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Tony Gonsolin strikes out 11, Yasiel Puig finishes rehab assignment

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Brock Stewart lasts 7 IP for OKC in his longest start of the season

Tony Gonsolin
Tony Gonsolin
Steve Saenz ~ Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Yasiel Puig completed his minor league rehab assignment on Thursday night, going 1-for-4 and playing eight innings in right field for Oklahoma City. Puig, who has been out since July 8 with an oblique strain, played three games in Triple-A and will join the Dodgers in Atlanta for the weekend. Puig is expected to start on Saturday against the Braves.

Here is the rest of what happened on Thursday on the Dodgers’ farm:

Player of the day

Tony Gonsolin matched his season high with 11 strikeout for Tulsa on Thursday night, allowing only a pair of runs in seven strong innings of work. The 24-year-old right-hander has won all three starts since getting promoted to Double-A, with 26 strikeouts and three walks to go with his 2.84 ERA.

Gonsolin has allowed more than three runs just twice in 20 starts in 2018, and the last time he gave up more than two runs was June 6. On the season Gonsolin has a 2.72 ERA across two levels with an organization-best 132 strikeouts (a 35.4% rate) and 29 walks in 102⅔ innings.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

A three-run rally in the eighth gave Oklahoma City a 4-1 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies). The standout performance came from Brock Stewart, who allowed just one run over seven innings in his longest outing of the season. He struck out seven and had a no-hitter through six innings. Since getting optioned to Triple-A for a sixth time this season Stewart has a 3.03 ERA with 26 strikeouts and eight walks.

Double-A Tulsa

A four-run fourth inning was enough for the Drillers to start their road trip with a 4-2 win over the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners). Will Smith played third base, singled, drove in a run, walked twice and stole a base in the win.

Keibert Ruiz was behind the plate, and at it he was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Advanced Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes had their way with the San Jose Giants in a 10-0 win, with all Rancho Cucamonga starters reaching base by hit or walk, and eight of them either scoring or driving in a run, or both.

Outfielder Cody Thomas homered and drove in four runs in Class-A Rancho Cucamonga’s rout of San Jose. The former two-sport athlete at Oklahoma has homered in four straight games for the Quakes, driving in 13 runs in those games. The 23-year-old also walked twice, scored three times and stole a base on Thursday, and is hitting .272/.343/.487 with 15 home runs on the season.

The beneficiary of all that offense was Leo Crawford, who pitched five scoreless innings and didn’t walk anybody while striking out four. The 21-year-old lefty has a 2.38 ERA in 34 innings in the Cal League this season and a 3.65 ERA overall.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons lead 7-0 Thursday night but it wasn’t enough, falling 9-8 to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays). Great Lakes got a couple of standout performances from SEC infielders drafted by the Dodgers this year. Florida’s Deacon Liput (10th round) was 4-for-5 with a home run and a double, and Kentucky’s Luke Heyer (eighth round) had two doubles and a walk.

Rookie-level Ogden

The Raptors pummeled the Grand Junction Rockies 10-1, thanks in large part to a grand slam by shortstop Jacob Amaya.

Dillon Paulson drove in three with his home run and single, and James Outman doubled, singled and stole three bases.

Transactions

Triple-A: Adam Liberatore was activated from the disabled list.

Double-A: Pitcher Logan Bawcom was send from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. Madison Younginer was released.

Thursday scores

Oklahoma City 4, Albuquerque 1

Tulsa 4, Arkansas 2

Rancho Cucamonga 10, San Jose 0

Bowling Green 9, Great Lakes 8

Ogden 10, Grand Juncton 1

AZL Indians 5, AZL Dodgers 2

DSL Dodgers Robinson 4, DSL Marlins 3

DSL Rangers 7, DSL Dodgers Guerrero 4

Friday schedule

4:35 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Jeronimo Castro) at Bowling Green (Resly Linares)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Zach Neal) vs. El Paso [Padres] (Jerry Keel)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Mitchell White) at Arkansas (Ashton Goudeau)

6 p.m.: Ogden (TBD) vs. Grand Junction (TBD)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Isaac Anderson) at Modesto [Mariners] (Austin Hutchison)