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Drillers score six runs in last two innings to complete comeback

Cody Thomas with the Quakes in 2018
Steve Saenz

Three wins for the Dodger minor league affiliates to end May. Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Great Lakes win while the Quakes are unable to make it a clean sweep for the Dodger minor league teams.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers scored three runs in the first inning and they went on to beat the Redbirds (Cardinals) 6-2 at Memphis on Friday. Kyle Garlick hit a three-run homer, his 12th of the season, to open the scoring for the Dodgers.

Daniel Corcino pitched a strong six innings for the Dodgers. He gave up one run and three hits. Corcino struck out eight and walked two. Caleb Ferguson made his first appearance with the Dodgers since he was optioned and he struck out the side.

Garlick, Connor Joe and Shane Peterson each had two hits in the win.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers trailed 5-0 going to the eighth inning but then scored six runs in the last two innings to rally back and beat the Travelers (Mariners) 6-5 at Arkansas. With one out in the ninth inning, Logan Landon walked and that was followed by singles from Gavin Lux and Zach McKinstry.

Cody Thomas came up with the bases-loaded and hit a grand slam, his tenth home run of the season, and that put the Drillers up 6-5.

Shea Spitzbarth pitched the ninth and recorded his fourth save. Spitzbarth would also strike out two. Jordan Sheffield got the win, he pitched 1⅓ innings and had three strikeouts.

It was Sheffield’s fourth appearance for Tulsa since his promotion from Rancho Cucamonga and he has pitched a total of 5⅓ scoreless innings with a walk and seven strikeouts.

Dustin May started and pitched 6⅔ innings and he gave up five runs and eight hits. He struck out eight and walked one.

Lux, McKinstry and Thomas each had three hits in the win.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes were unable to get going offensively in their 6-2 loss to the 66ers (Angels) at Rancho Cucamonga on Friday evening. The 66ers had 16 strikeouts against the Quakes while giving up six hits and two walks.

Gerardo Carrillo started for the Quakes, it was his ninth start of the season. He pitched 4⅓ innings and allowed five runs (four earned) and eight hits. He struck out three and walked four.

Drew Avans had two hits while Deacon Liput drove in both runs for the Quakes.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons finished a great month with their 9-6 win over the TinCaps (Padres). The Loons went 22-7 in May and are in first place in their division.

Two four-run innings highlighted the Loons win. In the fourth inning, Leonel Valera doubled home two runs and that was followed by a Dan Robinson solo home run. Jacob Amaya would also double home the fourth run of the inning.

Jose Chacin pitched five innings and gave up five runs and seven hits and he finished his last inning with the score tied 5-5.

The Loons broke the tie in the sixth inning, five consecutive hits would score four runs for Loons. Back-to-back triples by Valera and Robinson started the scoring. Miguel Vargas and Amaya both singled and Dillon Paulson doubled them both in.

The Loons bullpen pitched the final four innings and gave up a run and three hits. Austin Drury pitched two innings and struck out five. Jasiel Alvino would collect his second save of the season.

Transactions

  • Infielder Angelo Mora assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa
  • Oklahoma City placed right-handed pitcher Joe Broussard on the 7-day injured list
  • Infielder Sam McWilliams assigned to Tulsa from AZL Dodgers
  • Great Lakes activated right-handed pitcher Jose Chacin from the temporarily inactive list

Friday scores

Oklahoma City 6, Memphis 2

Tulsa 6, Arkansas 5

Inland Empire 6, Rancho Cucamonga 2

Great Lakes 9, Fort Wayne 6

Saturday schedule

3:30 pm PDT: Tulsa (Ben Holmes) at Arkansas (Nabil Crismatt)

4:05 pm: Great Lakes (John Rooney) at Fort Wayne (Ryan Weathers)

4:35 pm: Oklahoma City (Mitchell White) at Memphis (Daniel Ponce de Leon)

7:05 pm: Rancho Cucamonga (Leo Crawford) vs. Inland Empire (TBD)