Saturday was another some win, some lose day for the Dodger minor league affiliates. Oklahoma City, Rancho Cucamonga, and the AZL Dodgers lost but Tulsa, Great Lakes, Ogden and Ogden won.
The DSL Dodgers teams also split, with the DSL Dodgers1 winning their game.
Player of the day
While Keibert Ruiz seems unstoppable as he had a 3-for-4 night (and extended his hitting streak to 10 games) and Alex Verdugo is trying to shake off a down July for him, today’s Player of the day is Starling Heredia for his 2-for-4 game with two doubles.
Heredia has hit in 10 of the last 11 games and has maintained his .400+ average from day one in Ogden and he will be starting for the Pioneer League in their All-Star game on Tuesday.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers fell behind by a lot early and went down 14-9 to the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) in the first game of their series at Oklahoma City. Justin Masterson took the loss as he gave up seven runs in 3⅔ innings. The Rainiers would pound out 17 hits to go with their 14 runs.
The Dodgers would get to within three runs but the Rainiers scored five runs in the eighth to put the game away.
Alex Verdugo went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. After a blistering June, Verdugo has hit .240/.326/.360 in 84 plate appearances in July.
The Drillers won 11-3 over the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners) as they had a 17 hit attack with every starter collecting at least one hit. Michael Johnson would get the win with two scoreless innings in relief work.
Yadier Alvarez started and he had an uneven game. In 4⅔ innings pitched, Alvarez gave up six hits and six walks that produced three runs (one earned). Alvarez did strike out five in his 102 pitch effort.
Tim Locastro and Henry Ramos each had three hits, Ramos had one of the three home runs hit by the Drillers, Peter O’Brien and Garret Kennedy were the other home run hitters.
O’Brien, Matt Beaty, Erick Mejia and Darien Tubbs each had two hits.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes dropped the third game of their four-game series against the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels), losing 6-4 on Saturday. Michael Boyle took the loss as he gave up four runs (three earned) in four innings pitched.
Aside from the above-mentioned Keibert Ruiz, Ariel Sandoval and Ibandel Isabel each had good games at the plate. Sandoval hit two solo home runs and Isabel hit his California League leading 22nd home run.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons used a four run eighth inning to win 6-2 over the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays). Taking advantage of the first Lugnut error in the inning, Brandon Montgomery drove in two with a single with the bases-loaded and then two more Lugnut errors allowed the other two runs to score.
Jordan Sheffield started and pitched 5⅔ innings solid innings as he gave up a run, three hits and walked three with four strikeouts. Andre Scrubb would give up the tying run but then finish up strong to collect the win.
Nick Yarnell had three hits and Cristian Santana collected two more hits.
The Raptors held on to win 5-4 over the Grand Junction Rockies to begin the second half of their season. They will play today and then the Pioneer League will take their All-Star break.
Five Raptors had multi-hit games, Jared Walker led the way with three hits with Starling Heredia, Romar Cuadrado, Hendrick Clementina and Tyler Adkison each with two hits.
The AZL Dodgers lost 3-2 to the AZL Brewers as Yeison Cespedes gave up two runs in the fifth which proved to be enough for the Brewers.
Right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher began a rehab assignment with one scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
Double-A: Tulsa activated outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo from the 7-day disabled list and placed outfielder Quincy Latimore on the 7-day disabled list.
Rookie: Los Angeles sent right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher on a rehab assignment to AZL Dodgers.
11:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) at Lansing (Michael Ellenbest)
2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Devin Smeltzer) at Inland Empire (TBD)
3:00 p.m.: Ogden (Gregorio Sequera) vs. Grand Junction (Logan Longwith)
4:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Scott Barlow) vs. Tacoma Rainiers (TBD)
5:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers vs. AZL White Sox
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Dennis Santana) vs. Arkansas (Lindsey Caughel)