A big night of offense on the farm, as Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga find the bats in their favor, but Oklahoma City takes the brunt on the wrong end.
Player of the day
Kyle Garlick went two for five with home runs number eight and nine on the season. Garlick’s offense has turned the corner since the calendar flipped to May, where he’s hit .355/.394/.968 on the month. Garlick has also upped his walk rate in Triple A from 4.1% last season to 10.6% thus far in 2019.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Garlick’s offense was not enough to stave off a pounding by Nashville, with the Sounds (Rangers) topping the Dodgers 13-6. Will Smith had a three hit night for Oklahoma City in a losing effort. Daniel Castro also had a pair of hits as the third Dodger to enjoy a multi-hit night.
Brock Stewart’s struggles continued Wednesday, as the right-hander allowed seven runs in 3.2 innings, walking three against only two strikeouts. Stetson Allie also suffered a hard night, walking three and surrendering four runs while recording just one out.
The Drillers were off Wednesday and travel to Little Rock to face the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners) Thursday.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes built a big early lead and held on late to defeat the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels) 6-4. Marcus Chiu got the scoring started with a home run in the first inning. Carlos Rincon also homered, his eighth of the season, to give the Quakes a two run cushion in the eighth inning. Rincon also had another hit, walk, and run scored.
Gerardo Carrillo had one of his better starts of the season, allowing just one unearned run on one hit and four walks while striking out five. Justin Bruihl took the win in relief, striking out three over 2.1 innings, but allowing two runs. Jordan Sheffield slammed the door after entering with one out in the eighth, notching his sixth save.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons scored in five of the first six innings to overwhelm the Kane County Cougars (Diamondbacks) 10-6. Niko Hulsizer had three hits, three runs driven in, and three runs scored. Two of Hulsizer’s hits went for extra bases, including his sixth home run of the season. Dillon Paulson came close to matching Hulsizer, as Paulson also had a trio of hits and runs driven in, including a home run. James Outman had a pair of hits including his second home run of the year.
Stephen Kolek came one out shy of earning a decision, lasting just 4.2 innings, surrendering three runs on five hits. Austin Drury pitched 2.1 shutout innings in relief of Kolek, earning the win. Drew Finley made his second appearance of the season, striking out a pair in one scoreless inning of relief.
No transactions listed for Wednesday.
9:05 a.m.: Oklahoma City (Rob Zastryzny) vs. Nashville (Wes Benjamin)
5:10 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) at Arkansas (TBD)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Leo Crawford) vs. Inland Empire (Kyle Bradish)