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Cody Bellinger hit home runs number 24 and 25 in a Quakes loss.
Cody Bellinger hit home runs number 24 and 25 in a Quakes loss.

Cody Bellinger shined for Rancho Cucamonga despite dropping a doubleheader Wednesday night.

Player of the day

High Desert is typically an enjoyable place for hitters to play, and Cody Bellinger did not waste his opportunity Wednesday evening.  Bellinger went a combined 3-7 in a doubleheader, hitting home runs number twenty-four and twenty-five on the season.  August is shaping up to be Bellinger's best month in the minor leagues.  Cody is hitting .302/.347/.698 in twelve August games with five home runs, including the two last night.  How much of the power Bellinger retains at Double A remains to be seen, but there's little doubt that 2015 has ben his breakout season.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers strung enough base hits together and pitched around traffic to hold off the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins) 5-2.  Trevor Cahill allowed three hits and walked four in five innings but limited the damage to just two runs.  Ian Thomas, Adam Liberatore, and Juan Gonzalez shutout the Zephyrs for four innings of relief work.

Corey Seager went 2-5 with an RBI, while O'Koyea Dickson added a pair of hits, including a double, and two runs to the winning cause.  Darnell Sweeney singled and stole his 31st base of the season.  Ronald Torreyes also contributed with a pair of hits.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers allowed the Frisco Rough Riders (Rangers) leadoff hitter to score in the bottom of the first, and the run would become the game winner in 3-0 loss where the bats fell silent.  Peter Lavin had two hits and the only Driller extra base hit with his double.  Kyle Farmer and Brandon Trinkwon were among the Driller players with only one hit..

Jose De Leon made his second start from his disabled list stint and was mostly solid after the first run.  He would go three innings and strike out four, allowing no further runs.  Jharel Cotton once again followed him in relief, going three innings himself, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, a walk, and six strikeouts.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes dropped two in the loss column Wednesday night. losing 12-11 and 5-1 to High Desert (Rangers) in doubleheader action.  The first game saw the Quakes jump out to a 7-0 lead before the giving the lead away by the third inning.  Brandon Dixon, Jacob Scavuzzo, and Tyler Ogle joined Bellinger as home run hitters in the loss.  Brock Stewart could not escape the second inning before allowing five runs, while Matt Shelton allowed 6 runs in 4.1 innings of work.

Game two didn't go much better, with Joe Broussard allowing all five Maverick runs in the first inning.  The bats fell silent in game two, with only four Quake hits.  Spencer Navin and Joey Curletta each double in their only hits of the evening.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons rode a Jimmy Allen grand slam in the fourth inning to a 6-2 victory over the Kane County Cougars (Diamondbacks).  Allen's slam was one of three hits on the evening for the designated hitter.  Nick Sell was also impressive in just his third game up from Ogden, going a perfect 5-5 at the plate.  Alex Verdugo and Kyle Garlick also had a pair of hits each, and Verdugo added yet another outfield assist to his season total.

Tommy Bergjans was solid in his start once again.  The 2015 eighth rounder went five scoreless innings, striking out four while walking none for the win.  Scott Griggs pitched a perfect two innings in late relief to seal the victory.

Short Season Ogden

The Raptors blew a 4-1 lead in the eighth that sent this game to extras before two runs in the 12th gave Ogden a 6-4 victory over the Helena Brewers.  Matt Jones two RBI single in the 12th would give the Raptors their final margin.  The single was one of Matt jones two hits on the evening.  Kelvin Ramos double in his pinch hit appearance in the 12th inning to set up the opportunity for Jones.

Ivan Vietez started and went five scoreless innings, striking out three, walking one, and allowing just two hits.  After Corey Copping let the lead slip in the 8th inning, Marcus Crescentini and Hector Rodriguez would hold the Brewers to just one hit across the final four innings, with Rodriguez getting the win closing out the game.

Arizona Rookie League Dodgers

An ugly 11th inning saw the Dodgers as walk-off losers on Wednesday, falling 7-6 to the Athletics.  Shea Spitzbarth took the loss after opening the 11th inning with a catcher interference, walk, and intentional walk before a throwing error by Samuel Ortiz allowed the winning run to score. Angel German struck out seven across the opening three frames of the game.  Imani Abdullah struggled in the second inning of his outing, allowing two runs on just one hit and a hit by pitch.

Ariel Sandoval hit his sixth home run as part of his two hit night.  Mitchell Hansen had his third double of the season, going 1-5 before being replaced by Jared Walker in left field.  Girsel Pitre also had a pair of hits and RBI in the loss.

Transactions

Triple A: Shawn Zarraga was activated from seven day disabled list.

High A: Dillon Moyer was activated from the seven day disabled list, while Edwin Drexler was placed on the disabled list.  Kyle Hudson was released.

Tuesday box scores

Oklahoma City 5, New Orleans 2

Frisco 3, Tulsa 0

High Desert 12, Rancho Cucamonga 11 in game 1

High Desert 5, Rancho Cucamonga 1 in game 2

Great Lakes 6, Kane County 2

Ogden 6, Helena 4 in 12 innings

AZL Athletics 7, AZL Dodgers 6 in 11 innings

Thursday schedule

4:30 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Grant Holmes) at Kane County (Ethan Elias)

5:00 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Zach Lee) at New Orleans (Blake Logan)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Julio Urias) at Frisco (Jose Leclerc)

7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers (TBD) vs. AZL Indians (TBD)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Pablo Fernandez) at High Desert (Richelson Pena)