Afternoon baseball up and down the farm didn't treat the organization well, with only Jacob Scavuzzo and the Great Lakes Loons the lone victors.
Player of the day
It wasn't an oversight when I left Jacob Scavuzzo off the follow list in my April prospect review. While Scavuzzo still has a smattering of tools, he fell flat in his first try at full season ball in 2014, and had been coasting along in 2015 when he needed to be cashing in on his promising potential. More days like Wednesday will get him squarely back on the prospect radar. Scavuzzo went 3-for-4 with a triple, home run, and a stolen base. Scavuzzo's big day brought his OPS on the season over the .700 mark, and in the early going with several Loons hitters struggling, Scavuzzo has laid the groundwork for a solid season as the weather heats up in the Midwest League.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City dug out of an early 2-0 hole before allowing the go ahead and eventual game winning run in the 9th, falling 3-2 to the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins). Mike Bolsinger started and pitched effectively for five innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts. David Aardsma took the loss in the ninth inning, the winning run coming on a double from Miguel Rojas scoring Isaac Galloway from 2nd, who had previously walked.
The Dodger bats were mostly quiet on the afternoon. Corey Seager went 1-4, but doubled with one out and the ninth and was ultimately stranded on second as the tying run. Darnell Sweeney was the only multi-hit batter, going 2-4 with a double.
Tulsa was undone by a five run fourth inning by the Arkansas Travelers (Angels), losing 5-4. The Driller bats spotted Chris Anderson a 4-0 lead that he could not hold on to, exiting after only 3.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks, to only four strikeouts. The rough outing took Anderson's ERA on the season to 5.34, and his walk rate has climbed to 4.75/9. The bullpen pitched a clean 5.2 innings in his wake, highlighted by Jacob Rhame's two inning, two strikeout performance, rebounding from his ugly Sunday outing.
Yadir Drake has been feast or famine in his first week in Double A. Today was feast day for Drake, going 3-4 with a run scored. Brandon Dixon hit a triple on a 1-4 day, while Lars Anderson and Travis Witherspoon both had 2-4 with a double afternoons.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The story of the day in Rancho Cucamonga was Kenley Jansen's third rehab start, which did not go well. Jansen allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning, allowing a home run in the process, as the Quakes would go on to lose to the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks) 7-2.
John Richy would later throw seven effective innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits, with seven strikeouts and a 10-3 ground out to fly out ratio. Joey Curletta provided the offense for the Quakes, going 1-4 with a two run home run, driving in Cody Bellinger, who also went 1-4 on the afternoon. Brandon Trinkwon added two hits to the cause, bring his average to .349 on the season.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons were the only affiliate to achieve victory Wednesday afternoon, topping the South Bend Cubs (Cubs) 4-3. In addition to Scavuzzo's efforts, Faustino Oguisten and Josmar Cordero collected two hits apiece, Oguisten scoring two runs while Cordero hit two doubles. Jimmy Allen would have the winning RBI, driving in Scavuzzo after his triple with a hit in the ninth inning.
Victor Gonzalez continues to string together solid outings, going 5.1 with two runs allowed, striking out three and walking none. J.D. Underwood would get the win after allowing the tying run in the eighth as part of his 2.2 innings of work. He did manage to strike out four, and Karch Kowalcyzk would pitch a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Triple-A: Joe Wieland was recalled to Los Angeles to start Wednesday night's game. To take his place in Oklahoma City, Daniel Coulombe was optioned back down to the minors. The Dodgers also placed David Huff and Ralph Henriquez on the 7-day disabled list and signed P.J. Walters, and assigned Walters and Steve Smith to the team.
Double-A: After starting Tuesday night's game, Dustin Richardson was assigned to the Ogden Raptors. Matt West was activated, giving the Drillers another bullpen arm until Richardson is likely needed again to start.
Tuesday box scores
3:30 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Kevin Guzman) at Lake County (Dace Kime)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (P.J. Walters) at Iowa (Justin Nicolino)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Julio Urias) vs. Arkansas (Albert Suarez)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Zack Bird) vs. Lancaster (Blayne Weller)