Dodgers minor league report: Joc Pederson crushes a pair of homers in Lookouts walk-off win

Joc Pederson during Dodgers spring training - Eric Stephen

The soon to be 21-year-old Pederson leads the Southern League with five homers.

Minor League Player of the DayJoc Pederson (AA) - 3 for 4, 2 HR's, 4 RBI's, 2 Runs. Who has been the most impressive AA outfielder so far? The stats will tell you that is Pederson, who's OPS of 1.039 is higher than Yasiel Puig's OPS of .987. Joc has 5 homers, 1 triple, and 4 doubles, compared to 2 homers, 1 triple, and 3 doubles for Puig. Of course the sample size is very small, but it's still great to see the youngster outpace the Dodgers top prospect.

AAA – Rained out

AA – The Lookouts squeezed out a victory in walk-off fashion on Wednesday, defeating the Barons (White Sox) 5 to 4. This was a pretty crazy contest with 6 of the 10 runs being scored in the final two innings and the game finally ending on a squeeze play. That decisive 9th inning started with Eric Eadington going for the save, but after he allowed 2 runs in the top of the frame the game was tied. In the bottom of the 9th Bobby Coyle doubled with one out, then moved to 3rd on Jan Vazquez's second single of the game. It was at that point that manager Jody Reed had Miguel Rojas go for the squeeze play, and it was a success as Coyle scampered home for the game winning run. Lost in the late inning heroics was the fact that Joc Pederson crushed 2 more homers in this game to give him 5 on the young season. Both jacks were 2-run bombs and therefore Joc drove in 4 of the 5 runs. The other great performance came from Lookout starter Andres Santiago who threw 7 strong innings to lower his season ERA to 1.00. Andres allowed 6 hits and just 1 run while striking out 3.

HiA – The Quakes had some bright spots on Wednesday, but Rancho still fell to the Storm (Padres) 5 to 4 in the rubber game of their series. We'll start with the good news and Darnell Sweeney's big day as he went 2 for 4 with a homer and 3 stolen bases. In fact his solo bomb was hit in the 9th and pulled the Quakes to within one, but his teammates couldn't finish the job. O'Koyea Dickson and Angelo Songco also crushed solo homers, while Noel Cuevas had a double and a triple in the game. On the mound Garrett Gould's struggles continued as he allowed 7 hits and 4 runs over 4.1 frames, and he only struck out 2. Raydel Sanchez was solid out of the bullpen as he tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, but Craig Stem gave up a run in the bottom of the 8th which turned out to be the difference.

LoA – Rained out

Coming up – It looks like both the Isotopes and the Loons will make up their rain-outs later in the season, so there will be the normal four games scheduled on Thursday. Ross Stripling highlights the probably starters as he takes the mound for the Quakes, while Rob Rasmussen will get the ball for the Lookouts. Blake Johnson and Lindsey Caughel will throw for Albuquerque and Great Lakes, respectively, as their starts were pushed back on Wednesday due to the rain.

Minor League Transactions – AAA: With Tim Federowicz returning to the Dodgers, Matt Wallach will be returning to the Isotopes. AA: Jan Vazquez was actived from the DL to take the spot of Wallach in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Minor League Central - Daily Dodger Recap

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