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Alex Verdugo went 4-4 with a walk in his cycle-hitting performance Wednesday
Alex Verdugo went 4-4 with a walk in his cycle-hitting performance Wednesday

Alex Verdugo hits for the cycle in a night of heavy offense for the Quakes..

Player of the day

Alex Verdugo is loving his switch to the offensive friendly California League.  Verdugo went 4-4 at the plate with a single, double, triple, and home run.  The home run was his second in the last week, and he's now hitting .364 at the level, capping off a second half breakout that has managed to up his profile as a prospect.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Dodgers crumbled late in losing to the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies) 11-6.  This was not the debut that Chris Anderson was likely hoping for in Triple A, allowing six runs, five earned, in just 1.1 innings.  Joe Weiland cruised through five innings before running into trouble in the fifth, where he allowed five earned runs himself.

Scott Schebler hit home run number thirteen off ‘Topes starter Boone Whiting.  Austin Barnes went 2-4 with a double, raising his average to .318 while also adding his twelfth stolen base of the season.   Jose Peraza also had a pair of hits and a stolen base.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers came out on the losing end of another pitcher's duel in Arkansas, losing to the Travelers (Angels) 2-1.  fighting for a playoff spot with the Travs, Tulsa' chances have taken a big hit with back to back losses to start the two game series.  Ross Stripling was solid across five innings, allowing two runs and striking out three.  Joel Peralta pitched a scoreless inning in relief on his rehab assignment, striking out two.

Brandon Dixon was the lone offensive highlight.  Dixon had three hits, including the team's lone run on a solo home run in the 2nd inning to give the Driller's a lead they would quickly relinquish.  Only three other Drillers had hits on the night.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes took full advantage of the Lancaster launching pad, defeating the JetHawks (Astros) 10-2.  As mentioned, Alex Verdugo was the offensive star, hitting for the cycle and driving in four runs.  Cody Bellinger hit home run number twenty-nine and walked twice.  Kyle Garlick also had a pair of hits and a walks for the Quakes.

Trevor Oaks got the win with five strong innings.  He allowed one run on six hits, only walking and striking out one apiece, but had a 6-4 groundout to fly out ratio.  Brock Stewart pitched two clean innings in relief, striking out three.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons paid the price for sloppy defense, committing three errors in a 6-4 loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) 6-4.  Andrew Sopko went just 3.2 innings in taking the loss, allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits, two walks, and two strikeouts.  The Campbell's James and Matt combined for 5.1 innings of one run pitching in relief.

Nick Sell scored twice on just one hit but two walks.  Brian wolfe paced all Loons hitters with a pair of hits, while Justin Chigbogu had a double and RBI in the losing effort.

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Short Season Ogden

The Ogden Raptors came within one inning of shutting out the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals), ultimately winning 5-1.  Jairo Pacheco pitched six strong innings, striking out six while only walking one and allowing just four hits.  Pacheco kept the ball on the ground, with an 8-2 ground out to fly out ratio in earning his sixth win on the season.

Faustino Oguisten paced the offense with three hits, including his first home run with the Raptors.  Alex Santana had a pair of doubles and an RBI to aid the cause.

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Arizona Rookie League Dodgers

The Dodgers scored ten runs on eleven hits in while outlasting the Brewers 11-6.  Ibandel Isabel went 2-4 with two doubles to lead the offense.  Jared Walker added a pair of hits and RBI of his own.  Ariel Sandoval had three hits in four at bats, while also drawing a walk.

Nolan Long continues to overmatch the Rookie League, going five innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out six.  The runs came against the bullpen with Daniel Canellas and Gavin Pittore each allowing a pair of runs in one inning of work.

Transactions

Triple A: The Dodgers placed Chin Hui Tsao on the temporarily inactive list.

Double A: Joel Peralta was assigned to Tulsa to start his rehab assignment.

Tuesday box scores

Albuquerque 11, Oklahoma City 6

Arkansas 2, Tulsa 1

Rancho Cucamonga 10, Lancaster 2

Bowling Green 6, Great Lakes 4

Ogden 5, Idaho Falls 1

AZL Dodgers 11, AZL Brewers 6

Thursday schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Isaac Anderson) at South Bend (James Norwood)

5:10 p.m.: Tulsa (Eric Stults) at Arkansas (Kyle McGowin)

5:30 p.m.: Ogden (Adam Bray) vs. Idaho Falls (Derek Gordon)

6:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Eric Surkamp) at El Paso (Jason Lane)

6:30 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Scott Barlow) at Lancaster (David Paulino)

7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers (TBD) at AZL Giants (TBD)