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05-20-2022 MiLB Summary

OKC Dodgers 2 vs Sugar Land Cowboys (Astros) 6 

The Dodgers struck first in the 1st, but the Cowboys finished the game. 

On the Mound

Andre Jackson continued to struggle.  Staked with a 2-0 lead, the first 4 batters for the Cowboys reached 1st safely with 2 walks and 2 singles.  The second single scored two runs.  A Jackson balk scored the 3rd against OKC in the 1st.

Jackson took control of the second and third inning. He allowed only one base runner (on a fielding error) and registered 4 Ks.

Caleb Ferguson entered the 4th.  He struck out the first two batters, but walked the 3rd batter, and he was relieved by Beau Burrows who got out of the 4th.  Burrows navigated the 5th and 6th innings without allowing a run, but immediately ran into trouble in the 7th. 

A single, walk, and HBP loaded the bases.  After a strikeout, Burrows walked in a run.  With the bases remaining loaded, Justin Hagenman came into the squelch the inning.  After a pop out, he allowed a 2-run single.  He got through the 8th without any further damage.


At the Plate

With one out, Miguel Vargas and Jake Lamb walked.  After the 2nd out, Michael Busch reached 1st on a fielding error with Vargas scoring.  Eddy Alvarez singled home the second unearned run.

OKC only had 3 hits, singles by Eddy Alvarez and Ryan Noda, and a double by Michael Busch.


Player of the Game

There was no player truly worthy of Player of the Game, but Michael Busch had the only XBH with his 2nd double in his 4th AAA game.


Box Score



Tulsa Drillers 3 vs Amarillo Sod Poodles (Arizona) 0 

On the Mound

This was a HUGE game for starting Pitcher Landon Knack (Pictured).  He completed 5.0 scoreless IP. He allowed 3 hits, but did not walk a batter while striking out 9.  Knack threw 71 pitches/53 strikes.

Four Driller pitchers followed throwing 1.0 scoreless inning: Nick Robertson, Jose Adames, Mark Washington, and Guillermo Zuniga, with Zuniga earning his 5th save.

This was a five pitcher combined shutout in the Texas League, against a good offensive team.


At the Plate

In the 3rd, James Outman doubled and scored on a Ryan Ward single.  In the 5th, Jeren Kendall hit is first HR of 2022 for a 2-0 lead.  In the 6th, the Drillers got their third and final run with a Carson Taylor BB who scored on a Kody Hoese triple (2).


Player of the Game

Landon Knack was a star tonight.


Box Score


Lansing Lugnuts (A’s) 2 vs Great Lakes Loons 6 

On the Mound

Kendall Williams was the Loons starting pitcher.  He got behind early when the 2nd hitter of the game, Brayan Buelvas hit a HR (4).

In the second inning, a leadoff single and a one out double gave the Lugnuts a 2-0 lead.

Kendall got through the 3rd and 4th without allowing any runs.  In the 5th, He loaded the bases with a single and 2 walks, and with 2 outs was lifted for Robbie Peto.

Peto would pitch 3 more scoreless innings allowing a single and issuing 2 BBs.  He allowed only one baserunner for any or the 3 innings.

Cole Duensing entered in the 9th to close out the game.  He did give up a single, but that was all.  The Lugnuts scored once in the first two innings, but nothing else for the rest of the game.


At the Plate

Down 2-0 in the 4th, Leonel Valera leadoff and was HBP.  Ryan January followed and slugged a 2-run game tying HR (3).  One out later Imanol Vargas broke the tie with his 2nd HR.

The Loons maintained the 3-2 lead into the 8th.  In the 8th, Ryan January doubled to open the 2nd inning.  He moved to 3rd on an Ismael Alcantara single.  A one out BB to Edwin Mateo loaded the bases. One out later, Eddys Leonard walked to force in a run.  Jorbit Vivas continuing to stay hot, hit a 2-run single to close out scoring.


Player of the Game

It would not be a surprise for me to select Robbie Peto, but I am going with the 24-year-old catcher, Ryan January, who homered, doubled, scored 2 runs, and hit in a pair of ribbies.


Box Score


Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7 vs Fresno Grizzlies (Colorado) 2

On the Mound

Ben Casparius started and completed 5.0 IP.  The Grizzlies scored the first run in the third with a pair of doubles off of Casparius.

Thanks to a strike three wild pitch, and a second wild pitch, the Grizzlies scored their second run on a ground out.

Ronan Kopp pitched 2 scoreless innings, and while striking out 6 batters in those 2 innings, he did walk 2 and allow a hit.

Madison Jeffrey pitched a perfect 9th.


At the Plate

Down 1-0, Yeiner Fernandez walked and moved to 3rd on a Alex De Jesus doubled.  With one out, Gaige Howard singled in one run.  Yunior Garcia walked to load the bases.  Julio Carrion hit a sac fly for run number 2.  The third run of the inning was a result of a Luis Yanel Diaz single.

In the 5th, Alex De Jesus doubled and scored ahead of a Luis Rodriguez HR (3).

The Quakes scored 2 insurance runs in the 9th with doubles by Jake Vogel and Yeiner Fernandez, and a run scoring single by Alex De Jesus.

Alex De Jesus and Luis Rodriguez each had 3 hits.  De Jesus reached base a 4th time with a BB.


Player of the Game

I can see merit in both Alex De Jesus and Luis Rodriguez being named, but with the HR and 2 RBIs, Rodriguez gets the nod.


Box Score








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Singing the Blue

This Josh Thomas tweet bears repeating right here:

“Ronan Kopp picked up another 6 Ks in his 2.0 scoreless for Rancho Cucamonga (including 4 Ks in his first inning). For the season, he has 39 Ks in 18.0 innings, a whopping 19.5 K/9 that currently leads all of minor league baseball (min 10 innings – that’s #1 out of 1,742 pitchers)”

If you’re first among 1742, no matter what the measuring stick is, you have a lot to be proud about. Mr. Kopp may soon be getting a Loons uni.

Last edited 2 years ago by Singing the Blue
Singing the Blue

Good ol’ Kasowski, “The Big K”, as I used to refer to him. I remember when we were following Kasowski and Zach Pop as up and coming relievers in the Dodger system, before Pop was sent to Baltimore in the Machado deal. I was convinced that one or both of those guys were going to have good MLB careers in the bullpen. So far, they have not proven me correct.


Casparius is interesting. He’s a bit old for his designation, no?

Kopp is silly.

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