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Carlos Rincon homers again, plus solid debuts for Walker Buehler & A.J. Alexy

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Carlos Rincon just keeps hitting home runs for Great Lakes
Photo credit: Tomo San | LA Dodgers

Monday on the Dodgers’ farm saw a pair of stellar seasonal pitching debuts, and some offense from several notable players.

Player of the day

Great Lakes left fielder Carlos Rincon hit two home runs in the Loons’ first win of the year on Monday. He drove in four runs and also walked twice. Rincon has a home run in each of the last three games, hitting four total during that span.

The 19-year-old outfielder, signed for a $350,000 bonus on July 2, 2015 out of the Dominican Republic, has taken quite well to the Midwest League. He is 6-for-15 with five extra-base hits and three walks so far in his first exposure to full-season ball.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Though OKC trailed 2-1 after Julio Urias left the game in the fourth inning, the offense rallied to beat the Iowa Cubs 5-2 in Monday morning’s series finale. Cody Bellinger was 3-for-4 on the day and is 10-for-21 (.476) in the early going.

Alex Verdugo tripled, while Willie Calhoun, Chris Taylor and Darnell Sweeney doubled. Brett Eibner didn’t start but hit a two-run home run. This followed a 4-for-4 day on Sunday. In his last eight plate appearances, dating back to Friday, Eibner is 7-for-7 with three home runs, a double, and a hit by pitch.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers got home runs from catcher Kyle Farmer and outfielder Stetson Allie but it wasn’t enough in a 6-3 loss to the Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers), a game called in the seventh inning because of rain.

Farmer was 2-for-4 and Allie was 2-for-3 in the loss. Shortstop Tim Locastro also had two hits for Tulsa, including a double.

Ralston Cash struck out five in two innings of relief, allowing one run.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

Walker Buehler, the Dodgers first-round pick in 2015 out of Vanderbilt, struck out four in his 2017 debut, in the Quakes’ 3-1 road win over the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels).

Buehler allowed only a single and an unearned run in his three innings. Gavin Pittore, Alex Hermeling, and Shea Spitzbarth each pitched two scoreless innings in relief to finish off the win.

Slugging first baseman Ibandel Isabel hit a solo home run in the seventh inning for the go-ahead score, his third of the season.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons got offense from the heart of the order in a 6-2 win over the Lake County Captains (Indians), for their first win of the season.

In addition to the No. 2 hitter Rincon, the Loons also got a home run from shortstop and No. 3 hitter Brendon Davis, who also walked twice in the game. Davis is off to a hot start this season, 7-for-14 (.500) with four extra-base hits and four walks in the early going.

A.J. Alexy, the Dodgers’ 11th-round pick out of high school in Pennsylvania in 2016, made his full-season debut on Tuesday with three scoreless innings, retiring nine of his 10 batters faced. Alexy allowed no hits and just one walk, while striking out four.

Transactions

Triple-A: Julio Urias joined Oklahoma City from Rancho Cucamonga, and pitcher Fabio Castillo was transferred to Double-A Tulsa. Class-A: Pitcher Wes Helsabeck transferred from Tulsa to Rancho, and Walker Buehler joined the Quakes from extended spring training. Pitcher James Carter was transferred to extended spring training. Infielder Moises Perez was transferred from extended spring training to Great Lakes, and pitcher Kam Uter was sent to extended spring training.

Monday scores

Oklahoma City 5, Iowa 2

Frisco 6, Tulsa 3 (7 innings)

Rancho Cucamonga 3, Inland Empire 1

Great Lakes 6, Lake County 2

Tuesday schedule

9:05 a.m. PT: Tulsa (Scott Barlow) at Frisco (TBD)

3:30 p.m.: Great Lakes (Parker Curry) at Lake County (Micah Miniard)

4:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Trevor Oaks) at Nashville Sounds [Athletics] (Daniel Gossett)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) at Inland Empire (Jaime Barria)