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Minor league teams combine for 3 grand slams on Saturday

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Dodgers minor league report for Saturday, July 20

Jeter Downs hits a grand slam on July 20, 2019.
Steve Saenz

Three of four full-season affiliates came out with victories on Saturday while the short-season teams went 3-for-5.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers made a huge comeback against the San Antonio Missions. Though they came close to dropping the lead in the 9th inning, they hung on two win 9-8.

Right handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin surrendered four earned runs off of four hits in 2 13 innings pitched. After being pulled, the Dodgers rallied for a 7-run inning to put them ahead 7-4. Seven batters successfully reached base and all seven scored with huge power hits from Connor Joe, Kyle Garlick and Jake Peter.

Peter — not to be confused with DJ Peters — had a great night, contributing to the offense in a huge way. First, he hit a grand slam in the monster inning and later he added an insurance run that was very much needed.

Mitchell White pitched four relief innings and Kevin Quackenbush tossed one. They each gave up two runs, which proved to be almost enough for the Missions to tie the game. Luckily for OKC, Quackenbush got out of the ninth inning before anything else happened.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers shut out the RockHounds 3-0 with the help of Parker Curry on the mound and Omar Estevez at the plate.

Estevez was credited with driving in two of three runs on the night. He is having a slow comeback after hitting the 7-day injured list in late June, but his Saturday performance shows signs of a positive change.

Parker Curry pitched 5 13 innings following an opener, limiting the RockHounds to two hits and two walks while striking out an impressive nine batters. Curry earned his third win of the year and lowered his ERA from 3.28 to 2.98.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes defeated the Stockton Ports by a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Or, 8 runs, for those non-football fans.

Leo Crawford really anchored the victory as he provided the Quakes with five scoresless innings. He also lowered his season ERA below the 3.00 threshold, flaunting 2.91 at least until his next start.

Jeter Downs hit his 15th home run of the season and his second grand slam of the year.

Overall, the Quakes were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left four base runners stranded. Despite this, they cruised past the Ports for the first win of the three-game series.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons dropped their third straight game as they fell to the Burlington Bees, 7-3.

Right handed starter Stephen Kolek earned the loss after pitching 6 23 innings and allowing six runs to score — most runs he’s allowed all season. His record now falls to 6-6 with the Loons this year and his ERA bumped up to 4.98 after nearly 20 appearances.

Arguably the most newsworthy part of this game was Kody Hoese and Michael Busch’s debut with the Loons. They were both recalled from the Ogden Raptors the same day they made the Great Lakes starting lineup. Hoese went 0-for-5, but he did commit a productive RBI groundout. Busch went 1-for-3 with two walks and scored a run.

Advanced Rookie Ogden

The Raptors continued their Rocky Mountain domination with a 8-3 win over the Vibes. Saturday’s win also marked their 12th straight win, which is a new franchise record.

Brandon Lewis stepped up to the plate in the third inning with the bases loaded (via three walks) and took advantage of the situation with a grand slam.

Elio Serrano pitched 4 13 innings and allowed one run to score from three hits and one walk while delivering eight strikeouts.

Transactions

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers placed C Ben Moore on the 7-day injured list retroactive to July 19
  • Oklahoma City Dodgers activated C Rocky Gale from the 7-day injured list
  • Los Angeles Dodgers sent LHP Zac Rosscup outright to Oklahoma City Dodgers
  • 3B Kody Hoese assigned to Great Lakes Loons from AZL Dodgers Mota
  • 2B Michael Busch assigned to Great Lakes Loons from AZL Dodgers Lasorda
  • Great Lakes Loons sent RHP Drew Finley on a rehab assignment to Ogden Raptors

Saturday scores

Oklahoma City 9, San Antonio 8

Tulsa 3, Midland 0

Rancho Cucamonga 9, Stockton 1

Burlington 7, Great Lakes 3

Ogden 8, Rocky Mountain 3

AZL Giants Orange 2, AZL Dodgers Lasorda 1

AZL Dodgers Mota 4, AZL Mariners 2

DSL Red Sox One 3, DSL Dodgers Bautista 0

DSL Dodgers Shoemaker 3, DSL Rangers Two 1

Sunday schedule

11:05 a.m. PDT: Great Lakes (Jose Martinez) vs. Burlington (TBD)

3:00 pm.: Ogden (Alfredo Tavarez) vs. Rocky Mountain (TBD)

4:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Dennis Santana) vs. San Antonio (TBD)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Rob Zastryzny) vs. Midland (Kyle Friedrichs)

6:10 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Michael Grove) at Stockton (TBD)