Several strong pitching performances on the farm Wednesday, highlighted by a hard throwing 2017 draft pick.
Player of the day
Riley Ottesen, the Dodgers’ fifth round pick this year, turned in his best pro start to date. Though he didn’t pitch deep enough to earn the win, Ottesen struck out eight in four shutout innings for Great Lakes last night. The live armed right hander did not post big strikeout numbers while at Utah, but thus far as a pro he is carrying a 28.1% strikeout rate in 24 ⅔ innings.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma City Dodgers were off on Wednesday. They return home Thursday to face the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals).
The Drillers took a crucial win from Arkansas in their playoff battle, defeating the Travelers (Mariners) 5-2. Andrew Sopko pitched six innings of one run ball, notching his fourth win of the season. Corey Copping’s perfect ninth inning led to his 17th save for Tulsa. The Drillers have now won eight straight and are tied with Springfield for the second half division lead.
Andre Ethier had a double in a one for three night for Tulsa, while Matt Beaty had a pair of hits to bring his AA average to .327 as he chases the Texas League batting crown. Drew Jackson went two for four out of the leadoff spot, and Erick Mejia had a pair of hits and his twentieth stolen base of the year.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes walked off on the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) 3-2. DJ Peters did not record a hit, but his hit by pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning gave the Quakes the win. Zach Reks went three for four out of the leadoff spot, and is now hitting .380 in the California League. Luke Raley went two for four and had the Quakes’ only extra base hit, a double.
Adam Bray was solid in his start, allowing just two runs over seven innings. Tony Gonsolin pitched a clean eighth and ninth inning to allow the Quakes to walk it off in the bottom of the ninth.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons overwhelming the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) with fourteen strikeouts from their pitching to win 7-2. Riley Otteson was the standout with four shutout innings, striking out eight on just 50 pitches. Andre Scrubb earned the win with two and two-thirds innings of relief, striking out four but allowing two runs.
Jared Walker paced all Loons with three hits in four at bats, including his tenth home run of the season. Nick Yarnall also had a pair of hits and a home run, while Gavin Lux had a hit, steal, and two runs scored in four at bats.
The Raptors slugged their way to thirteen runs in defeating the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals) 13-8. Donovan Casey went four for six, driving in four runs. Mitchell Hansen went two for six with a triple and home run, upping his Pioneer League average to .316. Kevin Lachance also went two for three with a pair of steals.
Adalberto Pena started and went four innings, but allowed four runs in failing to earn the win. Conor Costello got the win despite allowing two runs in two innings of work. Justin Hoyt was the pitching standout, striking out all five batters he faced in the final two innings.
Arizona League Dodgers
The Dodgers welcomed a 2017 draftee making his professional debut, but dropped the outing to the Reds 8-2. Max Gamboa was activated off the disabled list and opening the game with one shutout inning, striking out one. Mark Washington took the loss after allowing four runs in two and a third innings in relief of Gamboa.
Jacob Amaya led the offense, going two for four to extend his hit streak to six games. Amaya is hitting .316 over his last ten games, breaking out of his early season slump.
Dominican League DSL Dodgers
The DSL Dodgers One split a doubleheader with the DSL Royals. The Dodgers won game one 7-4, with Sauryn Lao going two for four with a home run.
The Royals walked off the Dodgers 3-2 in game two. Leonel Valera had a hit and both runs for the Dodgers, stealing four bases.
Triple-A: Los Angeles returned RHP Brock Stewart to Oklahoma City, calling up C Kyle Farmer to take his place on the roster.
Short Season: The AZL Dodgers activated RHP Max Gamboa from the 60- day disabled list.
4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Melvin Jimenez) vs. Lansing (TBD)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Justin Masterson) vs. Omaha (Christian Binford)
5:10 p.m.: Tulsa (Mitchell White) at Arkansas (Bryan Evans)
6:15 p.m.: Ogden (Carlos Felix) at Idaho Falls (TBD)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Parker Curry) vs. Lake Elsinore (Jerry Keel)