The Drillers have a historic evening while several prospects had standout nights on the farm.
Player of the day
Alex Verdugo had three hits and knocked in two runs in the Loons shutout victory on Wednesday. Verdugo's selection for the player of the day comes at a season milestone, as Verdugo reached .290 in batting average, continuing his climb out of a slow start. Verdugo has hit .339/.357/.477 in the month of July, and now has an OPS of .710 on the season. The power has been a little slower to arrive, but Verdugo isn't lacking for contact and could be poised for a breakout season in the California League.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers dropped their afternoon affair with the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 3-2 while struggling to produce much offense. Solo home runs by Andy Wilkins and Kyle Jensen provided all the scoring for Oklahoma City. The Dodgers only produced five hits and no player had more than one.
Eric Stults ran in to trouble in his fifth and final inning, allowing all three Redbirds' runs to score in that frame. He would allow nine hits against two strikeouts. Ian Thomas would pitch in relief of Stults, only to be ejected in the seventh inning with one out left in the frame.
Tulsa was trailing 7-0 before scoring four runs in the seventh and five in the eighth to win in comeback fashion 9-7 over the Springfield Cardinals. Brandon Trinkwon and Peter Lavin each had eighth inning home runs to power the comeback, while Ronald Torreyes had three hits and a pair of doubles as the catalyst in the leadoff spot.
Biggest @TulsaDrillers comeback in ONEOK Field history, they win 9-7 after being down 7-0 in 7th.— Barry Lewis (@BarryLewisTW) July 30, 2015
Jairo Heredia was stellar in relief of Deck McGuire. Heredia went four scoreless innings, striking out four and allowing three hits in route to earning the victory. Ryan Dennick would close the door on the Cardinals in the ninth to earn his first save on the year.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes bullpen let them down after a string of six scoreless innings to start the game, losing to the Lancaster Jethawks (Astros) 4-2. Chase DeJong is starting to find his comfort level in the Dodgers organization. DeJong went five scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking three. Chris Hatcher threw a scoreless inning in relief to follow DeJong, as Hatcher looks to wrap up his rehab assignment and rejoin the big league squad soon.
De Jong strong again on Wednesday, but Quakes stumble late in Lancaster. READ THE RECAP: http://t.co/wHNuYNlDT5— RC Quakes Baseball (@RCQuakes) July 30, 2015
Jacob Scavuzzo led all Quakes hitters with two hits, both doubles, and a run scored. Brandon Dixon and Cody Bellinger each added an extra base hit to the cause, a home run and double respectively, but the offense sputtered as a whole.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons shutout the South Bend Cubs 5-0 in Isaac Anderson's second stellar start for the club. A 40th round pick in this year's draft, Anderson has now climbed three levels and kept scoring at a premium. He pitched five innings in this game, striking out two and walking none. Cambell's Matt and James would pitch the final four scoreless frames to preserve the win.
In addition to Verdugo's night at the plate, the Loons got two hits and three RBI from Justin Chigbogu. Matt Beaty and Julian Leon each had a double as their only hits.
Short Season Ogden
The Raptors came out the 14-8 victors over the Grand Junction Rockies in a slugfest in Ogden that saw the teams combine for thirty hits. Willie Calhoun went 3-3 with two walks and two doubles to raise his slash line to .272/.365/.510 on the season. Scott DeJong, Matt Jones, Jake Henson, and Jordan Tarsovich each homered as part of multi-hit nights for each player.
Josh Sborz started and pitched two innings, allowing one unearned run, walking three and striking out two. MJ Villegas would get the win with three scoreless innings to follow.
Arizona Rookie League Dodgers
The Dodgers defeated the Rangers 5-4 in ten innings after a walk off single by Jordan Paroubeck. Paroubeck had two hits, including a double, and knocked in two runs in the victory. Ariel Sandoval had a pair of hits and a stolen base as well.
The bullpen three 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball in relief of starter Dennis Santana. Nolan Long struck out three in his two scoreless innings, while Shea Spitzbarth struck out five in two perfect frames for the victory.
High A: Brock Stewart was placed on the the temporarily inactive list, with Kyle Hooper coming off the disabled list to take his place on the roster.
Rookie: Logan Landon was assigned to the Dodgers from Ogden.
Tuesday box scores
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Tommy Bergjans) vs. South Bend (Tommy Thorpe)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (TBD) at Memphis (TBD)
5:10 p.m.: Tulsa (Jeremy Kehrt) at Arkansas (Chris Ellis)
6:05 p.m.: Ogden (Michael Boyle) at Idaho Falls (TBD)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (John Richy) vs. Lake Elsinore (Brad Wieck)