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Starling Heredia homers & drives in 6 for Great Lakes

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3 extra-base hits for the 19-year-old on Tuesday

Starling Heredia snapped out of his slump in a big way on Tuesday.
Photo credit: Great Lakes Loons

Lots of offense was on display in the three Dodgers minor league games that got played.

Player of the day

Starling Heredia banged a home run and two doubles (one to the opposite field off the wall) while driving in six runs in a Great Lakes blowout win. It has been a trying season for the outfielder, who was in a 1-for-28 slump before Tuesday’s outburst and is hitting just .182/.246/.341 even after that.

But it’s important to remember that Heredia just turned 19 in February and this is his first time as a professional playing games before June. There will be an adjustment period, but the talent is there.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City’s series finale was washed out in Nashville, a game that will be made up the next time OKC travels to play the Sounds (A’s), from July 20-22.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers allowed 19 hits in an 11-5 road loss to the San Antonio Missions (Padres). Connor Joe was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the loss.

Advanced Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes hit three home runs to beat the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) 9-3 on Tuesday. Jeren Kendall hit one of them and also walked twice. Logan Landon homered and doubled, driving in three, and Rylan Bannon homered and singled.

Gavin Lux was 2-for-5 with a triple, and Andrew Sopko struck out eight and walked none in six strong innings, allowing one run for the win.

Award winner: Dustin May was named the Cal League Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday after throwing six shutout innings last Wednesday.

Class-A Great Lakes

There were a few standout performances besides Heredia in the Loon’s 12-4 win over the South Bend Cubs on Tuesday. Third baseman Brandon Montgomery had four hits, while outfielders Carlos Rincon and Romer Cuadrado each had two hits and a walk, with Rincon adding a double.

Brayan Morales was 3-for-5 with a run scored and stole his 25th base of the season in his 43rd game. He was also picked off once.

Transactions

Triple-A: Breyvic Valera was called up to the Dodgers, and Brock Stewart was optioned to Oklahoma City.

Class-A: The Loons placed Riley Ottesen on the DL, and activated Melvin Jimenez off the DL.

Tuesday scores

Oklahoma City at Nashville, ppd.

San Antonio 11, Tulsa 5

Rancho Cucamonga 9, Lake Elsinore 3

Great Lakes 12, South Bend 4

Wednesday schedule

7:35 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (Joel Inoa) vs. South Bend (Rollie Lacy)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (TBD) vs. Omaha [Royals] (Glenn Sparkman)

Dennis Santana was supposed to start this one but ...

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Devin Smeltzer) vs. San Antonio (Seth Simmons)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dustin May) vs. Lake Elsinore (Chris Paddock)