The Dodgers' affiliates rode home runs from hot hands Cody Thomas, Edwin, Rios, and Cody Bellinger for a handful of victories on the farm.
Player of the day
Though the power hasn't been quite as prodigious this year, Cody Bellinger still shows plenty of pop, which he put on display Wednesday with a grand slam in the first inning to lead the way to a Drillers' victory. Bellinger later added a double and a walk, upping his slash line to .259/.357/.453 on the season. Bellinger has also cut his strikeout rate by 6% in Double A from his impressive season last year in the California League.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers were postponed Wednesday as rain washed out their contest with the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals).
The Drillers jumped on the Springfield Cardinals early, with a grand slam by Bellinger in the first paving the way to a 7-5 victory. Kyle Farmer also homered in his return to the Drillers as part of a two for four game. Willie Calhoun and Kyle Garlick also doubled for the Drillers.
Chase De Jong was not as crisp put pitched well enough to earn the win. De Jong struck out just one and walked three over five innings, allowing three runs. Gus Schlosser pitched a perfect final inning and a third to earn his fourth save.
High Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Strong pitching helped the Quakes hold the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels) in check for a 4-2 win. Andrew Sopko won his eleventh game for the Quakes, going six innings, walking none, and allowing two runs. Yasiel Sierra has started to show some potential in moving to the pen, following Sopko with two scoreless innings, striking out two.
Edwin Rios led the way for the offense, homering again, his sixteenth for Rancho Cucamonga. Erick Mejia went two for four out of the leadoff spot, while Ariel Sandoval walked and doubled in a one for two game.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons could not hold on to an early lead in falling to the Dayton Dragons 7-5. Imani Abdullah ran into trouble in the fourth inning that he could not escape, surrendering four runs and exiting after just three and a third innings. Alex Hermeling kept the Loons close with two scoreless innings to end the game.
The Loons had fifteen hits in the loss, led by Omar Estevez's three for four, two double performance. Will Smith went two for five to up his average to .265 with Great Lakes. Brendon Davis also added a pair of hits.
Short Season Ogden
The Raptors split a pair with the Helena Brewers, losing a resumed game 6-5 before winning the scheduled game 10-4. The Raptors' rally fell short in game one, after allowing five runs in the first inning. Cody Thomas homered as part of the comeback. Gregor Mora held the Raptors close with three and a third scoreless innings in relief.
The Raptors faired much better in game two, led again by Cody Thomas homering as part of a two for four game. Gersel Pitre went three for four while driving in a pair of runs, and Jordan Paroubeck walked twice and homered. Johan Diaz threw two and a third innings of relief, allowing just one unearned run to earn the win.
Rookie AZL Dodgers
The AZL Dodgers needed nine pitchers across twelve innings to defeat the AZL White Sox 8-7. Most notably, Jordan Sheffield made his professional debut, throwing a perfect first inning for the Dodgers, forcing all three batters to ground out. Logan Crouse pitched the most innings of the nine arms, allowing three runs (one earned) in three innings of work. Misja Harcksen pitched the final inning and a third to earn the win.
Gavin Lux had a pair of hits and runs and a walk in six plate appearances to lead the charge for the Raptors. Cristian Santana also went two for five with a run scored. Dylan Cook tripled as part of a two for five game.
Dominican Summer League Dodgers 1 and 2
The DSL Dodgers 1 defeated the DSL Cubs 2 4-1. Jesus Vargas struck out five over five innings for the win.
The DSL Dodgers 2 lost to the DSL Red Sox 1 6-0. Alberto Estrella went two for four with a triple.
Double A: The Drillers placed Scott Barlow on the disabled list, activating Afredo Figaro from the disabled list to take his place.
Short Season: The Raptors received Oscar Arzaga from the AZL Dodgers to take Sheffield's place on the roster.
Rookie: The AZL Dodgers formally added Jordan Sheffield to the roster from Ogden to make his professional debut.
Tuesday box scores
3:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart) at Memphis (TBD)
4:00 p.m.: ET: Great Lakes (Mitchell White) at Dayton (Austin Orewiler)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Lisalverto Bonilla) vs. Arkansas (Jose Molina)
6:00 p.m.: Ogden (Roberth Fernandez) vs. Orem (Travis Herrin)
7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers at AZL Mariners
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) vs. High Desert (TBD)