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Dodgers minor league report July 29: Jharel Cotton throws another gem

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Jharel Cotton tossed a 2-hit shutout that included 11 K's just one day after being named the California League pitcher of the week

Steve Saenz

Minor League Player of the DayJharel Cotton (HiA) - 9 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 11 K's.  After throwing 7 innings of 1-hit ball in his last outing, Cotton did even better on Tuesday as he threw a complete game 2-hit shutout that included 11 strikeouts.  Quite a turnaround for the right hander whose ERA was almost 6 as recently as mid July.

AAA – The Pederson's led the Isotopes to a 7 - 4 victory over the River Cats (A's) on Tuesday.  Both Joc Pederson and Brock Pederson went 2 for 5 in this game with a solo homer each, although Brock finished with 3 RBI's compared to Joc's one.  Jamie Romak knocked in a pair with a double and a single while Alex Guerrero was 1 for 4 with a couple of K's.  On the mound Red Patterson had another mediocre outing as he allowed 6 hits, 4 walks, and 4 runs over 6 frames, although he did collect 7 strikeouts.  Paco Rodriguez, Yimi Garcia, and Josh Ravin all tossed a scoreless inning each, with Ravin collecting his 2nd save of the year.

AA – The Lookouts were shutout by the Stars (Brewers) 2 - 0 on Tuesday.  Starter Chris Reed threw relatively well in the loss as he allowed just 5 hits and 2 runs over 7 frames, although he also walked 3 and only struck out 2.  The offense couldn't do much to back Reed, however, as the only highlights were a 2 for 4 game from Scott Schebler and a double by O'Koyea DicksonCorey Seager had his worst game since joining Chattanooga as he went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts.

HiA – Reigning California League Pitcher of the Week Jharel Cotton pitched well enough to win the award again as he helped the Quakes shutout the Storm (Padres) 4 to 0.  The player of the day threw a complete game 2-hit shutout that included 11 strikeouts.  At the dish Erisbel Arruebarrena went 2 for 5 with a triple and 2 runs scored while both Casio Grider and Aaron Miller had a single, a double, and a RBI.

LoA – The Loons and TinCaps (Padres) played 3 innings of extra baseball on Tuesday, but Fort Wayne eventually came out with a 2 - 1 victory over Great Lakes.  The offense had 10 hits in this game, but none went for extra bases.  Brandon Trinkwon reached base 4 times with 2 singles and 2 walks, while Jacob Scavuzzo had the only other multi-hit game.  On the mound starter Greg Harris threw well as he allowed just 4 hits and 1 run over 5 innings while striking out 7.  Four different relievers were solid in relief, including Victor Araujo who tossed 1.2 hitless innings, but Mark Pope gave up a solo shot in the top of the 12th to take the loss.

Rookie OgdenEric had the game and the brawl pretty well covered as the Raptors lost to the Chukars (Royals) 9 to 8.  Some additional highlights are that Melvin Santana went 3 for 7 with a triple and 3 RBI's, while Lenix Osuna tossed 3 innings of 1-hit relief.

Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers fell to the Reds 3 to 2 in walk-of fashion in 12 innings.  Starter Kevin Guzman threw very well as he allowed just 1 hit over 6 innings, permitting just 1 walk and an unearned run along the way.  Several relievers threw well out of the bullpen before Carson Baranik gave up the walk-off single in the 12th.  At the dish Michael Medina went 2 for 4 with 2 walks and crushed his 4th homer of the season, while Ibandel Isabel was 2 for 5 with a double and a RBI.

DSL – The Dominican Dodgers lost to the Astros 8 to 2.  The offense didn't even score a run until the 9th inning, although Moises Perez went 2 for 4 with a triple.  Starter Robert Fernandez had a great outing despite the loss as he allowed just 2 hits over 5 shutout innings and had 7 punchouts.  Angel German got crushed in relief, however, as did Edward Perez.

Coming up – There will be a couple of early games on Wednesday as Lindsay Caughel and the Quakes play at 11:05 am PT and Carlos Frias and the Isotopes take the field at 12:05 pm.  Later in the day Steve Smith will throw for the Lookouts, Brandon Martinez will take the mound for the Loons, and J.D. Underwood will get the ball for the Raptors.

Minor League Transactions – LoA: Faustino Oguisten was placed 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)

Minor League Central - Daily Dodger Recap