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Ryan Ward drives in six runs in first two innings

He hit two three-run homers

Midland Daily News

Ryan Ward had himself a day, as he hit two separate three-run homers for the Loons.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

It was a back-and-forth game, but the Dodgers came out victorious with a 8-7 victory. As a team, they recorded 12 hits and five players had at least two hits. Seven different players drove in a run as well.

The difference turned out to be in the sixth inning, as OKC scored what turned out to be the game-winning runs. Drew Avans hit a solo home run with one out. Keibert Ruiz doubled and Yoshi Tsutsugo brought in a run with a sacrifice fly. Sheldon Neuse also added an RBI single. The Dodgers ended up winning by one run, so luckily the offense in the sixth was just enough.

Brusdar Graterol threw 23 of an inning, striking out two hitters.

Double-A Tulsa

The offense went quiet for Tulsa, as they finished with only three hits in their 2-0 loss to the Travelers. They were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded six runners on base.

It was a rough outing for Ryan Pepiot, as he struggled to find the zone. He walked five in 2 23 innings of work. Pepiot did have four strikeouts and allowed only one run, but the walks were a big problem for him.

High-A Great Lakes

The Loons scored nine runs, but six came off the bat of Ryan Ward as they defeated the Lugnuts, 9-3. Ward had himself his best game of the season, as he drove in six runs, a season-high for him.

He hit a three-run homer in the first inning to put the Loons up 3-0. He then hit another three-run home run an inning later to put GL up 7-1. Sadly, he wouldn’t have any more RBI the rest of the game, but I think he’ll be content with six.

Landon Knack threw 3 13 innings and allowed one run. He struck out two and didn’t issue a walk. Austin Drury followed with 1 23 innings of scoreless ball.

Low-A Rancho Cucamonga

A late-inning rally helped the Quakes take down the Rawhide, 3-2. Entering the bottom of the eighth, the game was tied at two. Ismael Alcantara singled and then come in to score on a double from Eddys Leonard, putting RC up a run.

Diego Cartaya finished with two hits and an RBI and is now hitting .351 on the season.

Kendall Williams got the start and delivered one of his best outings for the Quakes on the season. He went four innings and allowed only one run. He struck out four and issued only one walk. Braydon Fisher also was solid, as he gave four innings out of the bullpen to close the game. He allowed only two hits and had seven strikeouts with no walks.

Friday scores

Dodgers 8 | Express 7

Travelers 2 | Drillers 0

Loons 9 | Lugnuts 3

Quakes 3 | Rawhide 2

Saturday schedule

3:30 p.m. PT: Drillers (Gerardo Carrillo) at Travelers (Devin Sweet)

4:05 p.m. PT: Loons (Clayton Beeter) at Lugnuts (Colin Peluse)

5:05 p.m. PT: Dodgers (Edwin Uceta) at Express (Drew Anderson)

6:30 p.m. PT: Rawhide at Quakes (TBA)