Uniforms of the day
The Drillers became the Tulsa ‘Noodlers’ yesterday, and they gave us some fantastic uniforms. If you want more information on why they were wearing these uniforms you can read about it here.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
While the big-league Dodgers struggled offensively on Thursday, the OKC Dodgers’ bats were scorching hot. They scored 11 runs in their victory over the Round Rock Express (Rangers).
It was two big innings for OKC, as they scored five runs in the third inning and four runs in the sixth inning. Matt Davidson hit a bases clearing double in the third inning, putting OKC up 4-1. Davidson continues to stay hot in AAA, as he now has a combined 32 home runs and doubles. Omar Estevez then singled in two runs to put OKC up by five.
Zach Reks drove in two runs and also hit his 14th homer of the season. Although Reks struggled at the big-league level, he has been fantastic all year for OKC as he owns an OPS above 1.000.
Meanwhile, Yefry Ramirez tossed five scoreless innings for OKC. Remember Ramirez? The player who didn’t have any options left, but somehow was sent back to OKC last week? Well after being DFA’d by the Dodgers he made his first appearance back with the club.
Speaking of scorching bats, they were hot in Tulsa as well, as the Drillers defeated the Wind Surge 11-6 (Twins). The Drillers were held scoreless through the first three innings and the final two innings. Luckily, they scored 11 runs between innings 4-6.
Ryan Noda hit a two-run homer in the fourth to bring Tulsa to within one run. For Noda, it was his 21st home run of the season. Noda, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the Ross Stripling trade, is one of the top power hitters in LA’s farm system this season. James Outman singled in a run and then Miguel Vargas doubled in two runs, giving Tulsa a 6-3 lead.
Romer Cuadrado hit a two-run homer in the sixth, his 10th of the season. Shortly after, Justin Yurchak hit his second homer with the Drillers and seventh overall of the season. I know we talk about Yurchak a lot, but what he’s doing this season is insane. Through his first 10 games with Tulsa, he’s hitting .425 with an OPS of 1.127. In 72 games this season between Tulsa and Great Lakes, he’s hitting .366 with an OPS of .952.
Michael Grove had yet another rough start. In 4 2⁄3 innings, he allowed four runs to score on seven hits. If you want a silver lining, he had seven strikeouts. His ERA on the season sits at 9.00 after 16 starts. In his short minor-league career, LA’s 2018 second round pick has a 7.64 ERA in 110 career innings.
High-A Great Lakes
The Loons took down the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) 5-2. Ryan Ward hit his 17th homer of the season and Carson Taylor hit his sixth.
Low-A Rancho Cucamonga
A seven-run inning and a five-run inning helped the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels) take down the Quakes, 13-3. It was a rough day for Carlos Duran, who allowed six runs to score on seven hits in only 3 2⁄3 innings of action. Just like earlier with Grove, a silver lining was that seven of his 11 recorded outs came via the strikeout.
- Marshall Kasowski assigned to Oklahoma City Dodgers from Tulsa Drillers
- 5:05 p.m. PT: Round Rock (AJ Alexy) at Oklahoma City (Nick Tropeano)
- 5:05 p.m. PT: Wichita (Austin Schulfer) at Tulsa (Gus Varland)
- 5:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBA) at Wisconsin (Nick Bennett)
- 7:05 p.m. PT: Rancho Cucamonga (TBA) at Inland Empire (Jose Salvador)