A pair of Dodgers affiliates saw their first-half playoff pursuits end on Sunday, with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa both losing. But arguably the hottest pitcher in the farm system had a great start in just his second start with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Player of the day
Brock Stewart has shot up the Dodger prospect charts since joining the club as a sixth-round pick in 2014. On Saturday he punched out 10 in his second start with Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing just five hits and one run over seven frames. The right-hander has a 1.35 ERA in 14 starts across three levels this season, leading all Dodgers minor leaguers with 86 strikeouts against only 13 walks in 80 innings.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Player of the day Stewart led the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins) on Sunday. Stewart won his second game since joining Triple-A, while Jacob Rhame permitted a run in the eighth. Luis Avilan saved his fourth game of the season after tossing a scoreless ninth.
At the dish right fielder James Ramsey connected on his sixth homer of the season, while Charlie Cumberson was 2-for-5 with a two-run shot.
The Drillers had just two extra-base hits on Sunday as they fell to the Springfield Cardinals 5-2. Kyle Garlick was 1-for-3 with a double, while shortstop Jordan Trasovich drove in a run with a single.
Starter Tim Shibuya allowed four hits and three runs over four frames. Michael Johnson threw well in relief, but Daniel Corcino got hit hard and did not allow the Drillers to get back into the game.
Entering the game, Tulsa needed to beat Springfield both Sunday and Monday to capture North Division first-half honors in the Texas League.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes came up short in their first-half division title quest in a loss to the San Jose Giants 5-3. Rancho Cucamonga finished one game back of High Desert in the California League South Division despite finishing 42-28, its best first-half record ever.
Starter Andrew Sopko allowed five hits and four runs over five frames, punching out five along the way. Luis De Paula tossed a couple of shutout frames, while Bubby Rossman permitted a run in relief.
At the dish Rancho had just on extra-base hit in his game, with Edwin Rios going 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Devan Ahart and Matt Beady also each drove in a run to keep the game close.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons were shutout on Sunday, falling to the Dayton Dragons (Reds) 1-0. Brendon Davis was 1-for-4 with a double, but that was about it for Great Lakes' offense.
Starter Chris Powell took a run at the player of the day after allowing just three hits over five shutout frames. Wes Helsabeck punched out five over the next thee innings while maintaining the shutout, but Brian Bass gave up the run in the top of the ninth to take the loss.
Rookie level Ogden
The Raptors had an off day on Sunday, but will host Grand Junction in their home opener on Monday.
Triple A: Alex Hassan was activated from the disabled list, Carlos Frias was recalled to the Dodgers, and Mike Bolsinger was optioned to Oklahoma City.
9 a.m. PT - Oklahoma City (Jharel Cotton) at New Orleans (Paul Clemens)
5:05 p.m. - Springfield (Corey Baker) at Tulsa (Chase De Jong)
6 p.m. - Grand Junction (Mike Nikorak) at Ogden (Jairo Pacheco)