Player of the day
John Richy was one of three Dodger minor league pitchers to toss a solid game on Saturday, but he was the best of the bunch as he allowed just five hits over seven innings and struck out six to win his eighth game of the season.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Express (Rangers) scored three runs in the eighth to break open a tie game and defeat the Dodgers 7 to 4. Adam Liberatore allowed all three runs in the fateful inning and took the loss. Brandon Beachy started for OKC in his first game since being optioned back to the minors and continued to struggle as he allowed four runs over six frames, including a pair of homers.
At the plate the Dodgers managed just six hits, but half of the went for extra bases. Buck Britton connected on his fifth homer of the season, while Shawn Zarraga and O'Koyea Dickson both doubled. Corey Seager finally returned to the lineup after a week off with the flu, but he went 0-for-4 with a couple of strikeouts.
The Drillers were shutout on Saturday, falling to the Travelers (Angels) 6 to 0. Tulsa had just give hits in this game, and only two went for extra bases as Kyle Farmer was 2-for-4 with a couple of doubles.
Starter Jharel Cotton pitched very well in the loss as he allowed just one run over six innings, punching out six and lowering his ERA to 2.27. Jorge De Leon got lit up in relief, however, as he gave up four runs while recording just one out.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Player of they day Richy tossed 7⅓ solid innings to lead the Quakes to a 2 - 1 win over the 66ers (Angles) on Saturday. Richy allowed just five hits and struck out six during his outing, winning his eighth game and punching out six. Daniel Tillman picked up his fifth hold by recording a couple of outs, then Caleb Dirks recorded his third save with a hitless ninth.
At the dish 20 year old Johan Mieses went 2-for-4 and drove in both runs with his tenth homer of the season, and his fifth since joining Rancho in June. Nobody else had more than a single in his contest.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons used an early three-run homer by Webster Rivas to defeat the Captains (Indians) 4 to 2. It was Webster's first game with Great Lakes after a demotion from Rancho Cucamonga, so he made a good first impression. Left fielder Federico Celli drove in the other run and reached base three times on two singles and a walk.
On the mound Grant Holmes picked up his sixth win of the year after allowing five hits and two runs over 5⅔ frames, striking out four and lowering his ERA to 2.78 for the season. A pair of Campbell's then closed out the game with Matt Campbell tossing two scoreless frames and then James Campbell recording his third save with a scoreless ninth.
Ogden manager John Shoemaker earned the 1,300th win of his minor league managing career as the Raptors defeated the Rockies 9 to 4. Scott De Jong led the offense by going 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored, while Gage Green also had three hits and knocked in a pair. Willie Calhoun had the other long ball in this game as his seventh bomb matched De Jong for the team lead.
2015 13th round pick Michael Boyle tossed five innings in this game and lowered his ERA to 0.54 as both of the runs he allowed were unearned. Rob McDonnell and Lenix Osuna were both solid in relief as they did not permit a run over 2⅔ shutout frames.
The Arizona Dodgers were off on Saturday, but resume play on Sunday.
Triple-A: Ian Thomas, Josh Ravin, and Chin-hui Tsao were all optioned back to OKC, while Zach Lee was promoted to the big leagues. The other corresponding moves have not yet been announced, including whether Lee will remain in the majors after taking the loss in New York.
Class-A Advanced: Josmar Cordero was placed on the DL while Kyle Hudson was assigned to Rancho.
Class-A: Kevin Guzman was activated from the DL while Luis De Paula was placed on the disabled list.
Saturday box scores
11:05 a.m. PT: Lake County (Anderson Polanco) at Great Lakes (Matt Shelton)
3:05 p.m.: Ogden (Ivan Vieitez) at Grand Junction (Parker French)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Joe Weiland) at Round Rock (Chi Chi Gonzalez)
5:05 p.m.: Arkansas (Albert Suarez) at Tulsa (Julio Urias)
5:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Zack Bird) at Inland Empire (Victor Alcantara)
7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers (TBD) at AZL White Sox (TBD)