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Recap of Friday’s Dodger Minor League Action

Keibert Ruiz
Keibert Ruiz
Steve Saenz/Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Mixed results on Friday, Oklahoma City loses a tight one, Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga have solid wins, and Great Lakes get blown out, As for the Rookie teams, the AZL Dodgers lose to end a 7-game winning streak but Ogden and both DSL Dodgers team win on Friday.

Player of the day

Keibert Ruiz hit a solo home run, his fourth with the Quakes and also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Ruiz also has a 9-game hitting streak.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers lost 2-1 to the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) at Oklahoma City. The Aces scored their two runs in the second inning as Willians Astudillo hit a two-run shot to give the Aces a 2-0 lead.

In the third inning, O’Koyea Dickson singled home Bobby Wilson but that was the extent of the Dodgers offense. The Dodgers had only four hits and only two opportunities with a runner in scoring position.

Fabio Castillo took the loss, he pitched four innings and gave up two runs and four hits.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers got a good start from maybe an unexpected source as they won 6-2 over the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners). David Hale pitched in what could be called Yadier Alvarez’s spot, and Hale was solid going seven innings, scattering seven hits and three walks to give up two runs on two solo home runs.

Matt Beaty provided all the offense the Drillers needed with a three-run homer, his 12th of the season. Errol Robinson, Jose Miguel Fernandez and Henry Ramos each had two hits. Fernandez also had two RBI.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes won 4-2 to give them the first two games of their series against the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels). Keibert Ruiz and Ibandel Isabel each hit solo home runs.

Adam Bray gave up a run in five innings as he picked up his sixth win. And then the Quakes bullpen, Dean Kremer, Jason Richman and Tony Gonsolin, only allowed an unearned run which meant the Quakes now have a four-game lead in the division.

Ruiz hit his fourth home run with the Quakes in the first and then had a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. In the seventh, Isabel hit his 21st home run and later DJ Peters had an RBI single.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons saw the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) score early and often as they lost 11-2 on Friday. A.J. Alexy had his third straight sub-par outing and this one was his shortest since May 12th.

Alexy pitched 1⅔ innings and gave up three runs, two hits and three walks. He also had three strikeouts. In the two starts prior to this one, Alexy pitched a combined 8⅔ innings and gave up ten runs, 11 hits, and five walks. He did have 14 strikeouts.

The Loons bullpen would give up eight more runs so it wasn’t all on Alexy. And the offense could not get anything going. As a team the Loons had five hits and struck out 12 times.

Jeren Kendall is 0-for-9 with four strikeouts thus far in his short career as a Loon.

Rookie-Ogden

The Raptors continued to pound the ball as they had 11 hits in their 6-2 win over the Grand Junction Rockies.

The top four hitters for the Raptors had eight of those hits, five of those were doubles. Starling Heredia was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Tyler Adkison and Donovan Casey each had two hits and Hendrick Clementina was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI.

Rookie-AZL Dodgers

The AZL Dodgers lost for the first time in eight tries as the AZL Padres2 beat them 6-1. The Dodgers were shut down offensively even more than what the final score shows because their one hitter who had a good game was the rehabbing Kyle Garlick who was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a walk.

Besides Garlick, the Dodgers had two other hits and 14 strikeouts.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled catcher Kyle Farmer from Oklahoma City.

Double-A: Tulsa activated right-handed pitcher David Hale from the 7-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Eddie Gamboa on the temporarily inactive list.

Friday’s Scores

Reno 2, Oklahoma City 1

Tulsa 6, Arkansas 2

Rancho Cucamonga 4, Inland Empire 2

Bowling Green 11, Great Lakes 2

Ogden 6, Grand Junction 2

AZL Padres2 6, AZL Dodgers 1

DSL Dodgers1 7, DSL Braves 4

DSL Dodgers2 12, DSL Astros Orange 2

Saturday’s Schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) at Lansing Lugnuts [Blue Jays] (Kyle Weatherly)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Justin Masterson) vs. Tacoma Rainiers [Mariners] (TBD)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Dennis Santana) vs. Arkansas (Anthony Misiewicz)

6:00 p.m.: Ogden (Christian Stolo) vs. Grand Junction (Justin Valdespina)

6:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Michael Boyle) at Inland Empire (Luis Pena)

7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers at AZL Brewers