Dodger minor league teams split their four games on Thursday. Oklahoma City and Rancho Cucamonga lose close games while Tulsa and Great Lakes get strong offense and pitching to win their games.
Player of the day
Jacob Scavuzzo hit one of three Driller home runs on Thursday, he went 3-for-4 with a double and a grand slam home run. Scavuzzo’s .468 slugging pct is impressive considering his .210 batting average and .246 on-base pct.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Dodgers opened their home series against the Fresno Grizzlies (Astros) with a 5-3 loss. Fabio Castillo started for the Dodgers and gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings of work. Layne Somsen pitched three innings and allowed a run, three hits and struck out five.
The Dodgers scored all of their runs on solo home runs by Willie Calhoun, Darnell Sweeney, and Bobby Wilson. Calhoun went 3-for-5 and also had a double. Alex Verdugo did not have an official at-bat as he walked four times.
The Drillers scored three runs in the second and six runs in the third and went on to beat NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals) 9-3 in their first game of their series. Joshua Sborz had another solid start for the Drillers.
Sborz pitched five scoreless innings and gave up five hits, one walk and struck out three. It was his third consecutive start of five or more scoreless innings.
Despite Edwin Rios going hitless, the Drillers were able to put up 16 hits. Kyle Farmer had four hits and Kyle Garlick, Jose Miguel Fernandez and Jacob Scavuzzo each had three hits.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes gave up a run in the fifth to San Jose Giants that proved to be the game-winner in the 3-2 win by the Giants. Caleb Ferguson gave up the three runs (two earned) in six innings pitched. Alex Hermeling pitched two scoreless innings but it was too late.
The Quakes scored when with two out, a passed ball scored Erick Mejia and later, an error scored Luke Raley. The Quakes could only muster three hits, all singles, and they only had two plate appearances with runners in scoring position and left only one runner on base.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons defeated Clinton LumberKings (Mariners) 9-3 behind an 11-hit attack including a four-hit game from shortstop Gavin Lux. Devin Smeltzer pitched 5⅓ innings and got his second win. Smeltzer allowed two runs, three hits, walked two and struck out five.
Besides Lux, second baseman Brendon Davis continues his outstanding season, he’s hitting .292/.415/.491 with only his 40 strikeouts in 113 being something to raise a concern. Luis Paz also had two hits.
Triple-A: Oklahoma City activated infielder Ike Davis from the 7-day disabled list; outfielder Logan Landon assigned to Oklahoma City from Rancho Cucamonga; left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell assigned to Extended Spring Training from Oklahoma City.
Class-A: Infielder Zach McKinstry assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Great Lakes.
4:30 p.m.: Great Lakes (A.J. Alexy) at Clinton (Danny Garcia)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Justin Masterson) vs. Fresno (Trent Thornton)
5:15 p.m.: Tulsa (Walker Buehler) at NW Arkansas (Emilio Ogando)
7:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dennis Santana) at Visalia Rawhide [Diamondbacks] (Jose Almonte)