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Late-inning action determines three games across minor leagues

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Brandon Montgomery
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Steve Saenz ~ Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Three of the Dodgers’ minor-league affiliates had their games determined in the seventh inning or later on Thursday, as they finished 2-2 on the day.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers dropped an extra-innings affair on Thursday night, losing to the Round Rock Express 10-4. Both teams headed into the tenth inning tied at four a piece, but a six-run inning from the Express put the game out of reach.

It was a rough outing for Jaime Schultz, who allowed all six runs. He pitched a scoreless ninth, but things fell apart for him in the tenth. Six of the first seven batters reached base, having all the damage done with only one out. On the season, Schultz has an ERA of 11.05.

OKC had countless opportunities to capitalize and put the game out of reach. On the night, the Dodgers were 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position, and left a total of 14 runners on base.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers exploded for four runs in the first inning en route to their 6-1 win over the RockHounds.

After loading the bases to start the first, DJ Peters grounded out to put the Drillers up 1-0. Chris Parmelee followed with a double to right field, giving his team the three-run edge. After an error, Cody Thomas singled to give the Drillers a 4-0 lead.

J.D. Martin got the start for Tulsa, and delivered by far the best start of his season. He threw seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing only two hits.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga

A five-run seventh wasn’t enough for the Quakes, as they fell to the Storm, 6-5. Lake Elsinore responded with a three-run eighth, giving them the one-run victory.

The Quakes loaded the bases to begin the seventh. Devin Mann drew a walk, bringing in a run to get his team on the board. After a Steve German sacrifice fly, the Quakes trailed only one run. Brandon Montgomery then stepped up to the plate with two outs. After seeing three straight balls, he had the green light, and hit his first homer of the season to give the Quakes the 5-3 lead.

Their lead would be short-lived, as the Storm answered back with three runs on their own in the eighth. Rancho wouldn’t be able to come back, dropping the game 6-5.

High-A Great Lakes

A wild-pitch with two outs in the bottom of the eighth scored the game winning run for the Loons, as they defeated the Snappers 6-5. With the game tied at five a piece, the Lakes used two walks and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases with two outs.

Jacob Amaya stepped to the plate, and saw a pitch go to the backstop, bringing in the winning run from third base. Amaya grounded out to end the inning.

The Snappers threatened in the top of the ninth. A single and a fielders choice put runners on first and second with only one out. Joel Inoa struck out the following batter, but a wild pitch put runners on second and third. After falling behind 3-1 in the count, Inoa got a ground out to secure the victory for the Loons.

Thursday scores

Round Rock 10, Oklahoma City 4

Tulsa 6, Midland 1

Lake Elsinore 6, Rancho Cucamonga 5

Great Lakes 6, Beloit 5

Friday schedule

3:05 pm PT: Timber Rattlers (Justin Bullock) at Great Lakes Loons (TBD)

5:00 pm PT: Oklahoma City Dodgers (Brock Stewart) at New Orleans Baby Cakes (Zac Gallen)

5:05 pm PT: Midland RockHounds (Brian Howard) at Tulsa Drillers (Dustin May)

7:00 pm PT: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at San Jose Giants