Kahnle and Duffy continue their rehab mission with Oklahoma City

A pair of relievers continued their progression toward possibly giving the Dodgers options in the bullpen later this month and possibly in the playoffs. Tommy Kahnle and Danny Duffy each pitched an inning for Oklahoma City on Saturday.

Kahnle faced four batters in the sixth inning, striking out one and inducing two groundouts that had a solo home run in between. The right-hander has allowed points in two of four appearances since joining OKC in late August. Kahnle hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since mid-May and has only played five games at that level since the end of the 2019 season.

Duffy allowed a single and a walk to start the seventh inning, but allowed the next three batters to come out of the inning unscathed. The southpaw was making his second appearance with Oklahoma City and has pitched a total of five games at three different levels since August 20. Duffy has yet to pitch for the Dodgers at the major league level after acquiring him at the trade deadline last season.

player of the day

Ryan Ward reached base four times and made three runs for Tulsa on Saturday. The 24-year-old singled in a run at first and two more in the second to give the Drillers an early lead.

Ward would later walk twice and score a run to extend the Drillers lead at the time.

Triple A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City had a three-point lead late in the ninth but couldn’t hold on. Each team scored multiple times in extra innings before Round Rock (Rangers) prevailed, handing the Dodgers an 8-7 walk-off loss.

The Dodgers were up 4-1 in the ninth when they allowed a run to score on crazy pitch and an tying run to cross on a Sam Huff two-run single. It was Huff who hit Kahnle’s solo homer earlier in the game and he wasn’t done being a threat to OKC pitchers.

James Outman singled in pair top of the 10th only for the Express to score two of their own to force an 11th. After the Dodgers scored another run in their half on a double play fly ball from Andy Burns, Huff tied it in the bottom half on a single and Round Rock closed it on an inside helicopter that allowed the run winner to score from third.

Edwin Ríos was 2 for 4 with a solo homer that started the scoring at fourth. There were four others who had multi-hit nights, including Michael Busch (2 for 4) and Jacob Amaya (3 for 5).

Jon Duplantier started the game for the Dodgers on the mound and held the Express without a run for five innings, giving up just one hit while walking five with five strikeouts.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers had a 5-1 lead going into the sixth inning on Saturday, but gave up two three-run innings late to lose an 8-6 game to Northwest Arkansas (Royals).

After scoring three goals in the sixth to come down to one, the Naturals got a solo homer from Morgan McCullough in the seventh to tie. Tyler Gentry would then untie it in the top of the ninth with a three-run homer to finally bury Tulsa.

Tulsa got a Brandon Lewis single and had the bases loaded in the ninth but Ryan January retired to end the threat and the game.

As noted above, Ward played a big role early on to lead in the first three points of the game and he scored the fourth point in the fifth when January scored a pair. Leonel Valera was 2 for 4 in first place for Tulsa, scoring on both of Ward’s singles.

Upper A Great Lakes

Low-A Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho was knocked out by two big innings for Inland Empire (Angels) on Saturday. The Quakes allowed four runs in the first inning and three in the fifth en route to an 8-4 loss on the road.

The loss leaves Rancho six games behind Inland Empire in the second-half standings with seven games remaining. This series was decisive for the Quakes to try to catch the 66ers, but they have lost three of five so far.

A Yeiner Fernandez two-run single in the first and a Kyle Froemke RBI single in the fifth took Rancho to two runs each time, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the 66ers.

Froemke didn’t start the game but had to step in when Dalton Rushing was ejected by the plate umpire while in for a third strike called in the third inning.

Maddux Bruns was activated before the game to make Rancho’s start and he would come out before he even registered a takedown. He walked four of the five he faces and gave up a single to the other while being charged with all four runs in the first inning.

Transactions

High-A: LHP Christian Suarez assigned to the Great Lakes Loons of Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

Low-A: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes activated LHP Maddux Bruns.

Saturday’s scores

Sunday schedule

  • 9:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (Ronan Kopp) vs. Lake County (Aaron Davenport)
  • Game 2: Great Lakes (Kendall Williams) vs. Lake County (Jack Leftwich)
  • 11:05 a.m.: Oklahoma City (Michael Grove) at Round Rock (Cole Winn)
  • 4:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Nick Nastrini) vs. Northwest Arkansas (Alec Marsh)
  • 5:35 p.m .: Rancho Cucamonga (Peter Heubeck) at Inland Empire (Joey Walsh)

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