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Joc Pederson hits 30th homer, Julio Urias tosses a gem

Two of the Dodgers top prospects had great games on Monday as Joc Pederson moved ever closer to a 30 - 30 season and Julio Urias tossed 5 innings of 1 hit ball while striking out 9

Joc needs just 2 more stolen bases to join the 30 - 30 club
Joc needs just 2 more stolen bases to join the 30 - 30 club

Minor League Player of the DayJulio Urias (HiA) - 5 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 9 K's.  It just keeps getting better for Urias as he tossed yet another gem.  After setting a career high with 9 strikeouts last week, Julio needed just 5 days to match that while allowing just 1 hit.  Maybe 18 really is going to be his year.

AAA Joc Pederson smacked his 30th homer to reach the brink of history, but the Isotopes were still silenced by the Sounds (Brewers) 9 to 3.  Pederson also walked twice but in both cases there was a runner ahead of him so he stayed stuck at 28 stolen bases.  Mike Baxter homered as well and doubled twice to finish the game 3 for 4, while Tim Federowicz also smacked a pair of two baggers.  On the mound starter Barry Enright got hit hard as he allowed 11 hits and 5 runs over 6 innings to take the loss.  Red Patterson gave up 3 runs in relief and Fabio Martinez permitted the 9th and final run of the night for Albuquerque.

AA – The Lookouts scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th to take a late lead, but then allowed the Barons (White Sox) to score 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game and eventually fell 6 - 5 in 10 innings.  Back to back doubles by Darnell Sweeney and Angel Sanchez plated all 3 late runs for Chattanooga, while Corey Seager went 2 for 5 with a two-bagger and a RBI as his average continues to rise.  Starter Nick Struck threw a very good game as he allowed just 5 hits over 7 innings while permitting just 2 unearned runs.  Speaking of unearned runs, they were definitely the theme of the night as the Chattanooga defense made 6 errors on the night.  All three runs given up by Daniel Coulombe were unearned thanks to a trio of miscues, then in the bottom of the 10th the walk-off run scored on a based loaded walk by reliever Anthony Slama in just his second game as a Lookout.

HiA – The Quakes got a scoreless inning from the rehabbing Chris Perez and a masterful performance from Julio Urias out of the bullpen but still managed to fall to the Storm (Padres) 6 to 1.  Perez got the start and struck out 1 over a perfect frame, but then Urias stole the show with 5 scoreless innings that included just 1 hit and 9 strikeouts.  Unfortunately Craig Stem got lit up in the 8th inning for 5 runs which resulted in the loss because the Rancho offense was quiet on this night.  Chris Jacobs went 2 for 4 with his 23rd homer of the season, but that was really it for the Quakes at the dish.

LoA – The Loons tied the game in the top of the 9th with a sacrifice by Josmar Cordero, but the TinCaps (Padres) responded with a sacrifice fly of their own in the bottom of the 10th to walk-off with a 3 - 2 victory.  Great Lakes actually had a good chance to pull ahead in the 9th as Leo Rodriguez doubled with a runner on 1st, but Webster Rivas was thrown out at home to end the threat.  With just 5 hits there were many other offensive highlights, although Paul Hoenecke did smack a pair of doubles.  This was a bit of a bullpen game for the Loons as starter Luis De Paula lasted just 3 innings (while allowing 2 runs) and then was followed by 5 relievers.  Mark Pope and Michael Johnson combined for 4 scoreless frames, but Victor Araujo was charged with the run in the 10th and took the loss.

Rookie Ogden – The Raptors dominated the Brewers in every way and ended up with a 7 - 1 victory.  The Ogden pitching staff allowed just 3 hits in this game, with starter J.D. Underwood going 6 innings while giving up just 1 run.  Reliever Joe Broussard tossed the final 3 frames and was nearly flawless as he permitted just one base runner while punching out 6.  At the dish Justin Chigbogu smashed a pair of homers to give him a league leading 16 long balls, while 18 year old Julian Leon crushed his 8th bomb of the season.  Jimmy Allen also had a good game as he went 3 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBI's.

Rookie Arizona – The Arizona Dodgers doubled up the Athletics with a 6 - 3 victory Ibandel Isabel started off the Dodger scoring with a 2-run homer, then Erisbel Arruebarrena connected on a solo shot in the 6th.  Alex Verdugo didn't start this game, but still managed a 2-run single to increase his batting average to .338 which ranks 4th in the league.  On the mound starter Jairo Pacheco allowed 7 hits and 2 runs over 5 innings and struck out 4.  Oscar Cruz picked up the win in relief, while Derrick Sylvester recorded the 2 inning save.

DSL – The Dominican Dodgers moved closer to elimination with a 3 - 1 loss to the Indians.  The offense managed just 5 singles in this game, with Johan Mieses driving in the only run while also stealing a pair of bases.  Starter Robert Fernandez allowed just 3 hits over 5 innings, but also walked 2 and gave up 2 runs.  Dennis Santana followed with 4 strong innings, permitting just 1 run yet increasing his ERA to 1.05 for the season.

Coming upChris Reed will try and make his third start with the Isotopes a charm on Tuesday, while Jose De Leon will look to continue his early success with the Loons.  Jharel Cotton takes the mound for the Quakes, Freddie Cabrera gets the ball for the Lookouts, and Victor Gonzalez toes the rubber for the Raptors.

Minor League Transactions – AA: Jhan Martinez was activated from 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