Edwin Rios made a splash in his professional debut on a night where wins were at a premium on the farm.
Player of the day
It took longer than many expected, but Edwin Rios finally made his professional debut after signing on last week's deadline. Rios went a perfect 3-3 at the plate before exiting for Ibandel Isabel late in the game. Rios will be counted on to provide pop for a draft class that is a little short in raw power, and while all three hits were singles, Rios showing no rust in his debut is an encouraging sign. The Dodgers expect to promote Rios quickly once he gets his footing in professional ball, and with games like last night, it might not take long to see Rios jump to Ogden.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) would score all their runs in the first inning, but those would prove to be enough to defeat the Dodgers 5-4. Trevor Cahill picked the wrong week to have a rough outing, with one, maybe two openings in the big league rotation. Cahill would pitch four innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits against two strikeouts. Fresh off the disabled list, Steve Smith and Ramon Troncoso combined to pitch four clean innings in relief.
Scott Schebler led the offense with a 2-4 and a double performance while manning center field. All of the Dodger runs would come in the seventh inning, as the Dodgers struggled for baserunners throughout the game.
OKC was unable to overcome an early deficit in a 5-4 loss to Omaha Wednesday afternoon. Series wraps up Thursday. http://t.co/daB5bkRqRT— OKC Dodgers (@okc_dodgers) July 22, 2015
The Drillers dropped the final game of their long road trip, losing 6-4 in a back and forth affair with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals). Chris Anderson continues to alternate good starts with bad ones, as the reigning Texas League Pitcher of the Week failed to exit the fifth inning. Anderson would allow ten hits and five runs in 4.2 innings, striking out five while walking three.
Erisbel Arruebarrena led the offense with a 3-5, two double performance, while Ronald Torreyes went 2-5 with a home run, his third on the season. after a hot stretch of hitting, Kyle Farmer has gone hitless in his last twelve plate appearances.
Drillers Lose Series Finale to Naturals http://t.co/LVEAtabeEP— Tulsa Drillers (@TulsaDrillers) July 23, 2015
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes were off Wednesday, but travel to face the Inland Empire 66'ers (Angels) and their top prospect Sean Newcomb Thursday night.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons outlasted Jake Stinnett and scored a pair of runs in the ninth in route to a 5-2 victory over the South Bend Cubs (Cubs). Pablo Fernandez put his previous rough outing behind him and threw his longest outing yet stateside, going five innings. He allowed just two runs on five hits and no walks. Cameron Palmer would follow him with two clean innings to earn the win, with James Campbell pitching the last two innings for the save.
Alex Verdugo went 2-4 while hitting third in the lineup, and now has a .337/.360/.519 slash line for the month of July. Julian Leon also added a pair of hits, while Mike Ahmed went 3-5 with a double from the leadoff spot.
Short Season Ogden
The Raptors had the day off, but resume play Thursday on the road at Grand Junction (Rockies).
Arizona Rookie League Dodgers
A first inning grand slam by Brewers 4th rounder Demi Orimoloye put the Dodgers in an early hole they would struggle to climb out of, dropping the game to the Brewers 10-5. After a near flawless rehab start last week, Scott Barlow found outs tougher to come by in the early going. He would still go three innings, adding one more earned run to the four earned off the slam, while walking and striking out a pair. Gregor Mora found less success in relief, allowing five runs in his four innings of work.
Rios was the story on the night offensively, but Jared Walker also had three hits in four appearances, upping his average to .291 on the season. Italian teenager Federico Giordani also hit his first professional home run in a relatively quiet night for the Dodger offense.
Triple A: Ian Thomas was recalled to Los Angeles, with Adam Liberatore heading the other way after the bullpen was forced to work overtime in Atlanta. The OKC Dodgers also sent Randy Fontanez to the 7-Day DL while activating Ramon Troncoso and Steve Smith from it. The team also made official the release of Ryan Buchter.
Short-Season: Dennis Santana and Roberth Fernandez were assigned to the Arizona League, with MJ Vallegas and Hector Rodrigruez being promoted to Ogden in their placed.
Rookie: Edwin Rios was assigned and activated by the Arizona League Dodgers
Tuesday box scores
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Tommy Bergjans) at South Bend (Michael Wagner)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Jairo Heredia) vs. Arkansas (Michael Brady)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Eric Surkamp) at Omaha (John Lamb)
6:05 p.m.: Ogden (Isaac Anderson) at Grand Junction (Trey Killian)
7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers (TBD) vs. AZL Rangers (TBD)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Jeff Brigham) at Inland Empire (Sean Newcomb)