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RC Quakes fell late behind great start by John Rooney

Dodgers Saturday minor league report

John Rooney // Steve Saenz - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Steve Saenz - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

It was a rough day in the Dodgers minor league system, as the teams went 3-1 in full season leagues and 2-1 in short season games, but two short season games were suspended.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers lost their third straight game in a 10-5 loss to the Las Vegas Aviators on Saturday.

The Aviators were extremely productive with their hitting, doing as much damage as possible with their combined 11 hits and nine walks. Rob Zastryzny, starting pitcher who was recalled from the Drillers the same afternoon, earned his fourth loss of the season by giving up eight of the ten Las Vegas runs. His ERA rose to an unsettling 6.64 after allowing seven hits (including two home runs), and five walks in the start.

Austin Barnes has come to life after taking a few games to get adjusted life in Triple-A. He hit a home run for his second-straight game to contribute to the Dodgers offense. Edwin Rios also had a big game, driving in a pair of runs via a home run and a sacrifice fly.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers were shutout to start the weekend, falling 8-0 to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

They did minimal damage against the Naturals starting pitcher, Jackson Kowar, who held the Drillers to four hits, zero walks and dealt six strikeouts. On the other side of pitching, Justin De Fratus took his eighth loss of the year in his six inning appearance for the Drillers. He allowed five runs on seven hits and no walks.

Jedd Gyorko started his rehab assignment with the Drillers, going 1-for-2 after starting at third base.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes lost 2-1 to Visalia on Saturday after possessing a 1-0 lead for a majority of the game. With two on and two outs in the seventh inning, Max Gamboa allowed a bases clearing double that ultimately won the game for the Rawhide.

This came after John Rooney pitched five scoreless innings, holding his opponents to three hits and a walk. He struck out a season-high eight batters.

Miguel Vargas recorded the only RBI for the Quakes on the night with a double that scored Brayan Morales in the first inning.

Class-A Great Lakes

A pair of five run innings carried the Loons to a 11-6 victory over the South Bend Cubs. It was a nice change of pace after dropping two straight games to Fort Wayne.

Kody Hoese continued tearing things up, hitting two extra base hits with four RBIs on Saturday. Romer Cuadrado and James Outman also had a pair of hits each, with three and two RBIs on the night, respectively.

Robinson Ortiz had a rough night on paper, but luckily the Loons offense bailed him from earning his sixth loss of the year. He pitched 3 23 innings and allowed six earned runs from seven hits and a season-high six walks. Mark Washington earned a loss for his 2 13 scoreless inning outing.

Advanced Rookie Ogden

The Raptors avoided a shutout on Saturday, scoring late in a 5-1 loss to the Rocky Mountain Vibes.

Left-handed pitcher Nelfri Contreras earned a loss in the start, as he allowed three runs from six hits. It was the first time he started a game in his professional career.

The only run the Raptors scored came because Jon Littell was caught stealing at second base, which made room for Sauryn Lao, who was at third base, to score.


  • RHP Luis Vasquez assigned to Tulsa Drillers from Oklahoma City Dodgers
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny assigned to Oklahoma City Dodgers from Tulsa Drillers
  • 2B Zach McKinstry assigned to Oklahoma City Dodgers from Tulsa Drillers
  • Tulsa Drillers activated 1B Chris Parmelee from the 7-day injured list
  • RHP Edward Cuello assigned to Great Lakes Loons from Ogden Raptors
  • RHP Yeison Cespedes assigned to Ogden Raptors from Great Lakes Loons

Saturday scores

Las Vegas 10, Oklahoma City 5

NW Arkansas 8, Tulsa 0

Visalia 2, Rancho Cucamonga 1

Great Lakes 11, South Bend 6

Rocky Mountain 5, Ogden 1

AZL Dodgers Lasorda 2, AZL Giants Black 1

DSL Dodgers Bautista 6, DSL Astros 3

Sunday schedule

11:05 a.m. PDT: Great Lakes (Ryan Pepoit) at South Bend (Riley Thompson)

12:30 p.m.: Ogden (Jeronimo Castro) at Rocky Mountains (Michele Vassalotti)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Josiah Gray) vs. NW Arkansas (Brady Singer)

6:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Andre Jackson) at Visalia (Jeff Bain)

7:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (TBD) at Las Vegas (Daniel Mengden)