Alex Verdugo had a three double night, while the Oklahoma City Dodgers are division champions.
Player of the day
Alex Verdugo is becoming a regular at this spot, continuing his torrid pace through the California League. Wednesday night, Verdugo went 3-3 with three doubles and a walk. Verdugo showed no signs of the mini slump he suffered to end the month of August, and is now hitting .338/.368/.592 in the California League while particularly enjoying the friendly road offensive environments, raising his away slash line to .368/.419/.684 for the level.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma City Dodgers were crowned American Northern Division champions Wednesday night after beating the Iowa Cubs 11-3. Andy Wilkins led the Dodger offense, going 2-5 with two home runs, driving in four runs. Chris Heisey also homered in his return to the organization. Corey Seager went 2-5 with a double, while Buck Britton had three hits out of the leadoff spot.
Here are your 2015 division champs! Hopefully more celebrations to come! pic.twitter.com/lqKzoo0T0F— OKC Dodgers (@okc_dodgers) September 3, 2015
The bullpen needed a night off and Eric Surkamp did his best to give them one. Surkamp went eight innings, striking out seven, while allowing three runs on nine hits. Ralston Cash worked himself in and out of trouble in his AAA debut, allowing no runs despite two hits and a walk in the ninth inning. Cash struck out two, including the final batter of the game to help send the Dodgers to the playoffs.
The Drillers powered through a recent string of pitching call ups to outduel the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals) 5-2. Rob Rogers was stellar in his AA debut, out-pitching Royals' top prospect Kyle Zimmer in a five inning-one run performance. Rogers struck out five against one walk. Scott Griggs pitched two innings in his AA debut, allowing one run while striking out three. Grant Dayton struck out all six batters he faced to earn his first AA save.
Brandon Dixon and Jarek Cunningham shared the load in carrying the Drillers' offense. Dixon went 2-4 with his nineteenth home run. Cunningham went 2-2 with two walks and a home run. Peter Lavin also added a pair of hits.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
A four run first inning paced the Quakes to a 7-4 victory over the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres). Alex Verdugo's three double game was the highlight for the offense. Tyler Ogle provided a pair of hits, and Willie Calhoun and Cody Bellinger each had a hit in the first inning run barrage.
Scott Barlow went five innings to start for Rancho Cucamonga, allowing three runs on four hits, three walks, and three strikeouts. Kyle Hooper pitched two perfect innings in relief of Barlow, striking out three.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons produced a shocking seven run comeback in the top of the ninth to beat the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 7-4. The Loons were held down for 4.1 innings by rehabbing Jays pitcher Marcus Strohman, but broke out for seven earned runs off reliever Carlos Ramirez. The rally was highlighted by a Justin Chigbogu three run home run. Julian Leon also had a pair of hits in four at bats.
Grant Holmes needed to pitch five innings to surpass the 100 inning season mark, but would only go four, allowing three runs on just two hits and two walks, striking out four. Bernardo Reyes got the win with a scoreless eighth and ninth inning in relief.
Short Season Ogden
The Ogden Raptors suffered a small setback in their race to the division title, falling a game back of Idaho Falls (Royals) after the Chukars walked off 5-4 winners. Gage Green led the way for the Raptors, going 4-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI. Brendon Davis had his first hit at the Short Season level with a double, and Jordan Paroubeck added a pair of hits and one RBI.
Chris Powell started for Ogden and lasted 3.2 innings, walking four while only striking out one, and allowing four runs, three earned. Brian Bass and Ivan Vietez held the game close for 4.1 scoreless innings before the Chukars won the game in the ninth off of Marcus Crescentini.
Triple A: Scott Schebler was recalled to the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Ralston Cash was promoted from Tulsa
Double A: Pitchers Rob Rogers and Scott Griggs were assigned to the Tulsa Drillers, taking the places of promoted arms Ralston Cash and Deck McGuire.
Low A: Pitchers Bernardo Reyes and Colin Hering were assigned to Great Lakes from Ogden.
Tuesday box scores
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Michael Boyle) at Lansing (TBD)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Zach Lee) vs. Iowa (Eric Jokisch)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Jose De Leon) vs. Northwest Arkansas (Paul Clemens)
5:30 p.m.: Ogden (Kevin Brown) vs. Grand Junction (Peter Lambert)
7:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (James Campbell) at Lake Elsinore (Kyle Lloyd)