The four Dodger affiliates that played on Sunday split the four games they played. OKC and Great Lakes won handily but both Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga lost their leads in the eighth inning and would each lose their games.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers and Sounds (Rangers) were tied 1-1 after the first inning. The Dodgers would then score 12 runs over the next four innings to take a 13-2 lead and they went on to win 13-6 at Nashville on Sunday.
Dustin May made his first start for Oklahoma City and he pitched five innings and gave up two runs and five hits. May also struck out three. That effort gave him his first Triple-A win.
The Dodgers had a big day at the plate, they had 20 hits and 11 of those went for extra-bases. Gavin Lux, Zach Reks and Angelo Mora each had four hits. Lux hit his first home run with OKC and also had two doubles. Reks hit his 12th home run at OKC and also doubled.
Jon Kemmer, Jake Peter and DJ Peters also homered.
The Drillers have had one true nemesis in the 2019 season, that is the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners). The Travelers had won 20 of the 29 games they had played this season with one game left in their season series.
So of course, the Travelers scored a run in the eighth and then scored the walk-off winner to beat the Drillers 2-1 on Sunday.
Fortunately, the Drillers will have plenty of time to secure their playoff spot where they will face Arkansas again.
J.D. Martin started for the Drillers and pitched eight strong innings. Martin allowed just a run and six hits. He also struck out eight.
Jordan Sheffield took the loss as he did not allow one batted ball in the ninth. However, Sheffield walked three of the first five batters he faced. He struck out the other two. But then Sheffield walked in the winning run.
The Drillers scored their one run in the most daring way you can.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes led 9-3 going to the top of the eighth. The Quakes trailed 12-9 after the JetHawks (Rockies) scored nine runs. The JetHawks would go on to win 13-9 to split their four-game series with the Quakes.
Prior to the eighth inning, the Quakes had a pair of three-run home runs plus a solo shot that helped them take their six-run lead to the eighth inning.
Devin Mann and Marcus Chiu each hit those three-run shots. Donovan Casey hit his solo home run in the fourth inning. Casey had two other hits and drove in four runs.
The Quakes actually had two out in the eighth with the bases empty and still leading 9-6. However, then the JetHawks got a walk and a hit to put runners on first and third.
The next three hitters would get aboard from errors by Mann, pitcher Sven Schueller and Jeter Downs. Now the JetHawks trailed 9-8 and had the bases loaded.
They would all score as Todd Czinege hit a grand slam home run making the score 12-9.
The Quakes were unable to rally and they lost their second straight game.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons jumped out to an early lead and they went on to beat the TinCaps (Padres) 9-3 at Fort Wayne on Sunday. Joel Chacin pitched eight solid innings as he allowed two runs and seven hits.
Even with that effort, the day belonged to Miguel Vargas who went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a triple and a double. He scored four runs and drove in four.
Interestingly, Vargas had walked a total of 29 times in the first two months of season. That led to an OBP above .400 during that time. Vargas also had a slugging pct. just under .400 during that time.
But in June, Vargas still maintained a good OBP but increased his slugging greatly. He hit .305/.346/.526 with eight doubles, two triples and three home runs.
Advanced Rookie Ogden
The Raptors were off on Sunday
- Right-handed pitcher Yeison Cespedes assigned to Great Lakes from Ogden
- Great Lakes placed right-handed pitcher Nathan Witt on the temporarily inactive list
4:05 pm PDT: Great Lakes (TBD) at Fort Wayne (Gabe Mosser)
4:30 pm: Tulsa (TBD) at Springfield [Cardinals] (Johan Oviedo)
5:05 pm: Oklahoma City (Tony Gonsolin) at Nashville (Joe Palumbo)
6:05 pm: Ogden (Kevin Malisheski) at Orem [Angels] (TBD)
7:05 pm: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) vs. Lake Elsinore [Padres] (TBD)