If not for some poor play by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, all of the Dodger affiliates would have won on Sunday. Nevertheless it was a good day for Dodger minor leaguers as we enter the Major League All-Star break.
Player of the day
Several players could be the player of the day, two that stand out Tulsa outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo hit two home runs and drove in six and Ogden infielder Miguel Vargas went 5-for-5 and is back hitting over .500 (24-for-46) in Pioneer League play.
However, for Sunday, the Players of the day were Tim Locastro and Donovan Solano. These two players recently went to Arizona for rehab assignments and each did well. Locastro played in six games and hit .412/.522/.529 and Solano played in eight games and hit .440./444/.480.
Locastro returns to Pacific Coast League action where he was hitting .312/.411/.487 in over 170 plate appearances. Solano had been among the league leaders before he went out as the 30-year old infielder is hitting .384/.430/.523 in over 160 plate appearances for Oklahoma City.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers scored a total of nine runs in the first four innings. Edwin Rios had two hits, scored three runs and drove in a run. Travis Taijeron had a two-run homer among his three hits. Rocky Gale had a two-run double.
Drew Hutchinson pitched six scoreless innings for his third win, striking out four.
The Drillers took charge early, rolling a seven in the second inning on their way to winning 12-1 against the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners). Jacob Scavuzzo had a double and two home runs. Catcher Cael Brockmeyer had three hits and four runs batted in for the Drillers.
Luke Raley and Will Smith each had two hits, DJ Peters walked twice and scored two runs.
Kyle Lobstein pitched 5⅔ innings, he gave up a run and three hits and struck out four. Stetson Allie and Michael Johnson combined to strike out five as they finished up the game.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes gave up a run in the eighth, three runs in the ninth and finally two runs in the tenth to lose 8-7 in walk-off fashion to the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels).
This was their second walk-off lost in as many days. The Quakes had not lost two games in a row since June 21st when they lost the first game of their second half.
After taking a 7-6 lead in the top of the tenth inning, the 66ers got a one-out triple by Jordan Zimmermann to score Brandon Marsh. David MacKinnon followed with a game-winning single to give the 66ers the win.
Before the bottom of the eighth inning, this game looked like another Quakes win. The Quakes scored two runs in the second inning to take the lead and would extend it to a 6-2 lead going to the eighth inning.
With two out and two on in the bottom of the eighth, Ryan Moseley gave up a run-scoring single to Connor Justus making it 6-3.
In the ninth inning, the 66ers would load the bases with no outs. A wild pitch scored the first run, a ground out scored the second run and finally a single scored the tying run.
For the Quakes, Rylan Bannon hit his 20th home run and Cristian Santana had three hits and drove in two runs.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons not only swept their double-header, they did by tossing two shutouts as they beat the Burlington Bees (Angels) 1-0 and 5-0 on Sunday.
Gerardo Carrillo, Luis Pasen and Jasiel Alvino threw a combined three-hitter and struck out seven. Deacon Liput hit his first home run for the Loons to account for the only run of the game.
Jeronimo Castro, Justin Hagenman and Stephen Kolek combined to allow five hits and strike out six in the 5-0 win. Brayan Morales went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Romar Cuadrado hit his third home run in the season. Devin Mann and Luke Heyer each had two hits.
Rookie - Pioneer
The Raptors took a big lead and then held on to a 10-7 win over the Helena Brewers. Leading 9-1, the Brewers scored the next six runs before Ogden added one more in the eighth to give them a little breathing room at the end of the game.
Miguel Vargas hit his first home run for Ogden. That was part of his 5-for-5 game where he ended up hitting .522 for Ogden (24-for-46) for the season. Matt Cogen went 2-for-4 and Drew Avans had three walks and scored twice. Daniel Robinson hit a three-run homer and that was followed by Ronny Brito’s fifth home run of the season.
Their win gave Ogden a four-game lead over Idaho Falls with eight games to play in the first half. Ogden also holds the tie-breaker against Idaho Falls.
Rookie - Arizona League
The AZL Dodgers defeated the AZL Reds 4-1 on Sunday. Andre Jackson pitched six innings and gave up one run and four hits, he struck out ten against no walks.
Triple-A: Oklahoma City activated infielder Donovan Solano from the 7-day disabled list; Oklahoma City placed right-handed pitcher Tyler Pill on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 14, 2018 and left-handed pitcher Jason Richman assigned to Oklahoma City from Rancho Cucamonga.
Double-A: Right-handed pitcher Corey Copping assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City; Tulsa placed right-handed pitcher Karch Kowalczyk on the 7-day disabled list.
Class-A: Right-handed pitcher Elio Serrano assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Ogden.
4:30 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) at Burlington (TBD)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart) vs. New Orleans [Marlins] (Zac Gallen)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Tony Gonsolin) vs. Arkansas (Nathan Bannister)
6:00 p.m.: Ogden (Jose Chacin) vs. Helena (Justin Bullock)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) at Inland Empire (TBD)