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Jose De Leon dominant, but Drillers lose one of several 2-1 games

Four of the seven Dodger minor league games on Saturday ended in a 2-1 defeat

Jose De Leon
Jose De Leon
Photo: Craig Minami | True Blue LA

Player of the day

Jose De Leon continued his dominance of the Texas League with six shutout innings that included seven strikeouts and just two hits.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Ian Thomas got hit hard in his return to Oklahoma City as the Dodgers lost to the Sounds (A's) 7-2. Thomas didn't make it out of the fourth inning and ended up allowing all seven runs to Nashville on eight hits and a couple of walks. A quartet relievers held the opposition scoreless for the remainder of the night, including an inning from the rehabbing Brandon League who worked around a couple of hits in his fourth appearance with Oklahoma City.

The Dodger offense was relatively quiet outside of Darwin Barney and O'Koyea Dickson. Barney went 3-for-5 with his first homer of the season, while Dickson connected on a couple of doubles.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers wasted another strong performance from Jose De Leon as they fell to the Naturals (Royals) 2 to 1. De Leon allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings, striking out seven and issuing a pair of walks. Ryan Dennick gave up a run in relief to spoil the shutout, then Ralston Cash gave up a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th to take the loss.

Tulsa was actually held without a run though eight innings, but in the top of the ninth Kyle Farmer delivered a RBI double with the game on the line to extend the game. Yadir Drake had the only other notable performance at the plate as he went 4-for-5, although none of his hits went for extra bases.


Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes four game losing streak came to an end on Saturday after a 2-1 loss to the Storm (Padres). Rancho starter Brock Stewart tossed a solid game in his best outing since joining the Quakes, allowing one run on three hits over six frames. Victor Araujo took the loss in relief despite giving up just one hit in two innings of relief and punching out four.

At the plate Paul Hoenecke was the star as he doubled twice and drove in the only run in the loss. Johan Mieses also had two hits, including just his second double since joining the club on June 11th.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons held the TinCaps (Padres) to just four hits on Saturday, but couldn't pull out a victory as they fell 2 to 1. Great Lakes starter Kevin Guzman allowed all four of the his and both runs over six innings of work, punching out six along the way. Cameron Palmer, the 24th round pick of this past draft, was impressive in his Loon debut as he whiffed four batters over two hitless frames of relief.

At the dish Alex Verdugo had the standout performance as he went 2 for 5 with a double and extended his hitting streak to nine games. Alex Santana drove in the only run with a RBI single in the first inning. Finally Justin Chigbogu continued to struggle as he registered a golden sombrero in this game, striking out four times and lowering his batting average to .141 for the season.


Rookie Ogden

Nick Dean, the Dodgers 32nd round pick of the 2015 draft, had his first walk-off as a professional as he helped the Raptors defeat the Owlz (Angels) 4 to 3. Dean's game winning single scored the second run of the inning as a HBP, a single, and a RBI ground out tied the game in the bottom of the 9th. Prior to the final frame it was Willie Calhoun's RBI single in the 4th and his solo homer in the sixth that accounted for Ogden's only scoring.

On the mound starter Roberth Fernandez tossed five strong frames as he allowed just two runs on six hits. Several relievers threw well out of the bullpen, including Lenix Osuna who picked up the win despite permitting an unearned run in the top of the 9th.


AZL Dodgers

The Arizona Dodgers made eight (yes eight) errors on defense and managed just one hit on offense in a 9-0 loss to the Mariners. 3rd baseman (and 2014 5th round pick) Jared Walker accounted for three of the errors, while Gage Green had the only hit of the night for the Dodgers.

Dodger starter Osiris Ramirez allowed five runs over three innings of work, although only two of the runs were earned. 19 year old Kam Uter was the notable pitcher in relief, and he actually gave up three runs (one earned) out of the bullpen.

Dominican Dodgers

The Rockies scored twice in the first inning on a two run homer, and that would be all they needed to defeat the Dodgers 2 to 1. 16 year old Jesus Vargas made the first start of his Dodger career and allowed the early long ball, but he only pitched that one inning before the bullpen took over and tossed eight scoreless frames. Algenis Soto highlighted the relief work with 4 shutout innings.

The Dodger offense managed just two singles in this game, with 17 year old Jhoan Calderon driving in the only run and also swiping his third base of the season.


Rookie: 23 year old Jose Santos was promoted to the Arizona Dodgers from the Dominican Summer League

Saturday box scores

Nashville 7, Oklahoma City 2

NW Arkansas 2, Tulsa 1

Lake Elsinore 2, Rancho Cucamonga 1

Fort Wayne 2, Great Lakes 1

Ogden 4, Orem 3

AZL Mariners 9, AZL Dodgers 0

DSL Rockies 2, DSL Dodgers 1

Sunday schedule

11:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (Grant Holmes) vs. Fort Wayne (Thomas Dorminy)

12:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Jeremy Kehrt) at NW Arkansas (Cody Reed)

3:15 p.m.: Ogden (Gregor Mora) vs. Orem (Joe Gatto)

4:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Scott Baker) at Nashville (Barry Zito)

5 pm.: Rancho Cucamonga (John Richy) at Lake Elsinore (Zech Lemond)

7 p.m.: AZL Dodgers (TBD) at AZL Mariners (TBD)