All four Dodgers affiliates in action lost on Tuesday, including a very short outing by a starter at Rancho Cucamonga.
Player of the day
Tyler Ogle went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and four runs batted in as the designated hitter in Class-A Rancho Cucamonga's loss. Ogle is hitting .290/.363/.609 with six home runs in 21 home games this season, and .159/.263/.290 with two home runs in 20 road games.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Corey Seager went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored but the OKC Dodgers lost to the Sacramento River Cats (Giants) 3-2, the first time Oklahoma City has lost back-to-back home games this season. Joe Wieland, one of two people who would have been better options to start the Dodgers' doubleheader opener on Tuesday than the Juan Nicasio / Ian Thomas combo, allowed three runs in five innings for the loss, with six strikeouts.
Wieland also got called for a pace-of-play clock violation, charging him with a ball in the fourth inning. Jacob Unruh of The Oklahoman has more:
But Wieland said he was stuck in a tough position when Ehire Adrianza stepped into the batter’s box with six seconds left and a runner at second, which meant that catcher Brian Ward went through multiple pitch signs. Wieland then shook off the first sign.
"I didn’t really notice at that time what it was, but oh well," Wieland said. "I’ll pay attention more next time and when he gets in the box I’ll step out to reset it. It didn’t affect me; it didn’t hurt me."
David Aardsma struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning as the clock ticks on his future with the organization. Chin-hui Tsao, back from an elbow injury, pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Tsao has seven strikeouts and a walk in four scoreless innings since his activation from the disabled list, and has 20 strikeouts and four walks in 13 innings this season.
1-2-3 inning for Chin-Hui Tsao in 8th. Heard lots of high praise for him from scouts today, calling his stuff "electric."— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) June 3, 2015
The Drillers got home runs from Lars Anderson, Peter Lavin and Jarek Cunningham - each with two hits - but still lost to the Midland RockHounds (Athletics) 6-5. Chris Anderson had a rough start, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 4⅓ innings, with five strikeouts and three walks.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Zack Bird couldn't get out of the first inning as the Quakes lost 13-8 to the Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners) 13-8. Bird allowed five runs on five hits and a walk in the shortest start of his season, recording just two outs. Amazingly it wasn't the shortest start of Bird's career, as he also allowed eight runs for Great Lakes while recording one out last August.
The Blaze built an 11-0 lead after three innings, but Rancho Cucamonga clawed back to within 12-8 thanks to a five-run fourth inning and a three-run sixth. Webster Rivas went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and two RBI, and is 7-for-14 with three doubles in his last four games.
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for Rancho Cucamonga, as well as a franchise-best 14-game home wining streak.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons were off on Tuesday.
Great Lakes will be without manager Luis Matos on Wednesday and Thursday, serving a two-game suspension following an ejection last Thursday at Fort Wayne. Dodgers roving instructor Robert Fick will serve as interim manager for the Loons with Matos out.
Rookie Dominican Summer League
The DSL Dodgers lost 5-4 to the DSL Giants, but notable was the pro debut of 18-year-old Venezuelan pitcher Raul Ascanio, signed by the Dodgers in November. Ascanio allowed two unearned runs in five innings, striking out two, while allowing only two hits and a walk.
Triple-A: Ian Thomas was recalled by the Dodgers as the 26th man for their doubleheader. Josh Ravin was added to the Dodgers roster, while Chris Heisey and Daniel Coulombe were also recalled by Los Angeles. Austin Barnes was optioned to OKC, and pitchers Matt Shelton and Steve Smith were assigned from Double-A Tulsa.
Tuesday box scores
10:05 a.m. PT: Midland (Nate Long) at Tulsa (Jeremy Kehrt)
4:05 p.m.: Peoria (Cardinals) (Matt Pearce) at Great Lakes (Brandon Martinez)
5:05 p.m.: Sacramento (Ty Blach) at Oklahoma City (Zach Lee)
Rancho Cucamonga is off on Wednesday.