Player of the day
Darnell Sweeney did not hit a home run for the third consecutive day but did go 3-for-5 with a single, double and a triple with three runs scored and an RBI in the Dodger win over the Cardinals.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
After the Cardinals tied the game in the fifth, the Dodgers scored four unanswered runs to win 8-4 in Memphis. David Huff got the win, in his 3⅓ IP, Huff allowed no runs, a hit and struck out three. Dustin Richardson and Chin-Hui Tsao finished the game for the Dodgers.
Ian Thomas started and allowed four runs, five hits, three walks and struck out six. Thomas struck out 25 in his 26⅔ IP for the Dodgers but Thomas has also allowed 38 hits and five home runs in those same innings.
Three Dodgers homered, none bigger than the solo shot by Scott Schebler that broke the 4-4 tie. Darwin Barney and Corey Seager also homered. Austin Barnes went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.
The Dodgers are now 25 games (52-27) above .500, the last time the Oklahoma City franchise reached that mark was in September 1999. The Dodgers also have ten game lead.
Ross Stripling made his third rehab start for the Drillers and the Hooks (Astros) scored four runs off Stripling in their 4-1 win. Stripling allowed those four runs and also gave up seven hits, a walk and struck out five in his 4 IP.
Stripling has had mixed results in his three starts as he continues to add to his pitch count.
Eric Stults pitched the final five innings and gave up no runs, three hits and struck out five.
All of the Drillers scoring came from a solo home run by Peter Lavin.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes scored two runs in each of the first three runs on their way to an 8-1 over the Mavericks (Rangers). Brock Stewart pitched a sold six innings, allowing just a run, six hits, a walk and struck out six. Three relievers held the Mavericks off the scoreboard, Ramon Benjamin finished the game by striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth.
Brandon Dixon and Cody Bellinger hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, for Bellinger, it was his fourteenth of the season. Dixon, Paul Hoenecke, Josmar Cordero and Joey Curletta had multi-hit games. Hoenecke was 3-for-4 with a double while Dixon, Cordero and Curletta each had two hits.
Johan Mieses also hit a solo home run, his first for the Quakes.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons scored the first two runs but that wasn't enough as the Whitecaps (Tigers) scored the last five runs in the game in their 5-2 win. Kevin Guzman gave up three runs in his 4⅓ IP to take the loss, Guzman also allowed seven hits, three walks and struck out three.
Justin Chigbogu hit his fourth home run of the season. Alex Verdugo singled to push his hitting streak to 14 games.
The Raptors lost 16-4 to the Chukars (Royals). Roberth Fernandez gave up five runs and five hits in three innings to take the loss.
Micheal Medina, Nick Dean and Nick Sell had good days at the plate. Medina was 3-for-4 with two doubles. Dean was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Sell was 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
Raptor pitchers not only gave up 16 runs, they allowed 14 hits and four walks and struck out 14 Chukars.
The Dodgers scored nine runs in the first inning and then held on to beat the Brewers 9-6. Former Dodger, Jarret Martin was making his second rehab appearance and it was eventful.
In ⅓ IP, Martin allowed five hits, including a two-run Ibandel Isabel home run, a walk and six runs to the Dodgers. After Martin departed, Ariel Sandoval hit the second home run in the inning, this time a grand slam, to finish the scoring.
Sandoval went 1-for-5 and is hitting .390 with a 1.073 OPS in 40 PA. The 19-year old signed with the Dodgers in 2013 and he his making his U.S. professional debut this year for Arizona.
Dodger starting pitcher Pablo Fernandez made his first appearance of the season. Eric Stephen wrote about Fernandez here.
Hector Rodriguez pitched the final two innings, giving up an unearned run, two hits, a walk and struck out two.
Four Dodger pitchers combined to pitch a shutout in the 1-0 Dodger win over Mets1. Celis Flames pitched four innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out three. Flames got the win and Johan Diaz picked up his sixth save.
Class-A: Dodgers acquired pitcher Chase DeJong and infielder Tim Locastro for three international bonus pool slots. DeJong and Locastro were assigned to Rancho Cucamonga; Dodgers acquired pitcher Caleb Dirks and outfielder Jordan Paroubeck for their last international bonus pool slot. Dirks was also assigned to Rancho Cucamonga, Paroubeck was sent to Camelback Ranch to continue to rehab a quad injury.
Rookie: AZL Dodgers - Pitcher Pablo Fernandez was sent from Great Lakes to AZL Dodgers to begin his rehab assignment.
Thursday box scores
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Grant Holmes) at West Michigan (A.J. Ladwig)
4:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Scott Baker) at Memphis (Tim Cooney)
5:05 p.m.: Corpus Christi (Adrian Houser) at Tulsa (Jharel Cotton)
6:15 p.m.: Ogden (Ivan Vleitez) at Idaho Falls (Eric Stout)
7 p.m.: High Desert (David Ledbetter) at Rancho Cucamonga (John Richy)
7 p.m.: AZL Diamondbacks at AZL Dodgers