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Loons dominate in 5-2 victory

Alex Verdugo out-hit the Rattlers on Friday as his three base knocks determined the outcome for the Loons

Loons won on Friday
Loons won on Friday
Brandon Lennox

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The OKC Dodgers got doubled up on Friday, falling to the Sky Sox (Brewers) 6 to 3. Starter Zach Lee took the loss as he gave up four runs on eight hits. He did not walk a batter in this game but he also only struck out three. Chris Hatcher didn't allow a hit in his rehab appearance, but he did permit a walk and that baserunner eventually came around to score. Yimi Garcia also struggled in this game as he gave up a homer which increased his AAA ERA to 7.11.

At the dish the Dodgers only had one extra base hit in this game, and that was a solo homer by Andy Wilkins. Jose Peraza, playing second base in this game, was 2-for-4 with a stolen base, while SS Corey Seager was 0-for-3.


Double-A Tulsa

Julio Urias allowed eight hits and struck out just two batters over five innings on Friday, but he still managed to record the win as Tulsa defeated the Naturals (Royals) 4 to 1. Urias gave up his only run in the top of the first, then worked around the rest of the base knocks to get through the rest of the night unscathed. Deck McGuire followed with three shutout frames, then Ramon Benjamin recorded his first Driller save with a scoreless ninth.

On offense, Brandon Trinkwon had the only multi-hit game as he was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Lars Anderson drove in run with RBI single in the first, while Kyle Farmer doubled and scored a run.


Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes got a solid performance out of newcomer Pablo Fernandez and recorded a 9-6 victory over the Ports (A's). Fernandez picked up the victory despite permitting four a runs thanks to a trio of relievers.

At the dish Cody Bellinger put together a solid game with three hits and three RBI's including a couple of homers, giving him 23 on the season. Brandon Dixon also went deep with a 3-run blast.

Low Class-A

A pair of top Dodger prospects were on display on Friday as the Loons defeated the Timber Rattlers (Brewers) 5 to 2. Starter Grant Holmes put together another strong performance as he allowed just two hits and one run over 4⅔ frames, lowering his ERA to 2.55.  He did however walk three while punching out just one. Jose Alberto Molina stole the win with 2⅓ shutout frames, then J.D. Underwood finished out the victory with a trio of strikeouts.

At the plate Alex Verdugo was the star as he was 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI's. It should be noted, however, that while the 19 year old center fielder is hitting .293, his OPS for the season is just .720. Matt Beaty was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, while Justin Chigbogu also had a two-bagger and got his average ever closer to the Mendoza line at .198.


Rookie-level Pioneer

The Raptors tossed a three-hit shutout on Friday as the Raptors blanked the Mustangs (Reds) 5 to 0. 2015 27th round pick starter Ivan Vieitez lasted five innings and gave up just two hits, then a trio of relievers finished out the win.

At the dish Logan Landon was 2-for-5 with a couple of doubles, then Matt Jones connected on his seventh homer of the season to secure the win.


Rookie-level Arizona

2015 11th-rounder Imani Abdullah tossed three scoreless innings as the Dodgers fell to the Brewers 7 to 5. Abdullah lowered his ERA to 3.75 in the defeat thanks to a couple of unearmed runs. Angel German tossed a trio of frames and allowed the opposition to get back into the game, then Caleb Ferguson took the loss after allowing a trio of runs.

At the plate both Yensys Capellan and Brandon Davis were 1-for-4 with a double, knocking in a run each. Mitch Hansen was 2-for-4 with a double, while Nicolas Pierre had three hits and scored three runs in this contest.

Dominican Summer League

The Dodgers failed to record an extra base hit on Friday as they fell to the Mariners 6 to 2. Despite the loss starter Adalberto Pena was extremely effective on the mound as he allowed just 2 hits and an unearned run over five innings of work. It was reliever Rawel Peralta who took the loss after permitting four runs in less than two frames.

As mentioned the Dodger offense was limited to just singles in this game, but 19 year old first baseman Luis Paz still managed to put together a solid game by going 2-for-4 with a RBI.


Rookie: 21 year old Jimy Perez was assigned to the Arizona Dodgers after spending almost three seasons in the Dominican Summer League.

Friday box scores

Colorado Springs 6, Oklahoma City 3

Tulsa 4, NW Arkansas 1

Rancho Cucamonga 9, Stockton 6

Great Lakes 5, Wisconsin 2

Ogden 5 , Billings 0

AZL Brewers 7, AZL Dodgers 5

DSL Mariners 6, DSL Dodgers 2

Saturday schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Luis De Paula) vs. Wisconsin (Cody Ponce)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Brandon Beachy) vs. Colorado Springs (Hiram Burgos)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Ross Stripling) vs. NW Arkansas (Jonathan Dziedzic)

5:05 p.m.: Ogden (Jairo Pacheco) at Billings (Jacob Constante)

7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers vs. AZL Brewers

7:10 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Chase De Jong) at Stockton (Dylan Covey)