One Dodger farmhand kept an impressive streak of hitting going while an entire team ended a less glamorous streak of offensive futility in comeback fashion.
Player of the day
In a down day for more highly recognized prospects, Adam Law had his fifth straight multi-hit game with three hits in a loss for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Law raised his average to .394 on the season and will have a chance to end the month hitting .400 should he go 2-4 or better in Thursday's game. Law has shown a propensity for hitting since being drafted in 2013 and could be in line for a promotion to Double A at some point in the 2015 season. Law's triple was his first on the season, and he has relied more on his speed than true gap power in his minor league career, with already 73 career steals entering only his third professional season.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City was off today. They resume action Thursday in Iowa against the Cubs. David Huff will take the hill against Dallas Beeler.
After breaking a 7-7 tie with two runs in the ninth, the Drillers came unwound with a walk, wild pitch, hit by pitch, and error on a sac bunt loading the bases. Blake Smith, having entered the game prior to the sac bunt attempt, battled back with a strikeout before allowing two base hits to plate three runs, losing in walkoff fashion to the Arkansas Travelers (Angels) 10-9.
Peter Lavin Reached base four times, twice on walks and twice on extra base hits, while driving in three runs. Brian Burgamy was the other offensive standout, hitting his second home run to highlight a 3-5 day. Corey Seager and Brandon Dixon were each 1-4 with a walk. Seager's hit was scored a double, yet he was awarded two more bases after the Traveler left fielder mistook the play for being dead, and flipped the ball into the crowd.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes could not capitalize on an early 3-0 lead and fell to the Lancaster JetHawks (Astros) 6-4. Marek Cunningham and Tyler Ogle joined Law with multi-hit games with two apiece.
Jeff Brigham had his first rough outing of the season, pitching into the fourth but recording no outs before exiting, surrendering five runs on the evening on six hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Though the bullpen would only surrender one unearned run, Brigham's runs allowed was a deficit too great for a comeback. The Quakes will try to narrow the deficit with top prospect Jose DeLeon taking the hill for the rubber match.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons wasted little time ending their scoreless streak with a run in the first inning, but the real outbreak would be saved for the eighth, with a four run rally making the difference in an 8-7 victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays). Faustino Oguisten continued his hot streak since joining the team on the 24th, going 3-4 with a triple and raising his average to .500 on the season. Jimmy Allen also had a three hit game, and his bases loaded triple tied the game in the eighth before he later came around to score himself the game winner. Jacob Scavuzzo was a perfect 3-3 at the plate, and Alex Verdugo had two hits in five at bats, plus two stolen bases, second and third respectively, in the first inning.
Grant Holmes is taking some time to get adjusted to full season ball, as he allowed five runs in three and two-thirds innings, striking out six, but also walking four. Yeuri Gonzalez stabilized the staff with a clean six, seventh and eighth innings, putting himself in line for the win after the Loons eighth inning comeback.
Triple-A: Chris Reed was promoted to the Oklahoma City Dodgers, with Mike Thomas moving the other direction (down to Tulsa) and what looks like a straight swap of lefty relievers. Reed had performed admirably in six appearances with Tulsa, leaving Double A with a .77 ERA.
Double-A: In addition to Mike Thomas moving down from Oklahoma City, the Drillers also activated Webster Rivas from the disabled list, while assigning Shawn Zarraga to the seven day disabled list.
Tuesday box scores
3:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Trevor Oaks) vs. Bowling Green (Hyrum Formo)
4:38 p.m.: Oklahoma City (David Huff) at Iowa (Dallas Beeler)
5:10 p.m.: Tulsa (Dustin Richardson) at Arkansas (Nate Smith)
6:30 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Jose De Leon) at Lancaster (Adrian Houser)