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Oklahoma City’s offense continues hit parade in win over Salt Lake

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OKC had double-digit hits for the third time of the series

2021 Spring Training: Los Angeles Dodgers v. Oakland Athletics Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images

While three of the four teams in the organization came away with victories, it was Oklahoma City that continued the big offensive numbers.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Several players had multiple hits for OKC Tuesday and three of them had homers. A number of them would qualify for the player of the day honors.

Matt Davidson was 3-for-5 with his 24th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning. It was the fourth time in his last 14 games that Davidson had at least three hits since he was activated from the injured list. The big first baseman has six homers over that span.

Luke Raley hit his fourth home run in the last five games in a 2-for-5 effort Wednesday, making it eight hits in 22 at-bats in that time for the 26-year-old.

Sheldon Neuse chipped in a three-run triple in the second and Anthony Bemboom smashed a two-run home run in the fifth that chased Salt Lake (Angels) starter Ryan Smith. OKC jumped all over Smith for ten of their eleven runs in four-plus innings pitched.

The Dodgers had a 10-3 lead after five innings and were able to mostly cruise to the 11-7 victory. The Bees strung together four singles and a pair of walks to score three in the ninth, making the score look a little closer than it was.

OKC will have the night off Wednesday after taking five of six from Salt Lake. The Dodgers won five of the six games in the series in Salt Lake, marking the third time this season they’ve won five games in one series – all on the road. The Dodgers have now won seven of their last eight games and nine of their last 11 games.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers traded three-run innings late with Midland (Athletics) but held on for the 5-3 victory on the road. Up 5-0 to start the bottom of the ninth, Tulsa allowed a pair of homers and would face the tying run at the plate before finishing off the win.

An RBI-sac fly in the second and a James Outman inside-the-park homer in the third gave Tulsa an early 2-0 lead. The Drillers got their three in the top half of the eighth on a three-run double off the bat of Ryan Noda.

After a rough debut for Tulsa last week, Bobby Miller bounced back with four strikeouts in three scoreless innings. Austin Drury followed with three scoreless of his own to earn the victory.

High-A Great Lakes

The Loons gave up four runs over the final three innings as they fell to Wisconsin (Brewers) by a 6-3 score.

Down 2-0 heading into the middle section of the game, Great Lakes scored a run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 3-2 lead. The advantage was short-lived with the Timber Rattlers tying it in the seventh.

Andy Pages hit his 31st homer of the year to celebrate his player of the week award. Deacon Liput also went deep to give him 11 on the season.

Low-A Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho put two on the board in the first and three in the second to jump all over Visalia (Diamondbacks) and the offense held up in a 5-3 win.

Rawhide starter Junior Mieses continued his struggles against Rancho as the Quakes have scored five runs in each of the last three games against the right-hander.

The Quakes opened the scoring with back-to-back RBI-doubles from Sauryn Lao and Alex De Jesus in the first. Rancho used a catcher’s interference, a double, a walk, a run-scoring groundout and a wild pitch to score the three in the second. Just a little of everything happening in that inning,

A player that is hitting his way into some attention is catcher Yeiner Fernandez. The 18-year-old is 10-for-18 since his promotion to Low-A last week after mastering the Arizona Complex League.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles Dodgers optioned RHP Mitch White to Oklahoma City Dodgers.

High-A: Great Lakes placed LHP Alec Gamboa on the 7-day injured list. RHP Carlos Alejo assigned to Great Lakes from Rancho Cucamonga.

Tuesday’s scores

Oklahoma City 11, Salt Lake 7

Tulsa 5, Midland 3

Wisconsin 6, Great Lakes 3

Rancho Cucamonga 5, Visalia 3

Wednesday’s schedule

  • 4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Logan Boyer) vs. Wisconsin (Brandon Knarr)
  • 4:30 p.m.: Tulsa (Clayton Beeter) at Midland (TBD)
  • 6:30 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Jimmy Lewis) vs. Visalia (Joe Elbis)