Two out of three Dodgers affiliates won on Wednesday, and a pair of 2014 draft picks experienced opposite ends of the spectrum on the mound.
Player of the day
Grant Holmes, the Dodgers' top draft pick in 2014, pitched six scoreless innings for Class-A Great Lakes, setting a season high and tying a professional career high with nine strikeouts.
Holmes has pitched six scoreless innings in three of his last four starts.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City had a day off on Wednesday.
The was nothing short about Jeremy Kehrt's outing in the Drillers' 6-3 win over the Springfield Cardinals. Kehrt lasted seven innings, tying his longest start of the season, and allowed only one run in the win, with two walks and three strikeouts
A trio of Drillers each had three hits on Wednesday — second baseman Brandon Dixon tripled, drove in three and stole his ninth base of the season; catcher Shawn Zarraga had two doubles; and shortstop Luis Mateo doubled.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Paul Hoenecke went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and drove in three, but the Quakes fell 8-3 to the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels). Dodgers sixth-round pick last year, Brock Stewart, had a rough night in his first start in the California League. The right-hander allowed eight runs in four innings, including a six-run fourth inning for the 66ers.
Stewart in that fourth inning allowed a three-run home run to Eric Aguilera, his college teammate at Illinois State.
Stewart struck out five in his four innings, but also walked three, only three fewer than he walked in seven starts with Great Lakes. All three walks by Stewart on Wednesday scored.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons got more than just Holmes' great start in their 7-1 win over the Dayton Dragons (Reds) on Tuesday. Shaking off recent slumps were outfielder Alex Verdugo (2-for-5, double, two RBI) and catcher Spencer Navin (2-for-4, two runs scored).
Triple-A: Ramon Troncoso was demoted to Tulsa, and pitched the final two innings in the Drillers' win, allowing two runs.
Double-A: To make room for Troncoso, starting pitcher Deck McGuire was placed on the temporary inactive list.
Class-A: The Dodgers signed 25-year-old infielder Dan Hennigan to a minor league deal and assigned him to Great Lakes. Hennigan hit .227/.337/.240 with 11 walks in 23 games in Camden in the independent Atlantic League. He played games at second base, third base and shortstop.
Wednesday box scores
4:07 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Trevor Oaks) at Dayton (Seth Varner)
5:10 p.m.: Tulsa (Daniel Corcino) at Springfield (Thomas Lee)
7:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Randy Fontanez) at Las Vegas (Steven Matz)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Scott Barlow) at Inland Empire (Sean Newcomb)