The biggest names came to play on Tuesday night across the Dodgers minor league spectrum.
Player of the day
Jharel Cotton, a few days after his promotion to Triple-A, make his Oklahoma City debut, pitching two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed two hits and a walk, but also struck out six.
RHP Jharel Cotton just struck out the side in his AAA debut for OKC Dodgers. Impressive inning.— Josh Suchon (@Josh_Suchon) August 26, 2015
Make that six strikeouts for Cotton over 2 innings, all with the change.— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) August 26, 2015
AAA debut for RHP Jharel Cutton: 2 IP, 6 K ... and a two-run triple. That changeup is ridiculous.— Josh Suchon (@Josh_Suchon) August 26, 2015
To top that off, he hit a two-run triple at the plate, and on the season is 3-for-6 with three RBI, his only professional experience on offense.
Wow, Jharel Cotton's first Triple-A at-bat results in a 2-run triple. #Topes now trail 4-1.— Chris Jackson (@TopesWriter) August 26, 2015
Triple-A Oklahoma City
In addition to Cotton's exploits, Corey Seager homered in Oklahoma City's 8-2 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies). Seager went 22 games without a home run before hitting one on Friday, and now has three long balls in his last five games. Seager was 2-for-5, his eighth multi-hit contest in his last 17 games.
Julio Urias was awesome but the Drillers came up on the wrong end of a pitchers duel, losing 1-0 to the Arkansas Travelers (Angels) in a game that took just 1:59 to complete. Urias pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three singles and a triple. Urias struck out only three but walked none, and in his last four starts has 19 strikeouts against only two walks in 22 innings, to go with a 1.64 ERA.
Tulsa didn't collect a hit in seven innings against Angels prospect Sean Newcomb, with the Drillers' only hit a two-out triple in the eighth inning by Erisbel Arruebarrena against relief pitcher Greg Mahle.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Cody Bellinger hit his 28th home run of the season, but the Quakes fell 12-7 to the Lancaster JetHawks (Astros). Bellinger was 2-for-4 as the designated hitter and drove in three runs, giving him 91 RBI on the season. The last Dodgers minor leaguer with 30 home runs and 100 RBI in a California League season was Chin-Feng Chen (31 home runs, 123 RBI) with San Bernardino in 1999.
Fresh off the disabled list, infielder Dillon Moyer pitched a perfect eighth inning in emergency mop-up duty, striking out two in his first time on the mound as a professional.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
A four-run 11th inning sank the Loons in an 8-4 loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays). Dodgers 2015 eighth-round draft pick Tommy Bergjans struck out five and allowed one run in four innings in his start for Great Lakes.
Second baseman Mike Ahmed was 3-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI in defeat.
Center fielder Gage Green, drafted by the Dodgers this year in the 35th round, hit a two-out, three-run double in the top of the ninth inning, turning a one-run deficit into a 4-2 Raptors win over the Orem Owlz (Angels) on Tuesday night. Green was the only Raptor on the night with two hits, and drove in all four Ogden runs.
Class-A: The Quakes played disabled list tag team with a pair of infielders, with Moyer activated and Delvis Morales hitting the shelf.
This week a pair of Quakes were named 2015 California League All-Stars (the postseason honor, not the midseason game), with Bellinger and catcher Tyler Ogle taking getting rewarded.
In addition, outfielder Alex Verdugo, now with Rancho Cucamonga, was named a Midwest League All-Star for his work this season with Great Lakes.
Tuesday box scores
Oklahoma City 8, Albuquerque 2
Lancaster 12, Rancho Cucamonga 7
Bowling Green 8, Great Lakes 4 (11)
4:05 p.m. PT: Bowling Green (Heny Centeno) at Great Lakes (Andrew Sopko)
5:10 p.m.: Tulsa (Ross Stripling) at Arkansas (Michael Brady)
5:30 p.m.: Idaho Falls (Royals) (Carter Hope) at Ogden (Jairo Pacheco)
5:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Joe Wieland) at Albuquerque (Boone Whiting)
6:30 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Trevor Oaks) at Visalia (Bryan Radziewski)