The Dodgers on the farm saw several losses on Thursday, but the Great Lakes Loons erupted on offense in a big win to finish off a road trip.
Player of the day
Matt Beaty, drafted by the Dodgers in the 12th round out of Belmont, continued to hit for Great Lakes. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles in the Loons' 13-0 romp, his third four-hit game in the last 15 days. Beaty has a five-game hitting streak and since making the jump from Ogden to Great Lakes the third baseman is hitting .330/.370/.392 in 25 games.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) scored five runs on six hits in the eighth inning against newcomer Grant Dayton, breaking a tie to beat Oklahoma City 6-3. Eric Surkamp allowed one run on six hits in a no-decision, with four strikeouts.
Chris Heisey homered in defeat, is 14th of the season. Scott Schebler was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
The Drillers fell 5-3 to the Arkansas Travelers. a Jeremy Rathjen had two hits, including a home run in defeat. Erisbel Arruebarrena was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Kyle Farmer and Brandon Trinkwon also each had two hits.
Ronald Torreyes went 0-for-4, snapping his 11-game hitting streak.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Jeff Brigham was knocked out in the first inning after giving up three runs and recording just two outs. The Quakes came back to tie the game in the ninth inning, but lost 7-6 in 10 innings to the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels). Johan Mieses doubled, homered and walked for the Quakes.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons exploded for a season-high 13 runs on 18 hits in a 13-0 shutout of the Great Lakes Cubs. Everyone got involved, with all nine starters tallying at least one hit and one RBI, with seven of the nine scoring at least one run. Jimmy Allen doubled and drove in three, Federico Celli had three hits, Mike Ahmed tripled and scored twice in addition to Beaty's four hits.
Isaac Anderson, drafted by the Dodgers in the 40th round last month, started and pitched four scoreless innings in his Great Lakes debut, promoted earlier in the day. He struck out two and allowed only one single, facing one over the minimum in his outing.
The Loons also announced on Thursday that playoff tickets are on sale. By clinching a playoff spot in the first half, Great Lakes will play the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) in the Midwest League first round in a best-of-three series. The series begins on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at Great Lakes, followed by two games at Lansing.
The Raptors fell behind big early in an 8-5 loss to the Grand Junction Rockies. Andrew Istler allowed seven runs on 10 hits in three innings for the loss. Nick Sell continued to hit, going 2-for-5 with a home run, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored in defeat.
Sven Schuller, the 19-year-old German right-hander the Dodgers signed out of Germany in June 2013, started for the AZL Dodgers but not record an out. He faced seven AZL Rangers batters, with the following results, in order: hit by pitch, walk, double, single, walk, double, home run. The AZL Dodgers lost to the AZL Rangers ...
Triple-A: Ralph Henriquez was activated from the disabled list.
Class-A: Isaac Anderson, the Dodgers' 40th-round pick this year, was transferred from Ogden to Great Lakes to start for the Loons. Delvis Morales completed his rehab with Ogden and was reinstated off the disabled list by Rancho Cucamonga. Outfielder a Travis Witherspoon was placed on the DL by the Quakes. Catcher Brant Whiting was activated off the DL by Great Lakes. Pitcher Yeuri Gonzalez was released by the Dodgers; the 22-year-old had a 7.50 ERA in 11 relief appearance with Great Lakes.
Rookie-level: 2015 draft picks Josh Sborz (Competitive Balance Round B) and Philip Pfeifer (third round) were assigned to Ogden, and both will piggyback start on Friday for their pro debuts, with Sborz following Pfeifer. Pitchers Hector Rodriguez and M.J. Villegas were transferred from AZL Dodgers to Ogden, and pitchers Roberth Fernandez and Dennis Santana were transferred to the AZL from Ogden.
Thursday box scores
4:05 p.m. PT: Lake County (Indians) (Justus Sheffield) at Great Lakes (Tommy Begjans)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Eric Stults) at Round Rock (Rangers) (Jerad Eickhoff)
5:05 p.m.: Arkansas (Kyle McGowin) at Tulsa (Jeremy Kehrt)
5:30 p.m.: Ogden (Philip Pfeifer) at Grand Junction (Kyle Freeland)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Chase DeJong) at Inland Empire (Jeremy Rhoades)
Chris Hatcher is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the Quakes beginning Friday night, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.