To finish out the weekend, the Dodgers minor league affiliates ended with a 2-2 day. Sunday featured some heartbreaking losses along with some fun wins.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The OKC Dodgers lost their fifth game in a row with a 5-4 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies on Sunday. The Dodgers led the game for nearly the entire game, but the Grizzlies came back from a 4-3 deficit with two runs in the ninth inning.
Right-handed pitcher J.T. Chargois was credited with the loss and his second blown save of the season. In his one inning pitched, Chargois allowed two earned runs from two hits and a walk. The Grizzlies really put some pressure on him, making the most out of all their at-bats. Chargois is now 1-2 this year, but the loss had little effect on his ERA, with it at a solid 2.25.
Errol Robinson and Zach Reks each hit home runs for the Dodgers for their second and sixth of the year, respectively. Overall, the team was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners stranded.
Tulsa’s seven-run inning was impressive, but Arkansas’ eight-run inning was enough to defeat the Drillers in the second inning.
Right-handed pitcher Edwin Uceta had a rough outing, allowing seven runs to score before recording an out in the second inning. He wouldn’t get this out, as he was replaced after giving up his seventh run. Reliever Andre Scrubb allowed a home run and two more base hits before getting out of the inning.
This is unlike Uceta, who hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his previous 11 starts this season. However, this was only his second start in Double-A this season after being called up from Rancho Cucamonga.
The Drillers’ sixth inning rally saw eight-straight batters safely reach base and seven total runs score.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes were able to pick up their third straight win against the Inland Empire 66ers on Sunday.
The 66ers got the scoring started in the afternoon, getting ahead to an early 2-0 lead. The Quakes quickly responded by scoring three of their own to get ahead. They would keep this lead for the remainder of the game.
Having himself a great night was DH Drew Avans. He went 1-for-3 with two runs batted in (including a sac bunt). Also, Matt Beaty, who is in Class-A on a rehab assignment, contributed an RBI with a base hit following Avans’ double in the second inning.
Josiah Gray, who has been pitching well in his month with Rancho Cucamonga, tossed five innings with one run allowed (three earned). In his outing, he also struck out a whopping nine batters.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons and Cubs wrapped up play in the seventh inning because of rain. The rain didn’t stop the Loons, however, from scoring 10 runs and serving a shutout.
Left-handed pitcher Robinson Ortiz had a stellar afternoon on the mound, throwing five innings and only allowing four runners on base from a hit and three walks. He earned his first win of the season. He has struggled in his three previous starts with the Loons, but this start shows the 19-year-old’s potential.
James Outman hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to earn the most RBIs on the night.
In total, the Loons had 10 hits and score 10 runs, but were 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners stranded.
- Los Angeles Dodgers sent 1B Matt Beaty on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Rancho Cucamonga 5, Inland Empire 3
4:05 p.m. PDT: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. South Bend (TBD)
5:05 p.m. PDT: Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart) vs. Fresno (Paolo Espino)
7:05 p.m. PDT: Rancho Cucamonga (Andre Jackson) at Inland Empire (TBD)