Player of the day
The Dodgers can desperately use another arm. Luckily for them, they’ll be getting one soon. Corey Knebel tossed a scoreless inning for OKC on Friday night. He struck out the side, needing only 11 pitches to do so.
He’s now tossed 5 1⁄3 innings for the AAA club and has struck out 10. The plan is for him to pitch again on Saturday.
Rehab update from Albuquerque:— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) August 7, 2021
Corey Knebel just struck out the side on 11 pitches. All 3 swinging strikeouts on high 90s fastballs.
To my understanding, tonight’s game is the first of a scheduled back-to-back for Knebel.#Dodgers
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers couldn’t get anything going at the plate, as they fell to the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies) 3-2. For the game, OKC had only five hits. They had plenty of chances to try and add on more, but just simply couldn’t. They were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight runners on base.
Corey Knebel tossed a scoreless inning of relief for OKC. He struck out the side on 11 pitches, throwing nine strikes.
Knebel has looked great during his rehab assignment. He’s thrown 5 1⁄3 innings and has allowed one run. He has 10 strikeouts and only one walk. With the Dodgers’ pitching taking hit after hit in the injury department, adding Knebel back soon will be a welcoming sight.
Solid outing for Corey Knebel tonight for OKC— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) August 7, 2021
1 IP, 0 H, 3 K (11 pitches, 9 strikes) pic.twitter.com/8jbJ9SgNeA
The Drillers had a thrilling come-from-behind victory, scoring three runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Springfield Cardinals, 6-5.
Miguel Vargas and Justin Yurchak each singled to lead off the inning. After an out, Ryan Noda crushed his 19th homer of the season to put Tulsa up 6-5. Noda, who came over from the Blue Jays in the Ross Stripling trade, continues to impress this season. He has an OPS of .850 and has 19 homers with 47 runs driven in.
Ryan Noda's 19th homer of the season was clutch - Tulsa was down 2 in the top of the 9th, and Noda's 3 run oppo ended up being the game winner for the Drillers! pic.twitter.com/AZ7p4BKY9r— Josh Thomas (@jokeylocomotive) August 7, 2021
High-A Great Lakes
The Loons overcame a five-run deficit, but fell in extras to the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres) 8-7. After trailing 5-0 at the end of the first inning, the Loons chipped their way back into the game, and eventually took a 7-5 lead in the fifth inning. Brandon Lewis recorded three hits and drove in two runs and Jonny Deluca had two hits while driving in three runs.
The TinCaps scored a run in the top of the 10th to take the lead, but GL had a prime chance in the bottom half of the inning. They had runners on first and second with one out. Ryan January struck out swinging and Andy Pages flew out to end the game.
Low-A Rancho Cucamonga
It was a high-scoring affair in Rancho on Friday night, as they scored 13 runs on 15 hits in their win over the Lake Elsinore Storm. (Padres)
With the exception of one hitter, everyone in the starting lineup had a hit. Five different players had two hits and two players had three hits. In addition, seven players drove in a run and five players drove in at least two.
Funny enough, although the Quakes managed to score 13 runs, they could have had a whole lot more. They were only 6-for-16 with runners in scoring position and they stranded 11 runners on base. There’s a solid chance they could have reached 20.
It was a rough outing for Carlos Duran, as he allowed five runs to score in four innings of action. He had five strikeouts, but he allowed six hits.
- Albuquerque 3, Oklahoma City 2
- Tulsa 6, Springfield 5
- Fort Wayne 8, Great Lakes 7
- Rancho Cucamonga 13, Lake Elsinore 7
- 4:05 p.m. PT: Tulsa (Gus Varland) at Springfield (Kevin McGovern)
- 4:05 p.m. PT: Fort Wayne (Danny Denz) at Great Lakes (Alec Gamboa)
- 5:35 p.m. PT: Oklahoma City (Austin Bibens-Dirx) at Albuquerque (Frank Duncan)
- 6:30 p.m. PT: Lake Elsinore (TBA) at Rancho Cucamonga (TBA)