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Jordan Sheffield goes six strong for Loons

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Jordan Sheffield pitched six scoreless innings on Wednesday night.
Photo credit: Amanda Ray | Great Lakes Loons

The Dodgers’ farm teams were held winless on Wednesday evening, though the Loons offer a chance to salvage the slate when their suspended game resumes on Thursday.

Player of the day

Though the outing has yet to be made official (play resumes Thursday at 7:35 AM P.T.), Jordan Sheffield had his strongest performance of the season Wednesday night. Sheffield went six innings, his deepest outing of the year, and struck out five while walking none over six innings. Sheffield lowered his ERA to 3.38 and has struck out 24.6% of the Low A hitters he has faced.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City squandered a five run lead in the late innings, getting walked off by the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies) 9-8. Brandon Morrow had retired the first two hitters in the ninth inning via strikeout before coming undone. Morrow proceeded to walk a batter, hit a batter, and then commit a two run throwing error to blow the save. Josh Ravin also struggled in relief, allowing four runs in the eighth inning before being relieved after two-thirds of an inning pitched.

O’Koyea Dickson hit home runs eleven and twelve on the season as part of a three run, three RBI night. Kyle Farmer also hit his first AAA home run, going two for four with a double. Alex Verdugo also had a multi-hit game, going two for five with a double.

Double-A Tulsa

The San Antonio Missions (Padres) spoiled the heroic efforts of Jacob Scavuzzo in defeating the Drillers 4-3. Scavuzzo knocked in all three runs for Tulsa on a pair of home runs in four at bats. The Drillers offense was largely held in check, with Tim Locastro’s lone double the only other extra base hit on the evening.

Isaac Anderson allowed four runs over five innings, suffering his fifth loss of the season. Michael Johnson kept the game tight with pair of scoreless innings in relief, striking out three.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes could not hold an early five run lead, falling to the Modesto Nuts (Mariners) 7-6. Adam Bray pitched an uneven five innings, allowing six runs on ten hits, including two home runs. Andrew Istler took the loss after allowing a run in the eighth inning, his only inning of work.

Brandon Montgomery paced the offense by going three for four with a double and run scored. Ariel Sandoval was the only other Quakes player to have a multi-hit game, going two for three with a walk.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Midwest League rarely needs help in suppressing offense, but strong pitching an inclimate weather held both the Loons and the Dayton Dragons (Reds) scoreless before rain ultimately stopped play in the fourteenth inning. Jordan Sheffield set the tone for the Loons with his strong six innings, and Angel German followed him with four strikeouts in two and a third innings.

The Loons have thus far only managed four hits in thirteen innings, with two coming from Oneil Cruz.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles sent LHP Adam Liberatore to Oklahoma City to begin his rehab assignment, while the Dodgers placed 1B Ike Davis and LHP Logan Darnell on the seven day disabled list.

Double-A: The Drillers activated RHP’s Tim Shibuya and Isaac Anderson from the disabled list, while placing RHP’s Scott Barlow and Karch Kowalczyk on the disabled list.

Wednesday scores

Albuquerque 9, Oklahoma City 8

San Antonio 4, Tulsa 3

Modesto 7, Rancho Cucamonga 6

Great Lakes 0, Dayton 0 (game suspended in 14th inning)

Thursday schedule

7:35 a.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Dayton (Jesse Adams)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Ivan Vieitez) at San Antonio (Michael Kelly)

6:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Jair Jurrjens) at Albuquerque (TBD)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Ryan Moseley) vs. Modesto (Reggie McClain)