A pair of Dodgers affiliates secured wins in their final at-bat on Wednesday, and a couple of pitching performances stood out.
Player of the day
Ian Thomas allowed one run in six innings, striking out four with no walks, and has gotten into a groove with Triple-A Oklahoma City after a disappointing appearance at Coors Field on June 2. Thomas in his last three starts for OKC has a 2.76 ERA with 11 strikeouts and four walks.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
O`Koyea Dickson drove home Brian Burgamy with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, ending Oklahoma City's road trip on a strong note, a 4-3 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers). Corey Seager went 2-for-5 with two doubles, and Hector Olivera was 0-for-5.
With the Dodgers adding a reliever as soon as Thursday, here are the options:
Daniel Coulombe: allowed two runs and recorded two outs, threw 24 pitches
Matt West: did not pitch Wednesday, but threw two innings and 34 pitches on Tuesday
David Huff: threw two scoreless innings, 17 pitches; has been up and DFA'd twice already this season
Ryan Buchter: recorded four outs, threw 11 pitches, has 11 straight scoreless appearances, with 11 strikeouts, two walks
The Drillers and Arkansas were rained out due to Tropical Storm Bill. They will attempt a doubleheader on Thursday night in Tulsa.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes were drubbed by the High Desert Mavericks (Rangers) 11-1. Paco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless first inning in the second game of his rehab assignment.
A.J. Vanegas pitched two scoreless innings, and Paul Hoenecke was 2-for-4 in the loss.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
Julian Leon singled home Alex Santana in the eighth inning in the Loons' 4-3 win over the Lake County Captains (Indians). Leon was 2-for-3 with a walk, his second multi-hit game in the last three contests. He has also thrown out the last four runners attempting to steal on him. He talked with Hugh Bernreuter of MLive.com about his approach after four weeks with Dodgers instructors at Camelback Ranch in Arizona:
"I learned a lot," Leon said. "The biggest change is attitude. Some of it was being ranked so high. I had expectations. I'm not going to say I didn't.
"When I didn't hit, I started to try to do more than I could do. I changed my focus. In Arizona, I worked a lot on my defense, and I changed my focus.
Justin Chigbogu homered in the win for Great Lakes as well. Grant Holmes allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings, with six strikeouts.
Leonardo Crawford struck out seven in five scoreless innings in a 6-1 win over the DSL Twins, continuing his amazing run to open his professional career. The 18-year-old Nicaraguan left-hander is 4-0 in his first four starts (he has allowed one unearned run), with nine hits, five walks and 26 strikeouts in 22... innings.
Venezuelan outfielder Romer Cuadrado, 17, was like Crawford signed last July 2, the first day of the international signing period. He was 1-for-5 on Wednesday and hit his first professional home run.
Double-A: Eric Stults was assigned from Ogden in a paper move, and pitcher Jeremy Kehrt was placed on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday.
Class-A: Great Lakes placed infielder Ivan Vela on the disabled list, and activated catcher Brant Whiting from the DL.
Wednesday box scores
Oklahoma City 4, Colorado Springs 3 (11)
High Desert 11, Rancho Cucamonga 1
4:05 p.m. PT: Lake County (Justus Sheffield) at Great Lakes (Derrick Sylvester)
5:05 p.m.: Nashville (Athletics) (Zach Petrick) at Oklahoma City (Joe Wieland)
5:05 p.m.: Doubleheader - Arkansas (Michael Brady, Nate Smith) at Tulsa (Eric Stults, Chris Anderson)
6 p.m.: Orem (Angels) (Joe Gatto) at Ogden (TBD)
It's opening day for rookie-level Ogden.
7 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Zachry Bird) at Visalia (Diamondbacks) (Anthony Banda)