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Zach Lee stellar, Carl Crawford leaves early in rehab outings

Zach Lee threw five perfect innings for the Arizona League Dodgers in his return to the mound.
Zach Lee threw five perfect innings for the Arizona League Dodgers in his return to the mound.
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One returning player from injury puts in an encouraging performance while another faces a possible setback.

Player of the day

Returning from injury, Zach Lee's "rehab" outing in Arizona could not have gone any better from a box score standpoint.  Lee pitched five perfect innings, striking out two, with an eight to three ground out to fly out ratio.  Obviously, Lee's polish is superior to the talent found at the Rookie level, and if healthy he should dominate these hitters, but proving that health was the key.  The Dodgers have gone through several rotation options at the big league level and can't stand another injury to a starting pitcher, so getting Lee back to Oklahoma City pitching soon would go a long way to restoring depth.  Should Lee pick up where he left off in Triple A, we might even see him start to challenge for a role in Los Angeles regardless of the rotation's health.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers didn't manage much offense, but made their hits count with three solo home runs providing the runs in a 3-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals).  Darnell Sweeney, Kyle Jensen, and Andy Wilkins each hit a home run, with Sweeney also adding a hit and stolen base to his ledger.  Sweeney now has two hits in three of his last four games, upping his average to .287 on the season.

Brandon Beachy started and went five innings, ultimately out-pitching his peripherals.  He only surrendered one run but walked three, allowed six hits, while only striking out one batter.  He received the win, with Josh Ravin getting the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers return from the All Star break on Thursday, where Ross Stripling toes the rubber at home against Corpus Christi.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

While the Quakes fell to the High Desert Mavericks(Rangers) 3-2, the story of the night would be Carl Crawford, who left his rehab start early after being hit by a pitch.  Prior to the setback, Crawford had hit a triple.  No further announcements have been made on his status.

Zach Bird had done well to escape trouble until the sixth inning, where he would run into trouble before exiting, having three runs (one earned) charged to his outing.  Bird struck out five and walked none and despite the eight hits allowed, the control follows an encouraging trend set over his last three starts.  AJ Vanegas would strike out four in his clean two innings of work.

The offense was largely quiet on the evening.  The four hits for the Quakes were spread amongst Crawford, Brandon Trinkwon, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Curletta, with only Crawford's going for extra bases.  Bellinger, who also walked and was only one of two Quakes to reach base safely twice (Crawford the other), started and played the entire game in center field.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons broke a 2-2 tie in the ninth with two runs, only to watch the lead evaporate in the bottom of the inning to lose to the Dayton Dragons (Reds) 5-4.  Cameron Palmer was in line for the win after pitching a clean eighth inning, but could not hold the Dragons at bay in the ninth, allowing all three runs.  Trevor Oaks pitched the previous seven innings and put up a typical Oaks line, with a 16-5 ground out to fly out ratio, despite only one strikeout.

Justin Chigbogu and Federico Celli each homered for the Loons, while Kyle Garlick continued his hot hitting since his call up with two singles.   Alex Verdugo also had a hit to push his hitting streak to thirteen games and is now hitting .269 on the year after a slow start.  Verdugo also added seventh steal of the season on eleven attempts.

Short Season Ogden

The Raptors put on a show offensively while pitching around thirteen hits to win soundly over the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals) 9-2.  Willie Calhoun had two hits, including his fourth home run, and has begun to show the power that was his calling card in the 2015 draft.  Deivy Castillo and Nick Dean also had a pair of hits apiece, with Dean upping his average to .370 on the campaign.

Tommy Begjans received his first start of the season and kept his ERA at 0.00 with three scoreless frames that included three strikeouts and a pair of walks and hits each.  Isaac Anderson followed him with two clean innings of his own to earn the win.

Arizona Rookie League Dodgers

With the help of rehabbing Zach Lee, the dodgers held the Brewers to two hits in a 4-0 shutout victory.  Jairo Heredia may have lost the perfect game, but he was stellar in four innings in relief of Lee, striking out five and walking none to earn his first save.

Ariel Sandoval led all Dodgers hitters with three hits in four at bats, including a triple.  Also hitting a triple was second round pick Mitchell Hansen, who added another hit in three at bats while avoiding the strikeouts that have plagued him in the early going.  Jared Walker had a single and a double out of the leadoff spot to improve his average to .343 for the year.

Transactions

Rookie:  Zach Lee was assigned to the AZL Dodgers.

Tuesday box scores

Oklahoma City 3, Memphis 2

Rancho Cucamonga 1, High Desert 0

Dayton 5, Great Lakes 4

Ogden 9, Idaho Falls 2

AZL Dodgers 4, AZL Brewers 0

Thursday schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Kevin Guzman) vs. West Michigan (Artie Lewicki)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Ian Thomas) at Memphis (John Gast)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Ross Stripling) vs. Corpus Christi (Brian Holmes)

6:15 p.m.: Ogden (Roberth Fernandez) at Idaho Falls (Todd Eaton)

7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers (TBD) vs. AZL Brewers (TBD)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Brock Stewart) vs. High Desert (Cole Wiper)