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Carson Taylor and Ryan Ward each hit two homers for Great Lakes

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A pair of players on the Loons each had two home runs in the Loons’ blowout win

Midland Daily News

Player(s) of the day

The honor will be split, as both Ryan Ward and Carson Taylor of the Loons had fantastic games. They each had multi-homer games in the Loons’ 10-run victory.

Ward hit two homers, giving him 14 on the season which is the second most on the team. Taylor’s two homers gave him only five on the season. For the game, Taylor had three hits and drove in three runs.

Taylor (.847 OPS, 2020 4th rounder) and Ward (.911 OPS, 2019 8th rounder) continue to have great seasons in Great Lakes.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game, but two runs late from the Sugar Land Skeeters (Astros) gave them the 6-4 victory.

Trailing by four runs, the Dodgers began chipping away. They scored a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to only two runs. Yoshi Tsutsugo then crushed a two-run home run in the sixth inning to tie the game at four. He has now reached base safely in 12 straight games with five homers during the stretch.

Matt Davidson also continued his hot stretch of hitting, as he recorded three hits.

Unfortunately, a run in the seventh and a run in the eighth from the Skeeters gave them the victory.

Double-A Tulsa

It was a quiet night from the bats and not a great night from the pitching as the Drillers fell to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals) 7-2. For the game, the Drillers were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded five runners on base.

Gerardo Carrillo went 3 23 innings while allowing four runs to score on six hits. He also had six strikeouts.

High-A Great Lakes

It was a blowout in Lake County, as the Loons defeated the Captains (Indians), 11-1. Ryan Ward led the game off with a home run, his 13th of the season. The former eighth round pick in 2019 is hitting just under .300 this year with an OPS of .911.

Carson Taylor hit his fourth homer of the season in the second inning, his second in as many games. Taylor stayed hot, as he hit another home run in the fifth inning for his first multi-homer game of the season. After the Loons loaded the bases, Andy Pages crushed a grand slam for his 18th home run of the season.

Speaking of multi-homer games, Ward got in on the fun as he hit his second of the night in the eighth inning.

The pitching for the Loons was great across the board. It started with Landon Knack, LA’s second round pick from 2020. He tossed four scoreless innings while striking out a season-high eight batters. Knack also didn’t issue a walk. Over his last five games, Knack has posted a 1.59 ERA with 34 strikeouts and only three walks.

Low-A Rancho Cucamonga

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Quakes’ offense was on fire last night. They scored 11 runs on 12 hits as they defeated the Visalia Rawhide (D-Backs) 11-4.

The offense began the scoring right away as they scored four runs in the first inning. Imanol Vargas singled in a run and Edwin Mateo singled in two runs. Alex De Jesus hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his 10th of the season.

Josh Ramos homered in the seventh inning, his second homer as a member of the Quakes. This is a name to keep an eye on in the Dodgers’ system. The 20-year-old was signed by the Dodgers in 2018. In 18 games this year between the Quakes and the Arizona Baseball League, Ramos is hitting .382 with an OPS of 1.131 with five home runs and 19 RBI.

Speaking of youth, 19-year-old Carlos Duran was great for the Quakes. In three innings, the starter struck out seven and allowed one run. Since May 15, he has a 3.17 ERA and has 75 strikeouts in 48 innings of work.

Transactions

  • Dodgers recalled outfielder Luke Raley from Oklahoma City
  • Dodgers recalled pitcher Mitch White from Oklahoma City
  • Dodgers optioned pitcher Darien Nunez to Oklahoma City
  • Tulsa Drillers sent pitcher Marshall Kasowski on a rehab assignment to ACL Dodgers

Saturday scores

Sunday schedule

10:30 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBA) at Lake County (Mason Hickman)

11:05 a.m. PT: Northwest Arkansas (TBA) at Tulsa (Michael Grove)

1:00 p.m. PT: Rancho Cucamonga (TBA) at Visalia (TBA)

4:05 p.m. PT: Sugar Land (Peter Solomon) at Oklahoma City (Markus Solbach)