Dodgers reliever Brandon League made his third minor league rehab appearance in six days for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, as he gets closer to a possible return to the Dodgers bullpen. Here is how the rest of the Dodgers' minor leaguers fared on Friday.
Player of the day
Jeff Brigham has had a rough time so far with the Quakes, but on Friday he dominated by allowing just one run on three hits. The 2014 fourth round pick had stints of brilliance both with the Raptors and Loons over the past few years, but this was his first solid start since joining the upper minor leagues.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers crushed five homers on Friday as they dominated the Sounds (A's) 11-7. While nobody in the lineup had more than two hits, everyone contributed to the victory. Brian Ward had the big game as he launched two long balls, driving in five in the process. Scott Schebler hit his 8th homer of the season, while Andy Wilkins and Kyle Jensen had the final two bombs.
Starter Ian Thomas is now 3-0 in his three starts with the Dodgers, but Friday was his best outing since joining the organization as he allowed two runs in just over five innings. Reliever Daniel Coulombe got beat up in relief as he permitted five runs in the ninth, but it didn't really matter as OKC had a huge lead and was still able to pull out the win.
The Drillers played a doubleheader on Friday and managed a split against the Naturals (Royals). Tulsa was up early against Northwest Arkansas in game one as they scored the first four runs of the contest, but the Naturals plated six late runs to secure the victory. Starter Rudy Owens was great early as he shutout the opposition for five frames, but he got tagged for three runs in the sixth. Reliever Jorge De Leon came into the game with a one run lead, but he got hit hard and took the loss. Adam Law was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored to pace the offense.
In game two the Drillers got into an early hole but were able to avoid the sweep by scoring the final four runs of the game in a 4-3 victory. Adam Law had two more hits and score two more runs, while Yadir Drake was 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI's. Jake Cummingham plated the other two runs with a double.
Starter Randy Fontanez recorded the win despite giving up the three early runs striking out four and walking just one. Jeremy Horst picked up his fourth save in the shortened game by tossing one and one-third scoreless frames.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes continued their solid home record with a 5-1 win over the Ports (A's) on Friday. Player of the day Brigham had his best start of the year as he allowed just three hits and one run over seven frames, walking zero in the process. League gave up two hits in his third rehab appearance but didn't permit a run as he kept his 2015 California League ERA at zero.
On offense Rancho managed 12 hits, and four of them went for extra bases as Brandon Trinkwon, Johan Mieses, Joey Curletta, and Webster Rivas all doubled. Dillon Moyer drove in two of the five runs thanks to RBI a single a sac fly.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons were supposed to play a couple of seven-inning contests on Friday, but both of their games went into extra innings as Great Lakes swept Cedar Rapids (Twins). Game one went 13 innings, with Josmar Cordero finally driving in the winning run on a RBI single. Alex Santana was the big hitter in this contest as his three-run jack in the third inning gave his club most of the runs they needed. Starter Grant Holmes lasted just 1⅔ frames after getting hit hard early. The Loons relievers were outstanding, however, as the Great Lakes bullpen shutout the opposition for more than 11 innings.
In game two the Loons were held quiet for most of the game, but in the eighth they scored a pair of runs to sweep the Kernals. An Alex Verdugo single in the eighth drove in the eventual winning run which was the difference in this game.
Game two starter Derrick Sylvester punched out 11 over five innings of work, allowing just three hits and one run along the way. Kyle Hooper actually recorded the win in this game after tossing three shutout frames.
Dominican Summer League Dodgers
One day after throwing a combined no-hitter, the Dominican Dodgers held the Mets to four hits in a 6-1 victory. Starter Jose Santos extended his scoreless streak to 14⅓ innings to start his season with 5 shutout frames on Friday, although the first year player is already 23 years old. Reliever Felix Lacen finished the game by allowing just one hit and an unearned run over four innings, picking up the long save.
At the dish shortstop Cristian Santana went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI's to lead the offense. Carlos Mosquera and Jefrey Souffront also had a two-bagger each in this contest.
Triple-A: LHP Dustin Richardson was promoted to OKC from Tulsa, while fellow lefty Ryan Dennick was sent to the Drillers. The highly touted Hector Olivera was also promoted to AAA while Darwin Barney was designated for assignment.
Double-A: In addition to the moves above, Eric Stults was sent to Ogden in a paper move while Rudy Owens was added to to the club. Catcher Kyle Farmer was also promoted to Tulsa from Rancho, and newly acquired Ronald Torreyes was also added to the Drillers roster.
Class-A: Austin Chubb was activated off the DL in Oklahoma City and assigned to Rancho Cucamonga, taking Farmer's roster spot.
Friday box scores
Rancho Cucamonga 5, Stockton 1
7:30 a.m. PT: DSL Dodgers at DSL Red Sox
4:00 p.m.: Great Lakes (Ross Stripling) at Quad Cities (Christian Powell)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Chris Anderson) vs. Springfield (Lee Thomas)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Joe Wieland) vs. Nashville (Zach Neal)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Zack Bird) vs. Stockton (Raul Alcantara)