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May the fourth be with you.

Steve Saenz

Three of the Dodgers’ minor-league affiliated teams came out with victories on Saturday night.

Player of the day

After being acquired in the trade of Yasiel Puig, Jeter Downs had arguably his best game of the season with the Quakes. He drove in three runs, and scored two runs as well.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

After the Baby Cakes scored five in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extras, the Dodgers tacked on one run in the tenth to give them the 8-7 victory.

Per minor league rules, OKC began the inning with a runner on second base. Edwin Rios was hit by a pitch, and then him and Shane Peterson advanced bases after a wild pitch. A Rocky Gale groundout scored Peterson, and gave OKC the one-run lead. The Baby Cakes would be retired in order in the bottom half of the inning, giving the Dodgers the victory.

Rios finished the game with two hits and three RBI, and Blake Gailen added three hits and three RBI as well.

Double-A Tulsa

The eighth-inning rally by the Drillers wasn’t enough, as they fell to the Hooks 9-7. Tulsa took the lead briefly in the third inning, but a six-run fourth by Corpus Christi put them down five.

Though they suffered the loss, the power was on full display for the Drillers. Gavin Lux and DJ Peters each hit their fourth homer of the season, with Chris Parmelee hitting his third.

Dustin May had by far his worst outing of the season. Coming into the game, he had been one of the best pitchers in all of double-A through the first month. In 3 23 innings, May allowed eight runs to score and walked two. He nearly doubled his season ERA just from this star. A silver lining, if there is one, is the fact that six of his 11 outs he recorded came via the strikeout.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga

A big game from Jeter Downs helped give the Quakes the 7-3 win over the Giants. On the night, Downs had two hits, drove in three, and scored two of his own. He was responsible for five of his team’s seven runs. He even hit his second homer of the season.

On the pitching side of the things, the Quakes were nearly un-hittable. In fact, they were through the first seven innings. Wills Montgomerie got the start, and lasted 4 23 innings. He struck out six, though he issued five walks. Logan Salow followed with 1 13 innings of hitless ball. Tony Cingrani, who’s working his way back towards the major-league club, threw a hitless inning of relief as well.

High-A Great Lakes

A five-run seventh got the job done for the Loons, as they defeated the Timber Rattlers 5-1.

Great Lakes started the seventh with three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs. Romer Cuadrado walked, tying the game at one. Luke Heyer followed by getting hit by a pitch, putting the Loons up 2-1. After back-to-back outs, Miguel Vargas walked, giving the Loons a two-run lead. With their first three runs coming courtesy of the pitcher, Chris Roller finally put the ball in play, singling in two runs, giving the Loons a four-run cushion.

The Loons only needed two pitchers on Saturday night, both combining to allow only three hits. Andre Jackson got the start, going five innings and allowing one run on only two hits. Jose Martinez came in for relief, throwing four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit.

Transactions

  • Los Angeles Dodgers sent LHP Tony Cingrani on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
  • RHP Drew Finley assigned to Great Lakes Loons from Ogden Raptors

Saturday scores

Oklahoma City 8, New Orleans 7

Corpus Christi 9, Tulsa 7

Rancho Cucamonga 7, San Jose 3

Great Lakes 5, Wisconsin 1

Sunday schedule

10:00 am PT: Oklahoma City Dodgers at New Orleans Baby Cakes

11:05 am PT: Corpus Christi Hooks (Carson LaRue) at Tulsa Drillers (Yordy Cabrera)

11:05 am PT: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Max Lazar) at Great Lakes Loons (TBD)

1:00 pm PT: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Victor Gonzalez) at San Jose Giants (DJ Myers)