Home runs and rain were the name of the game on Tuesday for Dodgers minor league affiliates. Of the three games that were played, Dodgers teams won two.
Player of the day
Keibert Ruiz hit a three-run home run in Tulsa’s win, his first home run in three weeks. Ruiz was 1-for-3 with a walk on the night and extended his hitting streak to six games. He’s 9-for-23 (.391) with five extra-base hits during the run, and on the season is hitting .284/.341/.422 as a 19-year-old in the Texas League.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Steady rain and even occasional hail for two hours leading up to the scheduled start ultimately postponed Oklahoma City’s road game against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers). These two teams will make up Tuesday’s game with a doubleheader at some point during the final series of the regular season, from Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
This is what things looked like before the postponement:
Good evening Sky Sox fans! The tarp is on right now but the infield is dry underneath. We are monitoring the weather and will update you on Facebook soon. pic.twitter.com/UEORQNV5mi— Sky Sox Baseball (@skysox) May 15, 2018
Third baseman Connor Joe hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning to cap a three-hit night to give Tulsa an 8-7 win over Springfield (Cardinals). Joe’s single scored Zach Reks for his second RBI of the night and swept under the rug the three runs in the top of the inning that Springfield used to tie the game, including Corey Copping surrendering his first home run of the year.
Outfielder Luke Raley also had three hits in the win, including his eight home run. Minor league Rule 5 pick Angelo Mora also homered for Tulsa.
Starter Caleb Ferguson gave up two home runs of his own, and with four runs allowed in his 5⅔ innings his ERA ballooned ... to 1.38.
Advanced Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes fell short in a 5-4 road loss to the Stockton Ports (A’s). Catcher Connor Wong had two hits in the loss and is hitting .300/.359/.592 on the season.
Second baseman Omar Estevez doubled and singled for Rancho Cucamonga and Cody Thomas hit a two-run triple.
Class-A Great Lakes
Walker, the Dodgers’ fifth-round pick out of high school in Georgia in 2014, also doubled on Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to five games and on the season is hitting .261/.396/.534. Walker, 22, leads Great Lakes in home runs (six, tied with Nick Yarnall), RBI (20), walks (18), runs scored (16, tied with Brayan Morales), on-base percentage, slugging and OPS.
Triple-A: Catcher Alex Burg was placed on the seven-day disabled list.
Double-A: Oufielder Yusniel Diaz was placed on the seven-day disabled list; Infielder Mike Ahmed was sent from OKC back to Tulsa; pitcher Frank Duncan was assigned to extended spring training.
Class-A: The Loons activated pitcher Dan Jagiello from the temporary inactive list, and he pitched 2⅓ scoreless, hitless innings of relief with three strikeouts; pitcher Austin Hamilton was placed on the seven-day DL.
Oklahoma City at Colorado Springs, ppd.
9:05 a.m. PT: Tulsa (Logan Bawcom) vs. Springfield (Ryan Helsley)
4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Jesus Vargas) vs. Bowling Green (Austin Franklin)
7:10 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dean Kremer) at Stockton (Zack Erwin)
Logan Bawcom was drafted by the Dodgers in 2010 and traded to Seattle in the Brandon League deal in 2012, then rejoined the organization in 2016. He is back for a third stint, having signed on this week after pitching for the independent Sugarland Skeeters.
Oklahoma City is off on Wednesday.