Dodgers farm teams ran into some offensive woes on Tuesday, though a first baseman powered up in Nebraska, the Quakes scored enough for free tacos, and a rehabbing pitcher had his best start since returning from surgery.
Player of the day
Ross Stripling took the loss on Tuesday night, but had hit best start yet since returning from Tommy John surgery. Stripling struck out four and walked none in his six innings, allowing one run while scattering seven singles and a double.
Stripling, 25, has 25 strikeouts and 10 walks in his 27 innings with Double-A Tulsa, a 22.1-percent strikeout rate that is right in line with his 22.5-percent mark from 2013, pre-surgery.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
O`Koyea Dickson homered in both games of the doubleheader, but that wasn't enough for OKC, who lost 5-4 and 9-4 to the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals). Dickson played first base in the first game and designated hitter in the second game, going 1-for-3 each time.
Joe Wieland allowed three runs on nine hits in five innings, the 10th time in 15 Triple-A starts this season the right-hander has lasted exactly five innings, never once pitching into the sixth. Wieland on Tuesday also struck out and walked none, and has four strikeouts in his last three starts combined, totaling 58 batters faced.
Darnell Sweeney played left field in the first game and second base in the second game, and went a combined 0-for-8 with four strikeouts.
The Drillers were held to just three singles in a 1-0 loss to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals) in a game that took just two hours and nine minutes. In addition to Stripling's strong performance on the mound, Tulsa got scoreless innings out of Ramon Benjamin and Juan Jaime, the latter with two strikeouts.
Drillers starting pitchers have allowed two or fewer runs in seven straight games.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes snapped a three-game losing streak, busting out for an 8-5 win over the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks) after being held to one run over their previous three games. Julio Urias pitched into the fifth inning in his longest outing since early May. More details here.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons managed only eight singles in a 5-0 loss to the South Bend Cubs on Tuesday. Designated hitter Mike Ahmed and left fielder Alex Santana each had two hits in defeat.
Great Lakes has been shut out 11 times this season, most in the Midwest League.
Home runs by Delvis Morales and Scott De Jong lifted the Raptors over the Missoula Osprey (Diamondbacks) 8-4. Morales hit a three-run shot that keyed a five-run second inning. Undrafted hitting machine Nick Sell had two hits, including a double, and is hitting .349/.400/.616 with 14 extra-base hits in 22 games with Ogden.
Second-round pick Mitch Hansen was 0-for-4, and is in a 1-for-21 slump. He's 19. He'll be fine.
Triple-A: With Preston Guilmet designated for assignment by the Dodgers, right-hander Randy Fontanez was activated off the disabled list to take his place on the roster. Fontanez was bombed for nine runs in three innings in Game 2 of the doubleheader.
Class-A: Julio Urias, his rehab assignment with AZL over, was transferred from Double-A Tulsa to Rancho Cucamonga. The Quakes placed pitcher Kyle Hooper on the seven-day DL. The Loons placed left-hander Victor Gonzalez on the seven-day DL, and activated southpaw Luis De Paula from the temporary inactive list.
Tuesday box score
10:05 a.m. PT: Oklahoma City (Trevor Cahill) at Omaha (Brandon Finnegan)
4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Pablo Fernandez) at South Bend (Jake Stinnett)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Chris Anderson) at Northwest Arkansas (Christian Binford)