Dodger minor league pitchers only gave up runs in two of the 36 innings they pitched today. That was good for three big wins and a one-run loss.
Player of the day
Several players could be named player of the day but I am going with Great Lakes left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer. Smeltzer pitched six scoreless innings and struck out eight in the Loons 9-0 win.
Those six innings extended his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 15 innings pitched in his last three appearances. The 21-year old has struck out 21 and walked just two in his 18 innings of work in April.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City had to get up early for their late morning start time but it paid off as they won their second straight game by a 6-0 score over the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals). Jair Jurrjens pitched six innings and gave up no runs, four hits, one walk and struck out four.
Patrick Schuster and Layne Somsen followed Jurrjens and did not allow any runs or hits in their work on Tuesday.
Willie Calhoun and O’Koyea Dickson had big games at the plate. Calhoun was 3-for-5 with a double and his first home run of the season. Dickson also doubled and homered, he also walked twice and scored three runs.
The Drillers scored first but a three-run second inning by the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners) was just a little too much and the Travelers won 3-2 to take the second game of their series. Isaac Anderson gave up the three runs in his 4⅓ innings of work.
Tim Shibuya and Yaisel Sierra kept the Drillers close by finishing the game with no more runs scored by the Travelers.
Edwin Rios and Matt Beaty each had three hits. Rios has done everything but walk (two walks in 72+ plate appearances) in the early season, he is hitting .386/.403/.614 with three home runs and seven doubles.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes won their fifth straight game on Tuesday night taking down the San Jose Giants 9-1 behind some more excellent pitching and hitting. Grant Dayton, Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed reliever, made a rehab start and he struck out the side.
However, Dennis Santana was the pitching star of the night at Rancho Cucamonga. Santana pitched six innings, allowed a run, six hits, one hit-by-pitch and he struck out seven.
The Quakes offense produced nine runs, 12 hits and received eight walks. Ibandel Isabel hit a two-run home run in the fourth that gave the Quakes the lead that they never relinquished. Isabel was 3-for-4 with that home run, he also hit a double and scored three runs.
Drew Jackson had two hits, Yusniel Diaz, Drew Jackson and Luke Raley each had two hits. Will Smith extended his hitting streak to ten games with a single.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons won their third straight by defeating the Lake County Captains (Indians) 9-0. It was a 1-0 game until the Loons scored eight runs in the sixth inning.
Smeltzer faced only one batter over the minimum in his six innings. In his last three games, Smeltzer has struck out 19 and walked one in 15 innings pitched.
The Loons had 14 hits, two were extra-base hits, a Cody Thomas double and a home run by Brendon Davis. Carlos Rincon and Mitchell Hansen each had three hits, Oneil Cruz, Davis, Cody Thomas and Keibert Ruiz had two hits apiece.
Triple-A: Los Angeles selected the contract of 1B/outfielder Cody Bellinger from Oklahoma City; Los Angeles optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Oklahoma City.
Double-A: Tulsa activated outfielder Johan Mieses from the 7-day disabled list; outfielder Logan Landon assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Tulsa.
Class-A: Los Angeles sent left-handed pitcher Grant Dayton on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga; infielder Garrett Hope assigned to Dodgers Extended Spring Training from Rancho Cucamonga; right-handed pitcher Miguel Urena assigned to Great Lakes from Arizona Dodgers.
10:35 a.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Walker Buehler) vs. San Jose (Jake McCasland )
11:05 a.m.: Great Lakes (A.J. Alexy) vs. Lake County (Juan Hillman)
2:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Colt Hynes) vs. Arkansas Travelers (Tyler Herb)