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Jharel Cotton strikes out 6 in 5 scoreless innings for Oklahoma City

Jharel Cotton has 17 strikeouts in three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.
Jharel Cotton has 17 strikeouts in three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.
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When it rains, it pours. For the Dodgers minor league affiliates on Tuesday, that meant from the clouds in the Pacific Coast League and from the bats in the California League.

Player of the day

Just about the only thing that could stop Jharel Cotton on Tuesday was rain, which cut short Oklahoma City's home win over Memphis. Cotton struck out six and walked one, while allowing only two hits in his five scoreless innings. Cotton struck out four consecutive batters at one point, including striking out the side in the fourth.

Cotton faced just two batters over the minimum on Tuesday, and in three starts so far this season has a 27.9-percent strikeout rate.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City behind Cotton beat the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 4-0 in a game shortened to just five innings by rain. Rob Segedin and Corey Brown helped pace the offense, each with two hits including a double, and Austin Barnes was 1-for-3 with a triple in the win.

Left fielder James Ramsey was 1-or-4 with a triple and a run batted in. The outfielder, acquired from Cleveland with utility man Zach Walters for cash, improved to 3-for-26 (.115) since joining Oklahoma City, with a home run, triple and double. Walters, who has started at shortstop, third base and second base for but didn't play on Tuesday, is just 2-for-20 (.100) so far with OKC.

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Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers lost 8-3 at home to the San Antonio Missions (Padres) thanks to six runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but that didn't put a damper on what could soon become quite the feel-good story this summer. Jordan Schafer pitched a scoreless frame in the eighth inning, and the 29-year-old converted outfielder thus far has seven scoreless innings in four games for Tulsa, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out six.

Chris Anderson struck out six in five innings and left with a lead, allowing two runs on three hits. He did walk three, but after 11 walks in his first eight innings this counts as a massive improvement.

Jacob Scavuzzo was 2-for-4, hit fourth multi-hit game in his last six starts.

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Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

Kyle Garlick picked up where he left off on Monday, but he wasn't alone on Tuesday. The Quakes hit three home runs in a 10-6 win at the Lancaster JetHawks (Astros). Garlick didn't homer, but he did go 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in the win.

Yusniel Diaz got the power show started with a three-run shot in the second, then later in the inning catcher Julian Leon and shortstop Erick Mejia each added solo shots of their own. It was the second home run in as many games for Diaz, the 19-year-old Cuban outfielder signed to a reported $15.5 million bonus in the offseason. In his last five games, Diaz has two triples to go with those two home runs.

For Mejia, it was his second home run in 146 games as a pro.

Leon was 3-for-5 and fell a triple short of the cycle.

Staked to a 10-0 lead, Grant Holmes wasn't his sharpest, though he cruised into the fifth before giving up any runs. He walked five in five innings but struck out six and allowed three runs for the win, and escaped his own jam by striking out the final three batters he faced.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons fell at home to the Dayton Dragons (Reds), 9-4, with starter Michael Boyle taking the loss allowing four runs (two earned) in 3⅔ innings, with four walks though he did strike out six.

Ariel Sandoval tripled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice in the loss. Omar Estevez was 2-for-4, his fourth multi-hit game in eight professional contests. Third baseman Nick Dean was 0-for-4 and is off to a 1-for-19 start this season.

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None on Tuesday, though that will change on Wednesday with Carl Crawford expected to start for Oklahoma City on a rehab assignment.


Back on Monday, Brock Stewart made his Double-A Tulsa debut but also was named California League Pitcher of the Week for the first 11 days of the season, going 2-0 while allowing one run in 11 innings, with 10 strikeouts and two walks with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. The 2014 sixth-round pick out of Illinois State has allowed one run in three starts this season, with 18 strikeouts in 16 innings.

Tuesday scores

Oklahoma City 4, Memphis 0 (5)

San Antonio 8, Tulsa 3

Rancho Cucamonga 10, Lancaster 6

Dayton 9, Great Lakes 4

Wednesday schedule

3:05 p.m. - Dayton (Franderlyn Romero) at Great Lakes (Nolan Long)

5:05 p.m. - Nashville (Jeremy Hefner) at Oklahoma City (Sam LeCure)

6:35 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (Tommy Bergjans) at Lancaster (Evan Grills)

Tulsa is off Wednesday.