Player of the day
Much like last season, Alex Verdugo seems to heat up with the weather. Verdugo went three for four with a double in Tulsa's victory Wednesday night, upping his July slash line to .378/.420/.511 in eleven games. While Verdugo hasn't shown an abundance of power or the opportunistic base stealing he flashed at the end of last season, he's proving to be the most pure hitter in the organization. A call up to Oklahoma City in the second half shouldn't be out of consideration.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers were off Wednesday in deference to the Triple A All Star game. Dodgers representative Rob Segedin failed to register a hit in his only plate appearance.
The Drillers built a comfortable early lead but had to hold on late to defeat the Arkansas Travelers (Angels) 6-4. Alex Verdugo led the offense with a three for four night. Kyle Garlick and Drew Maggi also added a pair of hits.
Jeremy Kehrt struck out seven and walked just one in five and two-third innings of work, but could not exit the sixth before allowing three in the frame, and four for the game. Ralston Cash struck out three in one and a third innings of relief.
High Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
A late rally was not enough for the Quakes, as they fell to the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels) 11-6. All three pitchers that entered the game for Rancho Cucamonga were touched for runs, with Felipe Gonzalez giving up five in five innings, Corey Copping four in one inning, and Adam Bray two in three, though just one was earned.
Erick Mejia led the charge for the offense, going four for five with a home run. Tim Locastro added three hits in five at bats, including a home run of his own, while Matt Beaty contributed a pair of singles and a walk in four plate appearances.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons struggled for runs in a 6-2 loss to the Burlington Bees (Angels). Brendon Davis went two for four with a run driven in. Saige Jenco also had a hit in four at bats in his first game at the full season level. Will Smith went one for four with a run scored.
Isaac Anderson took the loss with two runs allowed in five innings of work. Most of the damage done by the Bees came at the expense of Rob McDowell, who allowed three runs in just two thirds of an inning of relief work. Dennis Santana allowed a run and three walks in just two innings, as the Dodgers continue to work to limit his innings.
Short Season Ogden
The Raptors rode a four run second inning to an easy victory over the Missoula Osprey (Diamondbacks) 8-2. Mitchell Hansen continued a pair of streaks, upping his hit streak to eight games and his home run streak to three in a one for five night. Errol Robinson also hit his first professional home run in a one for three night. Ibandel Isabel also went three for four with his third home run of the season.
Roberth Fernandez was impressive in starting, pitching five one run innings while striking out seven. Johan Diaz followed with two scoreless innings of relief, striking out three.
Rookie AZL Dodgers
The AZL Dodgers clubbed nineteen hits in a 14-2 drubbing of the AZL Angels. Six players had multi-hit games, led by Andres Ayon and Steve Berman with four. Gavin Lux and Christian Santana added a pair of his in two for five games.
Dustin May was again solid in striking, striking out three in three innings while only allowing one run and walking none. AJ Alexy followed May in making his professional debut, striking out two in two innings while allowing his first professional run. Kam Uter finished off the game with a pair of strikeouts in a clean ninth inning.
Dominican Summer League Dodgers 1 and 2
The DSL Dodgers 1 fell to the DSL Orioles 2 9-8. Starling Heredia went three for five with a double.
The DSL Dodgers 2 lost to the DSL Rays 1 10-1. Orlandy Navarro allowed just two hits and no runs in five innings of work.
Double A: The Drillers placed Michael Johnson on the disabled list and received Randy Choate from Oklahoma City.
Low A: The Loons had several comings and goings. Cristian Gomez and Garrett Harrison were placed on the disabled list, while Dian Toscano was moved up to Rancho Cucamonga. Saige Jenco was called up from Ogden, while Isaac Anderson was activated from the disabled list to start Wednesday's game. Jake Henson was also activated off the disabled list.
Rookie: The AZL Dodgers added James Carter to the roster, while sending Sven Schuller to Ogden and Alec Grosser to Rancho Cucamonga.
Tuesday box scores
4:30 p.m.: ET: Great Lakes (Imani Abdullah) at Burlington (Ronnie Glenn)
5:10 p.m.: Tulsa (Scott Barlow) at Arkansas (Alex Blackford)
6:00 p.m.: Ogden (TBD) vs. Missoula (Chester Pimentel)
7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers at AZL Reds
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Josh Sborz) at Inland Empire (Jared Ruxer)
7:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart) at Reno (TBD)