There were a couple of standout performances in the Dodgers minor leagues on Wednesday, in both Rancho Cucamonga and Iowa.
Player of the day
Johan Mieses was 2-for-3 with a hit by pitch and three RBI for Rancho Cucamonga, including a two-run home run in the second inning. He has a five-game hitting streak, has reached base by hit or walk in eight straight games, and in August is hitting .371 (13-for-35) with five home runs and 14 RBI in nine games.
The 20-year-old Dominican outfielder is hitting .245/.314/.509 with 23 home runs and 27 doubles in 100 games in the California League this season.
With 23 home runs on the season, Mieses is tied with Willie Calhoun for second place among Dodgers minor leaguers, two behind Edwin Rios.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Trevor Oaks pitched 7⅓ scoreless innings in a 7-0 road win over the Iowa Cubs, the first back-to-back shutouts for Oklahoma City since June 4-5 2009 against Memphis. First baseman O’Koyea Dickson and outfielder Corey Brown both homered and singled in the win.
Drafted in the seventh round in 2014 out of Cal Baptist in Riverside, one round after Brock Stewart, the 23-year-old Oaks has traveled a similar path in 2016, starting the year in the Cal League before jumping multiple levels.
Oaks has a 3.38 ERA in eight starts in Triple-A, averaging 6⅔ innings per start, and on the season is 13-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 22 starts, with 97 strikeouts and 20 walks, and has pitched 141⅓ innings, more than anyone else in the Dodgers organization, majors or minors in 2016.
The Drillers managed just five hits in losing the Midland RockHounds (A’s) 3-1 on Wednesday. Cody Bellinger had two hits in the loss, has five hits in his last three games, and in nine August games is hitting .281/.410/.594.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
In addition to Mieses, second baseman Noah Perio led the Quakes’ offensive attack in a 10-5 win over the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres). Perio was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBI. Outfielder Yusniel Diaz was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs scored in the win.
Wes Helsabeck allowed a run in six innings for the win, and struck out eight in six innings. The left-hander has 20 strikeouts and five walks in 20 innings since his promotion to Rancho Cucamonga.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons were off on Wednesday after a four-game series at South Bend. The return home Thursday to play the Lake County Captains (Indians).
After a Tuesday rainout, the Raptors split a doubleheader with the Great Falls Voyagers (White Sox), losing 6-1 and winning the nightcap 9-4, both seven-inning contests. Outfielder Mitch Hansen, the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in 2015, played left field in the first game and right field in the second, going a combined 3-for-7 with a double, triple, three runs scored, three RBI, and a stolen base.
Brandon Montgomery, drafted by the Dodgers in the 26th round this year, was also 3-for-7 with a double and triple, playing second base in the first game and third base in the second game.
Class-A: Pitcher Karch Kowalczyk sent to Arizona League Dodgers on a rehab assignment. He struck out three in a scoreless inning on Wednesday, his first time in a game since June 5.
Game 1: Great Falls 6, Ogden 1 (7)
Game 2: Ogden 9, Great Falls 4 (7)
AZL Dodgers vs. AZL White Sox, suspended (rain)
DSL Dodgers at DSL Astros, suspended (rain)
4:05 p.m. PT - Lake County (Triston McKenzie) at Great Lakes (Yadier Alvarez)
Alvarez, 20, has 31 strikeouts and only four walks in 18 innings since joining the Loons. Matt DeVries of the Loons wrote about Alvarez on Wednesday.
5:05 p.m.: Midland (Heath Freemyer) at Tulsa (Scott Barlow)
7:05 p.m.: Lake Elsinore (Enyel De Los Santos) at Rancho Cucamonga (Tommy Bergjans)