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Wong continues his hot hitting in August

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Loons

A sad Saturday in terms of results for most of the Dodger affiliates. Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga lost and as far as the Rookie league teams, both Ogden and the AZL Dodgers went down to defeat.

However, both Dominican Summer League finished their regular season in first place so there may be some more games for them.

Player of the day

2017 third round pick Connor Wong has been on a roll recently and on Saturday, he had his best day yet. The 21-year old catcher went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs. Wong has hit all five of his home runs since August 18th.

Wong, like his teammate Gavin Lux, has been hot in August, hitting .333/.377/.684 in 16 games.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers trotted out Clayton Kershaw on a rehab assignment and he was pretty much Kershaw. But the Dodgers were shutout 4-0 by the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) and their starting pitcher, Jake Kalish.

You can read about Kershaw’s start here, he left after five innings trailing 1-0. But perhaps inspired by the presence of Kershaw, Kalish had his best start of the year.

Kalish pitched seven innings, gave no runs, five hits and two walks. He matched Kershaw’s eight strikeouts albeit in two additional innings pitched.

Charlie Culberson had two hits for the Dodgers.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers lost the first game in their first of two weekend series against the Springfield Cardinals. The loss put the Drillers one game behind the Cardinals.

Yadier Alvarez started for the Drillers and in 3⅓ innings, he gave up five runs and five hits. Alvarez had three strikeouts and three walks.

Luis Ysla followed Alvarez and gave up three runs in 1⅔ innings.

Matt Beaty had two hits including a double.

On the final weekend of the regular season, the Drillers will host the Cardinals.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes took their turn in giving up a lot of runs and lost 11-6 to the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels). Jordan Sheffield took the loss, he pitched 3⅔ innings and gave up six runs (five earned), five hits and one walk.

Sven Schueller would give up four runs and two hits.

The Quakes had 13 hits including a home run by Ariel Sandoval.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons beat the Dayton Dragons (Reds) 5-4 on Saturday. Jeremiah Muhammad got the win, and in the three innings he pitched he struck out eight.

Connor Wong had three hits including two solo home runs. Jeren Kendall hit his second home run for the Loons.

Rookie-Pioneer Ogden

The Raptors dropped their game to the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals) by a 6-4 score. Patrick Duester took the loss as he gave up two runs after the Raptors had tied the game 3-3.

Raptors starter Osiris Ramirez did not retire any of the five hitters he faced before he was taken out. Ramirez gave up three runs, two hits and three walks.

Luis Paz hit his 14th home run in the loss.

Rookie-AZL Dodgers

AZL Dodgers lost 3-1 to the AZL Royals. Jesus Vargas took the loss for the Dodgers.

Ike Davis pitched one scoreless inning for the Dodgers.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles sent left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw on a rehab assignment at Oklahoma City.

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga placed left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer and right-handed pitcher Andrew Thurman on the 7-day disabled list; right-handed pitchers Dustin May and Chris Mathewson assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Great Lakes.

Great Lakes activated left-handed pitcher Leo Crawford from the 7-day disabled list; right-handed pitcher Colby Nealy assigned to Great Lakes from Ogden.

Saturday’s scores

Omaha 4, Oklahoma City 0

Springfield 8, Tulsa 3

Inland Empire 11, Rancho Cucamonga 6

Great Lakes 5, Dayton 4

Idaho Falls 6, Ogden 4

AZL Royals 3, AZL Dodgers 1

DSL Dodgers1 4, DSL Athletics 1

DSL Dodgers2 2, DSL Rangers1 0

Sunday’s schedule

11:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (Alfredo Tavarez) vs. Dayton (Tony Santillan)

12:10 p.m.: Tulsa (Dennis Santana) at Springfield (Ryan Helsley)

1:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart & Eddie Gamboa) vs. Omaha (TBD & TBD)

2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dustin May) vs. Inland Empire (Jose Rodriguez)

3:00 p.m.: Ogden (Adalberto Pena) vs. Idaho Falls (TBD)

7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers at AZL White Sox