There was plenty of offense to go around Thursday in the Dodgers minors and the organization was an extra-inning collapse — shocker — away from a clean three-game sweep.
Player of the day
Landon Knack was brilliant in his Tulsa debut, continuing the scoreless streak he started with Great Lakes. The right-hander went five clean frames Thursday, striking out six, with only a walk and a hit allowed.
Knack has gone 16 straight innings without allowing a run, going back to July 16 with High-A. Going back further, the 24-year-old has only allowed four runs in the past 32 2⁄3 innings since June 30.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Down 6-1 heading into the seventh inning on the road in Albuquerque (Rockies), Oklahoma City scored three in the seventh and two in the eighth to force extra innings. The Dodgers took the lead for the first time in the game with a run in the 10th, only to surrender two runs in the bottom of the frame for a 8-7 loss to the Isotopes.
Reliever Kevin Quackenbush allowed both runs in the 10th for the first appearance all season in which the opponent managed multiple runs on the burly right-hander. To his credit, three of the six runs scored (only two earned) on Quackenbush in 2021 have come by way of the ghost runner on second to start extra innings.
Matt Davidson went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .278 and his OPS to .954 on the year.
Hamlet Marte also pitched in three hits, going 3-for-4 and finishing a single shy of the cycle. His three hits set a season high and was the first game of his career with three extra-base hits. Marte tripled in the fifth inning, doubled in the seventh and homered in the eighth. He became the fifth OKC player this season with three or more extra-base hits in a game.
Yoshi Tsutsugo finished 2-for-5 with two RBI, including a go-ahead RBI double in the 10th inning. Tsutsugo has now reached base safely in 19 of his last 21 games, batting .338 (24-for-71) with six homers, six doubles, 20 RBI and 20 runs scored. Over his last six games, Tsutsugo has nine hits, including a homer, five doubles, four multi-hit games, eight RBI, seven runs scored and four walks.
The offense got going early before Knack even had time to take the mound, scoring a five spot in the first inning. That would be all the Drillers would need but they would tack on five more on their way to a 10-0 route over Springfield (Cardinals).
Justin Yurchak had another big day for Tulsa, going 3/5 with a double, and he hit his 1st AA homer as well. The homer came on a 3-2 count, and I'm a bit stuck on how he was able to go yard on this kind situation-appropriate swing, which he employed despite the score. Impressive. pic.twitter.com/7DuIOce9Eb— Josh Thomas (@jokeylocomotive) August 6, 2021
Justin Yurchak had three hits for the second consecutive night, including his first homer with Tulsa. Three others went deep for the Drillers, including James Outman, Stevie Berman and Miguel Vargas.
High-A Great Lakes
Clayton Beeter continued his string of success with his second consecutive scoreless start of three innings in a 5-1 Loons’ victory. The right-hander has only allowed one run (unearned) in his last four starts for Great Lakes. Beeter also flashed a little leather in the third inning to keep Fort Wayne (Padres) off the scoreboard.
Jonny Deluca hit his 20th homer overall and fifth of the season Since joining Great Lakes in late July. The 23-year-old outfielder is 12-for-43 (.279) since the promotion, with four multi-hit efforts.
Low-A Rancho Cucamonga
Tonight’s game has been postponed to allow for additional testing and contact tracing of members of the San Diego Padres organization. We are adhering to Minor League Baseball’s health and safety protocols and will practice caution as we follow the guidance of experts. (cont)— Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (@RCQuakes) August 6, 2021
Triple-A: Bobby Wahl was activated from the 7-day injured list.
High-A: Jeff Belge was activated from the Development List.
Bobby Miller was placed on the 7-day injured list.
Jacob Cantleberry was placed on the 7-day injured list.
Braidyn Fink was placed on the 7-day injured list.
Jose Rodulfo was assigned to Great Lakes from ACL Dodgers.
Jose Hernandez was assigned to Great Lakes from Rancho Cucamonga.
Low-A: Reinaldo De Paula was assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from ACL Dodgers
- Albuquerque 8, Oklahoma City 7
- Tulsa 10, Springfield 0
- Great Lakes 5, Fort Wayne 1
- Rancho Cucamonga vs Lake Elsinore (ppd Covid)
- 4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Jesus Vargas) vs. Fort Wayne (Carlos Guarate)
- 5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Michael Grove) at Springfield (Jack Flaherty)
- 5:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Markus Solbach) at Albuquerque (Dereck Rodriguez)
- 6:30 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Gavin Stone) vs. Lake Elsinore (Nick Thwaits)