RANCHO CUCAMONGA —— The Dodger minor league teams split their four games on Tuesday night. Oklahoma City and Rancho Cucamonga prevailed while Tulsa and Great Lakes went down to defeat. Coincidentally, all the losing teams scored two runs in their games.
Player of the day
Fabio Castillo had his best start of the season, he pitched six innings and gave up a run and three hits while striking out eight.
Dodger injuries update
Adrian Gonzalez and Logan Forsythe both played for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Tuesday night. Forsythe batted second as the designated hitter while Gonzalez batted in his familiar third spot and played first.
Forsythe was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Gonzalez went 0-for-2 with two walks.
After the game Gonzalez said the physical issues that put him on the disabled list were no longer a problem.
“The main things that I went on the DL for are not there no more,” Gonzalez said. “I think the things that were bothering me the most are not there anymore so that’s good.”
Since this was the first time Gonzalez had been on the disabled list, this was his first rehab game at a minor league stadium and Gonzalez had nice things to say about that.
“It was fun,” he said. “You get to interact with the fans a little more, more of a close-knit stadium. Everybody is right there, so it was fun.”
Gonzalez was in good spirits after the game so when one of reporters asked when he’ll be ready to when he gets “called back up,” Gonzalez went with that scenario.
“I hope they call me back up, Gonzalez said with smile and then when asked about next steps, he said “we’ll analyze after tomorrow.”
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers got a solid start from Fabio Castillo and home runs from Willie Calhoun and Max Muncy that led to a 5-2 win over the Sacramento River Cats (Giants). Castillo evened his record to 2-2 at Oklahoma City. Madison Younginer got his third save.
The Dodgers scored two runs in the first when Drew Maggi and O’Koyea Dickson had back-to-back doubles to score the first run. Dickson scored on an Alex Verdugo groundout.
Calhoun and Muncy hit their home runs to account for two more runs and then Alex Verdugo drove in another run on a sacrifice fly.
The Drillers lost 5-2 to the Springfield Cardinals on Tuesday night. Josh Sborz gave up four runs and four hits in 4⅓ innings. Sborz also walked four while striking out five.
Shea Spitzbarth made his Texas League debut and pitched two scoreless innings.
Edwin Rios hit his ninth home run and went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Tim Locastro also had three hits.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes and Lake Elsinore Storm played a slowly paced game that the Quakes held on to win 4-2 to open their series at LoanMart Field at Rancho Cucamonga. The three hour and nine minute game had 293 total pitches and both teams combined to go 1-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
Yadier Alvarez started and pitched 3⅔ innings, he gave up two runs, three hits and four walks. Alvarez did strike out four but his command was all over the plate.
The Quakes tied the game when with one out and the bases-loaded, Garrett Kennedy hit a ground ball to second baseman Peter Van Gansen who booted it and two runs scored.
Kennedy untied the game in a more conventional way in the fourth inning, a solo home run. For Kennedy, it was his first home run of the season. In the sixth inning, with two out and runners on first and third, a poor pickoff attempt allowed the fourth and final run to score.
Chris Powell got the win in relief and Tony Gonsolin got his first save in the season.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons were edged 4-2 by the Lake County Captains (Indians) as former Cleveland first round pick Brady Aiken won his first game of season for Lake County. Loons starter Devin Smeltzer pitched a season high 6⅔ innings.
Smeltzer gave up all four runs on seven hits and two walks. Smeltzer also struck out four. Right-handed relief pitcher Angel German struck out all three batters he faced.
Cody Thomas had a 2-for-3 night with a double, Saige Jenco hit his third triple of the season.
Triple-A: Los Angeles optioned Grant Dayton to Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City activated catcher Brant Whiting from the 7-day disabled list; right-handed pitcher Fabio Castillo assigned to Oklahoma City from extended spring training; Oklahoma City placed left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 14, 2017; outfielder Logan Landon assigned to extended spring training from Oklahoma City.
Double-A: Right-handed pitcher Shea Spitzbarth assigned to Tulsa from Extended Spring Training; Tulsa activated catcher Paul Hoenecke from the 7-day disabled list; Tulsa placed right-handed pitcher Tim Shibuya on the 7-day disabled list; Tulsa released outfielder Tyler Holt.
Class-A: Los Angeles sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and infielder Logan Forsythe on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga.
7:35 a.m.: Great Lakes (Chris Mathewson) vs. Lake County Captains (Justin Garza)
9:10 a.m.: Tulsa (Walker Buehler) at Springfield Cardinals (Jack Flaherty)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Justin Masterson) vs. Sacramento River Cats (Tyler Beede)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dennis Santana) vs. Lake Elsinore (Pedro Avila)