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Deck McGuire off to hot start for Double-A Tulsa

If Deck McGuire keeps pitching this well, he could find himself in Oklahoma City soon.
If Deck McGuire keeps pitching this well, he could find himself in Oklahoma City soon.
Photo: Tulsa Drillers

A pair of scoreless streaks continued on Tuesday for the Dodgers' minor league system, one good and one not in their favor.

Player of the day

Deck McGuire continued his hot start for Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday, striking out seven over seven scoreless innings in a 5-0 win at Arkansas (Angels). He allowed two singles to open the second inning for the biggest threat, but McGuire responded by retiring the next 12 batters he faced.

The former first-round pick (by the Blue Jays, in 2010) has allowed only four runs in four starts this year for Tulsa, and has lasted seven innings in each of his last three starts. McGuire, who turns 26 on June 23, is 4-0 with a 1.33 ERA with 20 strikeouts and three walks in 27 innings.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City split a doubleheader with the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) on Tuesday, dropping the opener 3-2 but winning the second game, 3-1. Both games were seven innings.

Zach Lee struck out six in six innings in the opener, but also allowed three solo home runs. Scott Schebler and Chris Heisey hit solo home runs for the Dodgers; for Schebler it was his fourth home run in an eight-game span.

Steve Smith pitched three innings of relief with three strikeouts for the win in Game 2, and David Aardsma pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save. Aardsma has allowed one run in seven innings for Oklahoma City, with six strikeouts and no walks.

Kyle Jensen was 3-for-6 in the doubleheader, playing first base in Game 2 and serving as the designated hitter in Game 1.

Mike Bolsinger started Game 2 but only pitched three innings, throwing 53 pitches, which would set him up for a possible return to the Dodgers this weekend on short rest. The Dodgers are still kicking around ideas about their rotation for Friday and Saturday, with only Scott Baker committed to one of those days. But Bolsinger can't return until Monday because of the 10-day rule, unless replacing someone placed on the disabled list, so that will be something to watch in the next few days.

Double-A Tulsa

In addition to McGuire, Ryan Dennick followed with two scoreless innings to close out Tulsa's 5-0 win over Arkansas (Angels). Tulsa pitchers have gone 20⅔ innings without allowing an earned run.

Brandon Dixon was 2-for-5 with a home run. Corey Seager was 2-for-5 with a double

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes rode a six-run sixth inning to a 10-5 road win over the Lancaster JetHawks (Astros). a Kyle Farmer doubled and drove in three, while Tyler Ogle and Joey Curletta each homered.

Scott Barlow struck out five in five innings, allowing one run for the win.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

Brock Stewart pitched well, allowing a run in six innings but suffered the tough-luck loss as the Loons lost 1-0 to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays). Stewart, drafted in the sixth round last year, struck out eight and walked none, and on the season has 25 strikeouts and just four walks in 21 innings.

"My first few starts I left some balls up (in the strike zone), not keeping the ball down like I usually do," Stewart told reporters after the game. "Today, I got back to that. I had pretty good command of all of my pitches. I have been working on my slider and I finally felt like I could throw it whenever I wanted to. It was one of those days where everything was working for me."

Great Lakes hasn't scored in their last 25 innings.


Triple-A: With utility man Enrique Hernandez promoted to Los Angeles, infielder Nate Samson was promoted to Oklahoma City from Double-A Tulsa

Double-A: Right-handed pitcher Juan Gonzalez was activated from the seven-day disabled list.

Tuesday box scores

Game 1: Omaha 3, Oklahoma City 2; Game 2: Oklahoma City 3, Omaha 1

Tulsa 5, Arkansas 0

Rancho Cucamonga 10, Lancaster 5

Bowling Green 1, Great Lakes 0

Wednesday schedule

9 a.m. PT: Tulsa (Jeremy Kehrt) at Arkansas (Austin Wood)

3:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Grant Holmes) vs. Bowling Green (Greg Harris)

A pair of Dodgers draft picks the last two years face off in Midland, Mich. Old friend Greg Harris was drafted in the 17th round in 2013 and traded him to the Rays in November with Jose Dominguez for Joel Peralta and Adam Liberatore.

6:30 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Jeff Brigham) at Lancaster (Blaine Sims)

Oklahoma City is off.