There were a few off days on the Dodgers farm on Monday, which was highlighted by a pair of standout performances.
Players of the day
Catcher Bobby Wilson is in his 15th professional season. The 34-year-old has played part of eight seasons in the majors, but this season he has been in Triple-A all year. On Monday night, playing in his 1,200th career game, Wilson did something he never did before.
Wilson singled and scored in the third and fifth innings at Colorado Springs, then hit a solo home run in the sixth. He doubled home two runs in the seventh inning, then in the ninth singled and scored again. He scored four times and collected five hits in a game for his first time ever.
"I'm still enjoying this and having a great time. Just being around the guys gets me going," Wilson told Michael Avallone of MiLB.com. "Once I stop enjoying the game, I'll hang 'em up, but I feel like I have a few years left in me still. We'll see how the rest of this season plays out and then next year as well. Being 34, I still feel young and fresh, which is encouraging. I've stayed together pretty well this year."
Dodgers 2016 third-round pick Dustin May pitched a career-best eight innings on Monday, allowing just two runs for Class-A Great Lakes. The 19-year-old right-hander allowed solo home runs in the first and sixth innings on the road at Fort Wayne, but that was the only damage against him.
May struck out six and walked one for his third straight win, and in his last 14 starts — dating back to May 30 — has averaged 6.12 innings per start while going 8-4 with a 3.57 ERA. On the season, May has 113 strikeouts against only 26 walks in his 123 innings.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Wilson wasn’t the only offensive contributor on Monday for Oklahoma City, who had their biggest offensive output since 2003, before they were affiliated with the Dodgers. OKC beat the Colorado Springs SkySox (Brewers), 17-9.
O`Koyea Dickson homered and drove in five runs, one of six Dodgers with at least two hits. Kyle Farmer had two singles and a double, driving in four, and Trayce Thompson was 2-for-5 with a triple and three runs batted in.
Joc Pederson played left field for the second time in two games with Oklahoma City, going 1-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored.
The Drillers were off Monday, and take their six-game winning streak on the road beginning Tuesday, when they will face old friend Chase De Jong, starting for the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners).
Relief pitcher Corey Copping on Monday was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes were off on Monday as well, and open up a six-game homestand on Tuesday against the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres).
On Monday, outfielder Quincy Latimore was named Cal League Player of the Week after going 8-for-12 with six extra-base hits and six walks in his first week with Rancho Cucamonga.
Class-A Great Lakes
To back May’s strong mound performance, catcher Connor Wong continued his power surge in the Loons’ 5-3 win over the Fort Wayne Tincaps (Padres). Wong, the Dodgers’ third-round pick this year, homered for the third straight game but also added a pair of doubles.
Wong in his last four games is 11-for-18 (.611) with four doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and seven runs scored.
Great Lakes was running wild in Monday’s game, stealing four bases while getting caught three times. Gavin Lux stole two bases in three tries while going 2-for-4, and the Dodgers’ 2016 first-round pick is hitting .373/.427/.520 in 18 games in August.
2017 first-rounder Jeren Kendall batted third for the Loons on Monday, and was 1-for-3 with a walk. He stole a base and was caught once.
The Raptors fell to the Orem Owlz (Angels), 11-10, but outfielder Mitchell Hansen continued his hot hitting. The Dodgers second-round pick from 2015 homered, doubled, and singled on Monday, and has 11 extra-base hits in his last 11 games, hitting .377/.393/.736 with 12 runs batted in and 14 runs scored.
Ike Davis pitched a scoreless inning on Monday, continuing his pitching quest by allowing a single and a walk. It was his first outing in a week. In four appearances in Arizona, the 30-year-old former first baseman has pitched 3⅔ scoreless innings, with five strikeouts and four walks.
Triple-A: Madison Younginer was acivated from the disabled list, and picked up the win in relief for OKC, despite allowing two runs in 2⅔ innings.
Double-A: The Drillers swapped catchers, activating Shawn Zarraga from the temporary inactive list and placing Sean O’Connell on the seven-day disabled list.
Class-A: Great Lakes sent pitcher Willian Soto to the Arizona rookie league on a rehab assignment.
Oklahoma City 17, Colorado Springs 9
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Alfredo Tavarez) vs. Lansing [Blue Jays] (TBD)
5:10 p.m.: Tulsa (Josh Sborz) at Arkansas (Chase De Jong)
5:30 p.m.: Ogden (TBD) vs. Orem (TBD)
5:40 p.m.: Oklahoma City (David Hale) at Colorado Springs (Taylor Jungmann)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Michael Boyle) vs. Lake Elsinore (Emmanuel Ramirez)