Player of the day
Scott De Jong not only hit for the cycle on Saturday, but he also drove in three, scored three runs, and stole a base to really fill up the box score.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Zach Lee threw well in his return to the Oklahoma City as the Dodgers defeated the Sky Sox (Brewers) 7-3. Lee only struck out one over five frames, but he also permitted just one run on six hits to record the victory. A trio of relievers closed out the game, including a shutout inning from Ryan Buchter who lowered his season ERA to 1.14.
On offense Chris Heisey and Andy Wilkins started the scoring with back to back homers. The rehabbing Carl Crawford went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI's, while Corey Seager connected on a couple of two baggers and knocked in a run as well.
The Drillers were swept by the Missions (Padres) during Saturday's double header. In game one starter Chris Anderson lasted just 3 2/3 innings as he allowed six hits and four runs. Mike Thomas then gave up two more runs in relief to put the game out of reach. The offense was shutout until the final frame when they finally scored on doubles by Shawn Zarraga and Peter Lavin and a sacrifice fly.
In game two the Tulsa offense was even more limited as they managed just three hits in a 3-0 loss to San Antonio. A double by Ronald Torreyes was the only extra base knock for the Drillers. On the mound starter Jairo Heredia allowed two earned runs over four innings to pick up the loss while Ralston Cash gave up the final run despite a couple of hitless frames.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes lost their third straight game on Saturday, falling to the 66ers (Angels) 6-4. Starter Chase De Jong couldn't get out of the third inning in his first appearance in the Dodger organization as he gave up three hits and two runs. Joe Broussard followed and gave up three more runs in relief, although only one run was earned and he managed to strike out seven.
Five of the six Rancho hits were doubles in this loss, with two of them coming from 19 year old Johan Mieses. Erisbel Arruebarrena and Tyler Ogle also had a two-bagger each and also both drove in a run.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons snapped their four game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the TinCaps (Padres) on Friday. Great Lakes got outstanding pitching from most of their staff, starting with Trevor Oaks who continued his dominance of the Midwest League with five shutout innings. James Campbell followed with a couple of scoreless innings, and even though J.D. Underwood permitted a run in the eighth, his season ERA is still below 2.00.
On offense the Loons only had two extra base hits in this game, and one of those came from Alex Verdugo who went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in. Justin Chigbogu also drove in a pair and now has 11 RBI's for the month of July.
Player of the day De Jong did a little bit of everything on Saturday as the Raptors defeated the Voyagers (White Sox) 12 to 5. Scott doubled in the third, homered in the fourth, singled in the sixth, was hit by a pitch in the seventh, then completed the cycle with a triple in the ninth. Nick Sell also had a big game as he was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, while Nick Dean reached base six times thanks to a couple of singles and four walks.
Starting pitcher Tommy Bergjans allowed just one hit over five innings, although he did give up three unearned runs. Wes Helsabeck fired three shutout frames of relief before Andrew Istler ran into a little trouble in the ninth.
Hector Olivera went 3-for-5 in his fourth rehab game as the Arizona Dodgers defeated the Indians 7 to 1. The 3rd baseman wasn't the only Dodger to get three hits in his game as Ibandel Isabel crushed a two-run homer as part of a 3-for-4 night. Moises Perez contributed as well as he singled, tripled, and drove in a run.
Sven Schuller from Germany picked up the first win of his professional career as he did no allow an earned run over four innings and gave up just two hits. Hector Rodriguez tossed three scoreless frames in relief while 19 year old Kam Uter got the final three outs.
The Dominican Dodgers were cruising toward a victory until the Rojos scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a 5-4 win. Dodger starter Felix Lacen threw very well as he allowed just two hits and one run over five frames, but reliever Johan Diaz blew the game. While Diaz started his day with a couple of scoreless innings, he ran into all kinds of trouble in the ninth to lose the contest.
At the dish 18 year old Felix Osorio went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, while fellow teenager Jefrey Souffont also went deep.
Triple-A: Josh Ravin was optioned to OKC, while Zach Lee also rejoined the team. To make room on the roster Juan Gonzalez was placed on the inactive list as he pitches in the Futures Game
Saturday box scores
10:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (Kevin Guzman) at Fort Wayne (Chris Huffman)
12:00 p.m.: Ogden (Roberth Fernandez) at Great Falls (Evin Einhardt)
12:35 p.m. Oklahoma City (Rudy Owens) at Colorado Springs (Hiram Burgos)
4:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) at San Antonio (Casey Kelly)
5:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Trevor Cahill) vs. Inland Empire (Harrison Cooney)
7 p.m.: AZL Dodgers vs. AZL Angels