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Pablo Fernandez, Alex Santana lead Loons to 8-3 win

Pablo Fernandez
Pablo Fernandez

Player of the day

Pablo Fernandez made his first start in the Midwest League. The 25-year old Cuban right-handed pitcher had made two appearances for the Arizona League Dodgers but this was his first game for a full-season club. Fernandez started and  pitched four innings, allowing no runs and striking out four.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Sky Sox (Brewers) came back twice, finally scoring two runs in the ninth to beat the Dodgers 6-5. Randy Fontanez did not retire a batter in the ninth inning, walking the first three batters and then giving up the walk-off single.

Rudy Owens started for the Dodgers and Owens pitched six shutout innings, giving four hits, three walks and striking out four. Yimi Garcia made his first appearance for the Dodgers and he also did not retire a batter, Garcia gave up two walks and a single to load the bases and then walked in a run before giving up a bases-clearing double to make the score 4-3 Sky Sox.

Carl Crawford continued his rehab with a 1-for-3 day, tripling in the first inning and scoring on a Corey Seager ground out.

Home runs by O'Koyea Dickson and Ralph Henriquez in the top of the ninth, gave the Dodgers a one-run lead before Sky Sox won it on the walk-off single. Andy Wilkins also homered.

After Sunday's game, the Dodgers began their three-day All-Star Break and will not play again until Thursday.


Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers scored three runs in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat the Missions (Padres) 6-2. Doubles by Ali Solis and Adam Law paced the three-run inning. Jarek Cunningham would double home Yadir Drake in the seventh to give the Drillers their four run lead.

Jeremy Kehrt went five strong innings giving two runs (one earned), three hits and no walks nor strikeouts. Jorge De Leon and Ramon Benjamin pitched a pair of two-inning scoreless innings to finish off the Missions.

The Drillers won despite going 3-for-16 with RISP.


Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga scored just one run but that was enough for a 1-0 shutout over the 66ers (Angels). The unearned run was scored by Erisbel Arruebarrena, who got on base by error and with two out, scored on a wlld pitch.

Trevor Cahill made his first rehab start for the Quakes and pitched four solid innings, allowing no runs and no hits, with just two walks and eight strikeouts, including striking out the side to finish his four-inning start.

Rob Rogers, Daniel Tillman and Caleb Dirks held down the 66ers and Rogers picked up the win while Dirks recorded the save.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons got solid pitching, including the debut of right-hander Pablo Fernandez and won 8-3 over the TinCaps (Padres). As noted above, Fernandez started and went four innings, allowing just a run on four hits. Scott Griggs continues to work his way back, Griggs made his fifth consecutive scoreless appearance, this time pitching two innings with just a walk and striking out five.

Five Loons had at least two hits. Matt Beatty went 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Alex Santana had a double and a home run and drove in four runs.

Justin Chigbogu homered and drove in three runs. Alex Verdugo is like that old electric rabbit, he keeps on going, had two hits on Sunday as his second hitting streak reached eight games. Verdugo has hit safely in 22 of his last 23 games. Michael Ahmed was the other player with two hits.


Rookie Ogden

The Raptors were overwhelmed 11-2 by the Voyagers (White Sox). Voyagers scored their 11 runs on 17 hits. Michael Medina and Saturday's cycle man, Scott DeJong each hit solo home runs for the Raptors runs.

Roberth Fernandez gave up four runs in ⅔ IP and Kevin Brown gave up five runs in one inning of work. Michael Boyle, 2015 draftee (13th round) started and pitched three scoreless innings before the runs started to add up for the Voyagers.

AZL Dodgers

The Dodgers lost 7-2 to the Angels on Sunday night. Angel German started and pitched 4⅓ innings, German gave up six runs (five earned), six hits, three walks and struck out seven batters.

Hector Olivera started at designated hitter and was 1-for-2.


Class-A: Pitcher Trevor Cahill sent on rehab assigment to Rancho Cucamonga from Oklahoma City.

Low-Class-A: Placed pitcher Trevor Oaks on the 7-day disabled list; activated pitcher Pablo Fernandez from the 7-day disabled list.

Sunday box scores

Colorado Springs 6, Oklahoma City 5

Tulsa 6, San Antonio 2

Rancho Cucamonga 1, Inland Empire 0

Great Lakes 8, Fort Wayne 3

Great Falls 11, Ogden 2

AZL Angels 7, AZL Dodgers 2

Monday schedule

9:05 a.m. PT: Tulsa (TBD) at San Antonio (James Needy)

4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Grant Holmes) at Fort Wayne (Ernesto Montas)

6:00 p.m.: Ogden (Ivan Vietez) at Great Falls (Matt Ball)

7 p.m.: AZL Dodgers at AZL Reds

7:05 p.m.: Inland Empire (Jordan Kipperi) at Rancho Cucamonga (Zack Bird)