The Dodgers signed 2011 3rd round pick Pratt Maynard, and he should be catching for the Ogden Raptors soon. The team also signed 4 non-drafted free agents in the past few days, but none of them seem too impressive. Finally, I asked the Raptors announcer why James Baldwin hasn't been in the lineup, but he didn't have any information to pass on which is probably good news.
Minor League Player of the Day – Scott Schebler - 3 for 5, 2 HR's, 1 2B, 5 RBI's. I refuse to split up this award which is why I gave it to Schebler for his big night, but it should be noted that Jerry Sands and Garrett Gould also got a good amount of consideration for their performances on Wednesday. Getting back to Schebler, he's been producing all season but hadn't hit a jack for a while, so it was nice to see him hitting the ball out of the park again.
AAA – The Isotopes derailed the Express (Rangers) on Wednesday with a 11 to 3 win. Jerry Sands had another huge game at the plate with a homer, a double, and 5 RBI's. Justin Sellers also had a nice day as he 2 for 2 with a double, 2 RBI's, 2 walks, a stolen base, and 3 runs scored, while Dee Gordon went 2 for 5 with a triple and a RBI. Starter Dava Eveland tossed a gem considering the environment, going 8 innings and allowing just 1 earned run on 5 hits with 7 K's. His 3.77 ERA actually ranks as 3rd best in the entire Pacific Coast League, which shows you how much of a hitters league it is.
AA – The Lookouts edged the Stars (Brewers) 5 to 4 behind a solid outing from Allen Webster. Webster allowed 5 hits and 3 runs in 6 innings while striking out 7. The 7 K's were a AA season high for Allen. Shawn Tolleson followed on the mound and allowed 3 hits and a run in 2 innings, but he did strike out 4. Josh Lindblom then picked up his 12 save with a perfect 9th that included 2 K's. At the plate, Alfredo Silverio led the team with 3 hits including a double, while Brian Cavazos-Galvez went 2 for 5 and also had a two-bagger. Scott Van Slyke and Griff Erickson rounded out the Lookouts extra-base hits with a double each.
HiA – The Quakes scored 6 runs in the 9th, but they still fell short on Wednesday as Rancho lost to the Storm (Padres) 12 to 9. Starter Arismendy Ozoria lasted just 3 innings because he gave up 4 hits, 4 walks, and 5 runs, then Justin Orenduff got knocked up for 5 scores himself. By then the game was out of reach which is why the Quakes rally wasn't enough. Tony Delmonico led the 9th inning charge with a grand slam, but Austin Gallagher struck out the end the game. Nick Buss boosted his average to above .300 with 3 hits in 5 at bats, while Angelo Songco went 2 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI's.
LoA – Garrett Gould had another impressive outing in route to his league leading 9th win of the season as the Loons defeated the Silver Hawks (Dbacks) 3 to 1. Gould allowed an early run, but ended up allowing just 6 hits in 6 innings. He also struck out 7 and didn't walk a batter. Relievers Ryan Acosta and Logan Bawcom combined for 3 hitless innings to end the game. Michael Pericht's 5th homer of the season was the Loons only extra base hit of the game, but Chris Jacobs kept on rolling with a 2 for 4 night. Jonathan Garcia also drove in a run with a single.
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors outslugged the Owls (Angels) 10 to 6 behind the impressive play of Scott Schebler. Schebler homered twice, doubled, and drove in 5 runs as he now has 4 bombs and a .358 average for the season. Catcher Andrew Edge also hit his 4th homer of the year and collected 3 RBI's, while Charlie Mirabal, Joc Pederson, Noel Cuevas, and O'Koyea Dickson all had 2 hits. Brandon Martinez started this game and was solid for 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 4. Steven Matre followed with 2 shutout innings and 4 K's of his own to lower his ERA to 0.90 for the year.
Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers had a great all around game on Wednesday as they shutout the Brewers 9 to 0. Every hitter in the Dodger lineup had at least 1 hit, and Nick Akins led the way with 3 hits including a homer. Joe Winker also homered and collected 3 RBI's, while catcher Jose Capellan went 3 for 4 with a double. Luis Mesa started this game and rebounded nicely from his last outing with 6 scoreless innings. He was followed by Michael Thomas and recently signed non-drafted free agents Eric Eadington and Robert Purpura who all tossed shutout frames.
DSL Game 1 – The Dominican Dodgers completed a game with the Royals that started on June 18th, and finally lost in 13 innings 13 to 10. 17 year old Miguel Sulbaran started this game and gave up 7 hits and 3 runs in 3.2 innings, then four relievers threw the remaining 9+ innings frames with nobody really doing anything impressive. At the plate the Dodgers had one of their best games, starting with 19 year old Josmar Cordero who went 5 for 6 with a double and 2 RBI's. Catcher Jonathan Linares had a couple of doubles drove in 3 runs in just 3 at bats, while Vladimir Martinez and Jeffry Rojas both went 3 for 6.
DSL Game 2 – In a game that was the exact opposite of game 1 of the double-header, the Dodgers lost to the Royals 3 to 0. Jackson Mateo started and threw pretty well for 5 innings, but he only struck out 1 and picked up the loss. The only offensive player who had a decent game was Arce Rodriguez who went 2 for 3.