There were some strong offensive performances across the Dodgers minor league landscape on Saturday, plus one very wild inning in the Dominican Summer League and a pair of walk-offs, one good and one not so good.
Player of the day
Rob Segedin after Sunday will head to Charlotte for the Triple-A All-Star Game, between the Pacific Coast League and International League on Wednesday night. But he'll also participate in the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday night, and on Saturday got a nice head start on those efforts.
Segedin homered and walked in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, then in the nightcap homered twice more and doubled, driving in three runs for Oklahoma City. On the day he drove in five runs, reached base five times in seven plate appearances, racked up 14 total bases, and stole a base for good measure.
It has been a stellar first half for the 27-year-old third baseman, now hitting .306/.386/.584 on the season, with 16 home runs, 17 doubles, 53 RBI and 54 runs scored in 80 games in Triple-A.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Behind Segedin and friends, Oklahoma City swept a doubleheader against the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), winning 5-1 and 9-4 in a pair of seven-inning contests. Zach Walters was also hot at the plate with five hits in the two games, including 4-for-4 with a home run and a double in Game 2.
Ross Stripling needed 67 pitches to get through 3⅔ innings in Game 1, but only allowed a run while striking out three. Logan Bawcom allowed only one unearned run in five innings in Game 2 to earn the win, and also struck out three.
A six-run seventh inning spoiled what was shaping up to be a good night for Chase De Jong and the Drillers, who fell 7-6 to the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) on Saturday night.
Kyle Garlick hit a three-run home run in the second inning that saw Tulsa grab a 6-0 lead, and De Jong entered the seventh inning up 6-1, allowing only three hits to that point. He even got the first two batters of the seventh before everything unraveled.
Three straight singles loaded the bases, then a walk forced in a run and ended De Jong's night. Ralston Cash entered in relief then allowed an infield single deflected off his glove to make it 6-3, then allowed a two-run double to James Ramsay, compounded by the ball getting away from catcher Shawn Zarraga into the Drillers' dugout, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Andrew Sopko struck out seven in seven strong innings, but suffered the hard-luck loss, allowing three runs in a 3-2 loss to the High Desert Mavericks (Rangers) on Saturday night in Adelanto. Down a run, the Quakes loaded the bases with one out in both the eighth and ninth innings but couldn't score the equalizer.
Catcher Garrett Kennedy homered for Rancho Cucamonga in defeat.
Class-A Great Lakes
Third baseman Noah Perio had three hits, stole a base and scored the winning run in the Loons' 7-6 walk-off win over the Dayton Dragons (Reds) on Saturday night. Outfielder Luke Raley, the Dodgers' seventh-round draft pick this year, singled home Perio to win the game for Great Lakes, one of his two hits on the night.
Second baseman Omar Estevez was 1-for-3 with a home run, extending his hitting streak to seven games. The 18-year-old Cuban import also walked for the fourth straight game. After struggling mightily in the first three months of the season, with 76 strikeouts against only 10 walks while hitting .206, he has been outstanding so far in July. This month he is 10-for-26 (.385) with two home runs, three doubles, four walks and three strikeouts in seven games.
The Raptors got home runs from outfielder D.J. Peters, third baseman Jared Walker and designated hitter Jordan Paroubeck, but found themselves on the wrong end of a walk-off. Grand Junction (Rockies) scored twice in the ninth inning for a 6-5 win.
Dominican Summer League
It was a rough day for pitchers Juan Herrera and Raul Ascanio in the third inning on Saturday against the DSL Red Sox. The inning went like this:
Walk, wild pitch, walk, passed ball, walk, hit by pitch, pitching change, walk, hit by pitch, strikeout, walk, ground out, wild pitch, walk, hit by pitch, out at home (presumably on another would-be wild pitch).
That's how to give up six runs in an inning without a hit.
10:05 a.m. PT: Omaha (Luke Farrell) at Oklahoma City (Trevor Oaks)
11:05 a.m.: Corpus Christi (Edison Frias) at Tulsa (Tim Shibuya)
11:05 a.m.: Dayton (Austin Orewiler) at Great Lakes (Michael Boyle)
4 p.m.: MLB Futures Game (ESPN)
5:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Yaisel Sierra) at High Desert (Ariel Jurado)
6:05 p.m.: Ogden (M.J. Villegas) at Grand Junction (Ty Culbreth)