Kyle Farmer showed no rust from his Futures Game layoff, while Drillers walk off as winners.
Player of the day
Sometimes recognition in the Future's Game can help a player realize his potential and motivate him to put the finishing touches on his game to reach the ultimate ceiling of Major League Baseball. While his play suggests he needs to motivation, Kyle Farmer nonetheless came back from the showcase in a big way, going 2-3 with two doubles and a walk, scoring once and driving in one in a Drillers' victory. While always showing the ability to barrel baseballs, Farmer's breakout 2015 makes a major league future a distinct possibility. The biggest improvement in Farmer's game has been the uptick in gap power, which has rounded out his contact oriented approach and improved his overall offensive outlook. He's a below Austin Barnes in the organization depth chart as a call-up option, but Farmer's 2015 season suggests he'll be a big leaguer for some team shortly.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Drillers walked off 5-4 winners Wednesday night against the Arkansas Travelers (Angels). Lars Anderson would provide the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth, his single driving in Ronald Torreyes from second base. The single was one of two hits on the night for Anderson. Kyle Farmer was the top performer at the plate, going 2-3 with two doubles and a walk. He's now hitting .319 in Double A.
Ross Stripling's start was encouraging after a recent string of rough outings. Stripling struck out seven over five innings, while allowing only two runs. Jorge De Leon would get the win after recording the last four outs for the Drillers' staff without allowing a run.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes came out scoring early but had to stave off a High Desert Mavericks (Rangers) rally late to win 10-7. Jeff Brigham struggled with his control through 4.2 innings, walking four and allowing six hits against three strikeouts. His failure to get out of the fifth inning allowed Michael Johnson to come in and be the pitcher of record, striking out all four of the outs he recorded, despite allowing one run.
Johan Mieses led off the game with his second home run at the High A level, one of two hits on the evening. Jacob Scavuzzo, Paul Hoenicke, and Erisbel Arruebarrena would each go 2-5 at the plate. Cody Bellinger would go hitless in his fifth straight game, and is hitting .103 over his last ten games.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons struggled for offense against former teammate Greg Harris, falling to the Bowling Green hot Rods (Rays) 6-2. Harris only allowed one hit in his five innings of work, striking out six. Matt Shelton took the loss for the Loons, in a forgettable five run outing where he allowed seven hits while walking five.
Alex Verdugo's hitting streak came to an end at nine games, as he went 0-3 at the plate. No Loons batter would have more than one hit, and the only scoring came on a Spencer Navin solo home run in the seventh inning.
Short Season Ogden
It was a big day for Dennis Santana on the mound, though he took the loss after allowing four runs in four innings, while striking out five.
Tonight's starting pitcher, Dennis Santana, just married his girlfriend, Marisela, on the pitcher's mound. pic.twitter.com/UNJCIIoZT3— Robbie Bullough (@Raptors_Voice) July 15, 2015
The Raptors dropped the game 6-2 to the Great Falls Voyagers (White Sox) to cut the celebration short. Scott DeJong would go 2-4 with a double as a the only Raptor to record more than one hit. Willie Calhoun would grab one of the five Dodger hits, extending his hitting streak to nine games.
Arizona Rookie League Dodgers
The Dodgers were off, but return to action tonight against the Athletics.
Triple A: After being acquired in a trade for former first rounder Chris Reed, the Dodgers assigned Grant Dayton to Triple-A. the Dodgers also outrighted Matt West to Oklahoma City after he cleared waivers.
Double A: Juan Jaime was promoted to Tulsa from Rancho Cucamonga. To make room for Jaime, the Drillers released Jeremy Horst.
High A: The Quakes sent Robbie Garvey to Ogden to start his rehab assignment.
Low A: Nick Dean was promoted to Great Lakes, while a pair of short stops, Ivan Vela and Christian Gomez, were reassigned to Ogden. Brandon Whiting was also activated off the disabled list.
Short-Season: In addition to the moves listed above, Ogden also placed Willian Soto on the 7-day disabled list.
Rookie: Yensys Capellan was assigned to the Arizona League Dodgers from Ogden.
Tuesday box scores
5:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Luis DePaula) at Bowling Green (Hyrum Formo)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Jose DeLeon) vs. Arkansas (Albert Suarez)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Joe Weiland) vs. Round Rock (TBD)
6:00 p.m.: Ogden (Jairo Pacheco) at Great Falls (Brannon Easterling)
7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers (TBD) vs. AZL Athletics (TBD)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Chase DeJong) at High Desert (Reed Garrett)