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Sam McWilliams hits two home runs for Quakes

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The 23-year-old outfielder had his best game of the season in Rancho

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Player of the day

There was a lot of offense to go around on Wednesday, but Sam McWilliams in Rancho Cucamonga had the best day. He hit two home runs, drove in four runs and also had a double, tying his season-high of 10 total bases.

On the season, the 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .298 with an on-base percentage of .385 and a slugging percentage of .497.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers were in a hole early on and unable to climb out of it, as they fell to the Springfield Cardinals 9-3. It was a rough outing for Jose Martinez, who allowed eight runs to score in his 2 23 innings of work. However, only two of them were earned with six of the runs being unearned.

James Outman drove in two of Tulsa’s three runs, as he had himself a two-hit day. One of those hits was a solo homer in the first inning.

High-A Great Lakes

The Loons lost a thriller to the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres), as they fell in extras, 12-11. The game was tied at eight a piece when it went into extra innings. Neither team scored, as the game entered the 11th inning. Fort Wayne scored four runs, giving them a commanding lead. However, GL responded right back.

The first three batters reached base and the Loons cut the deficit to only two runs. They had the tying runner on second base and the game-winning run at the plate. After two strikeouts, a walk loaded the bases. A wild pitch brought in a run, making it a 12-11 score. Leonel Valera grounded out with the bases loaded, sending the Loons home with the tough loss.

Multiple players had a great game for the Loons. Andy Pages reached five times as he had three hits and two walks. Eddys Leonard had two hits, scored two runs and drove in two runs. Brandon Lewis hit his 19th home run with the Loons and his 29th overall on the season. In 51 games for Great Lakes, Lewis has driven in 48 runs.

Lael Lockhart pitched again for the Loons. LA’s ninth round pick in July’s draft went 1 13 innings, allowing one run off a home run with a strikeout.

Low-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes put this one away early thanks to a five-run inning, as they defeated the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) 8-1. A double from Sam McWilliams gave RC a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Then with two runners on base, Ismael Alcantara hit his 10th homer of the season to give the Quakes a 5-0 lead.

McWilliams continued his hot day at the plate, as he hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and then another solo home run in the seventh inning. He now has 11 home runs on the season and it was his second multi-homer game of the year as well. McWilliams has put up a pretty solid season for Rancho, as he’s hitting .298 with an OPS of .882.

Nick Nastrini started the game for the Quakes and tossed two scoreless innings. Nastrini was LA’s fourth round pick this year from UCLA. He struck out four and allowed one hit. So far in 6 23 innings in Rancho and the Arizona league, Nastrini has struck out 16. Small sample size, but damn that’s impressive.

Emmet Sheehan followed with three innings, striking out four and allowing zero runs. He was selected in the sixth round out of Boston College. In eight innings so far with Rancho and the Arizona League, he has 16 strikeouts.

Ryan Sublette appeared in his second game for the Quakes. The 22-year-old righty was LA’s seventh round pick from Texas Tech in July. He tossed a scoreless inning.

Transactions

  • Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RF Zach McKinstry from Oklahoma City Dodgers.
  • LHP Andrew Vasquez assigned to Oklahoma City Dodgers.
  • RHP Carlos Duran assigned to Great Lakes Loons from Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Wednesday scores

Thursday schedule

  • 4:05 p.m. PT: Fort Wayne (Gabe Mosser) at Great Lakes (TBA)
  • 5:05 p.m. PT: Albuquerque (TBA) at Oklahoma City (Andre Jackson)
  • 5:05 p.m. PT: Springfield (TBA) at Tulsa (Clayton Beeter)
  • 6:30 p.m. PT: Lake Elsinore (TBA) at Rancho Cucamonga (TBA)