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Dodgers 7/21/14 minor league report - Rathjen's slam leads to Quakes victory

Jeremy Rathjen went 4 for 5 on Monday with a grand slam in the Quakes win

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Brandon Lennox

Minor League Player of the DayJeremy Rathjen (HiA) - 4 for 5, 1 grand slam, 1 2B, 5 RBI's.  Rathjen had a slow start to his season, but in the month of July he is hitting .354 with 7 doubles and 4 homers.

AAA – Eric again has the coverage here

AA – The Lookouts collected 11 hits on Monday but still got baked by the Biscuits (Rays) 9 to 2Corey Seager went 2 for 4 and collected his first double since joining Chattanooga, while Scott Schebler, Daniel Mayora, and Chris O'Brien all had a two-bagger as well.  On the mound starter Andres Santiago took the loss after allowing 7 hits and 4 runs over 5 frames.  Steve Smith and Mike Thomas also struggled in relief as they combined to give up the final 5 runs of the game.

HiA – The Quakes defeated the Blaze (Reds) 10 - 4 on Monday behind the bat of Jeremy Rathjen.  The player of the day went 4 for 5 with his big hit being a 6th inning grand slam.  He also doubled in this game to fall a triple shy of the cycle.  Alex Guerrero reached base 3 times after going 2 for 4 with a double and a walk while Adam Law went 3 for 4.  Starter Lindsey Caughel didn't have his best stuff as he allowed 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs over 6 innings, but he still picked up his 7th win of the season.  Geoff Brown collected the long 3 inning save and only allowed 1 hit during his time on the mound.

LoA – The Loons played their 100th game on Tuesday and the result was a 3 - 1 win over the Cougars (Cubs)Joey Curletta had the big game at the plate for Great Lakes as he drove in all 3 runs, going 2 for 4 with a double and a homer.  Jesmuel Valentin had the only other notable performance on offense as he followed up his 4 hit game with a 2 for 4 effort that included a double and a stolen base.  Starter Zachary Bird didn't quite make it through the required 5 innings so he didn't qualify for the win, but he still threw well as he allowed just 1 run on 3 hits.  The bullpen threw well as the finished the game with 4.1 scoreless frames with Matt Campbell recording his 4th save with 2 strikeouts in the 9th.

Rookie Ogden – The Raptors doubled up the Mustangs (Reds) in an 8 - 4 victory on Monday.  Justin Chigbogu continued his recent hot streak by going 2 for 5 with a double and his 6th homer in his last 6 games, while Ivan Vela went 3 for 4 with a two-bagger and drove in 3.  Cody Bellinger knocked in a pair with a couple of singles and Theo Alexander reached base 3 times on a single, a double, and a walk.  On the mound starter Jose De Leon allowed just 1 hit over 6 innings, striking out 7 along the way.  He did walk 3, however, and gave up a couple of unearned runs while recording the win.  Joe Broussard tossed the final 3 frames and while he gave up a couple of runs, he picked up his first save of the season.

Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers held the D-backs to just 1 hit and then walked-off with a 1 - 0 win.  Starter Yeuri Gonzalez gave up a third inning single and that was the only base-runner he allowed for the night as he also struck out 6.  Jairo Pacheco then took over and was just as good as he fired 3 hitless frames while striking out 5, which resulted in the win as he was on the mound at the time of the win.  The Dodger offense was pretty anemic as well outside of the walk-off sacrifice fly from Clint Freeman and a 3 for 4 night from center fielder Alex Verdugo.

DSL – The Dominican Dodgers defeated the Rays 4 to 3 thanks to a couple of runs in the top of the 9th.  A Luis Paz triple drove in the first big run of the final frame and then he was singled home by Johan Mieses.  Starter Dennys Chica lasted 4 frames and allowed 2 runs, then a trio of relievers got through the final 5 frames while allowing just 1 run.

Coming up – The Loons get to rest but everyone else is playing although only three teams have announced their starters.  Nick Struck takes the mound for the Lookouts, Jharel Cotton throws for the Quakes, and Jeff Bingham gets the ball for the Raptors.

Minor League Transactions – AAA: Catcher Johnny Monell was activated from the DL and Steve Smith was sent to Chattanooga:  AA: To make room for Smith the Lookouts placed Raydel Sanchez on the DL.

Albuquerque Isotopes Box Score (AAA)

Chattanooga Lookouts Box Score (AA)

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Box Score (HiA)

Great Lakes Loons Box Score (LoA)

Ogden Raptors Box Score (Rookie)

Arizona Dodgers Box Score (Rookie)

Dominican Dodgers Box Score (DSL)

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