It was a great night for the Dodger affiliates on Saturday, as they completed the successful 4-0 sweep.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
After falling behind 2-0, the Dodgers scored four unanswered runs to defeat the Storm Chasers, 4-2.
They scored their first run, without even needing to record a hit. In the top of the third, the Dodgers were able to work four walks, bringing in a run to cut their deficit to a run. They’d take the lead in the top of the fifth, as Shane Peterson hit a two-run shot for his fifth home run of the year. A sacrifice fly from Daniel Castro in the eighth gave them the 4-2 lead.
The bullpen came up huge for OKC on the night, as four separate pitchers each threw a scoreless inning in relief. Each reliever also had two strikeouts, and they didn’t allow a base hit in the final three innings.
A four-run inning helped the Drillers pick up the 5-1 victory over the Naturals. With the game tied at one a piece, DJ Peters got things started in the fifth with a double. Chris Parmelee followed with his fifth homer of the year, as his two-run shot gave Tulsa the 3-1 lead.
The Drillers would then load the bases for Zach McKinstry. On an 0-1 pitch, he singled to center field, driving in two more runs to give his team the 5-1 lead. Five runs were all they needed, as their pitching staff held the Naturals to only one run on five hits.
Getting the start and picking up his first win on the season was Michael Bowden. He went five innings, striking out five and allowing one run. The bullpen was lights out, as three different relievers combined to allow only one hit in their four innings of work.
Single-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes had 12 hits on Saturday night, as eight starters recorded a hit in their 4-3 win over the JetHawks. Donovan Casey got things going for Rancho as his sixth homer of the year gave them the 1-0 lead in the fourth. They’d add another run on a double from Starling Heredia. On the night, Heredia had three hits.
After the Jethawks rallied back, the game was tied heading into the seventh. Jeter Downs was able to spark the team, as he steal both second and third after a single. He’d come in to score on a sacrifice fly, giving the Quakes the lead yet again. They’d pick up an insurance run in the eighth, as Heredia hit another double to bring in a run.
Edwin Uceta had a great start for Rancho, as he moved to 3-0 on the season. He struck out seven in 6 1⁄3 innings, while walking one and allowing two runs.
High-A Great Lakes
A late rally from the TinCaps wasn’t enough, as the Loons escaped with the 7-6 victory. The Loons started things in the fourth, thanks to two separate two-run hits. Romer Cuadrado put his team on the board with a two-run double, and Miguel Vargas followed shortly after with a two-run single to put his team ahead 4-0.
The TinCaps rallied, scoring four runs to get within a run in the fifth. Great Lakes answered back, scoring two in the bottom half of the frame to push their lead back to three. Fort Wayne would pick up two more runs, including one in the ninth. They had the tying run at first with two outs, but Nathan Witt shut things down, securing his fourth save and helping the Loons pick up their 30th win of the season.
Rancho Cucamonga 4, Lancaster 3
11:05 am PT: Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Ryan Weathers) at Great Lakes Loons (Jose Chacin)
2:05 pm PT: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Leo Crawford) at Lancaster JetHawks (Antonio Santos)
5:05 pm PT: Oklahoma City Dodgers (Daniel Corcino) at Omaha Storm Chasers (TBA)
5:05 pm PT: Northwest Arkansas Naturals (J.C. Cloney) at Tulsa Drillers (Dustin May)