargas was the only other Loon with a multi-hit game, going two for five from the leadoff spot.

Jeronimo Castro was strong on the mound, scattering eight hits and two runs over five innings, striking out six. Guillermo Zuniga allowed one run over the final three innings to notch his second save of the season.

Transactions

Double-A: The Drillers placed 2B Omar Estevez on the seven day injured list. To take his place, RHP Jordan Sheffield was called up from the California League.

Wednesday scores

Northwest Arkansas 6, Tulsa 5

Rancho Cucamonga 18, Lancaster 8

Great Lakes 8, Dayton 3

Thursday schedule

3:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) at West Michigan (Wilkel Hernandez) game 1

Great Lakes (TBD) at West Michigan (Adam Wolf) game 2

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Ben Holmes) vs. Omaha (TBD)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) vs. Arkansas (Ricardo Sanchez)

6:35 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) at Lancaster (Antonio Santos)