It was overall a good Saturday for Dodgers minor league affiliates, with six teams getting wins and the other three with a loss. Full season teams went 3-1 while rookie teams went 3-2.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
A 5-run fourth inning helped take the Dodgers to a 7-3 victory over the Round Rock Express, making four straight wins.
The Dodgers activated Will Smith from the 10-day injured list and he went 1-for-1 with a single and a sac fly in his first game back. The young catcher suffered an oblique strain from the last time he was with the big league Dodgers.
DJ Peters went 2-for-4 on Saturday and hit his 14th homer of the season — his third since being brought up to Triple-A on June 27.
Dodgers starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny had one of his best outings of the season, allowing just one run to score (zero earned) in six innings. He held his opponents to five hits and surrendered no walks while striking out six batters. He earned his third win of the season for his pitching contribution.
The Drillers trailed by one run heading into the bottom of the ninth inning and came out on top, with their exciting walk-off win.
Jared Walker began the comeback with his solo home run to tie things up. Two straight base hits and an intentional walk loaded the bases for Cristian Santana with two outs. Santana smacked a base hit to snatch the 3-2 win over the Naturals.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes rocked the 66ers for the second straight night, Saturday’s score ending at 14-1. No Corey Seager or A.J. Pollock — it was just the Class-A squad.
Rancho Cucamonga scored in each of the last five innings with a five-run fifth inning highlighting their night.
Several Quakes had huge nights (as expected with that score). Donovan Casey hit two home runs — a grand slam and a two-run — to lead the team with six RBIs. Connor Wong went 3-for-4 with a home run and a triple to claim three RBIs.
Niko Hulsizer continues to shine with the Quakes since being recalled on June 20. He went 2-for-3 with two RBIs on Saturday. Hulsizer is slashing .314/.351/.569 in 14 games with the Quakes so far.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons lost the series opener to the Fort Wayne TinCaps, falling by a score of 4-1.
Chris Roller’s leadoff home run was the only offense the Loons benefited from. They were essentially shut down for the remainder of the game, being held to just four runs after the score. The team was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left seven base runners stranded.
John Rooney, starting pitcher for the Loons, pitched a season-high 6 2⁄3 innings and allowed two runs to score from nine hits and a walk. Due to the Loons’ lack of support, he earned his second loss of the season.
Advanced Rookie Ogden
The Raptors were not able to make a comeback for the second night as they fell to the Rocky Mountain Vibes, 7-2.
Andy Pages hit two doubles for the Raptors, contributing one of two RBIs on the night.
The team was able to get on base, but struggled to drive in runners. Overall, the Raptors went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 batters stranded.
Starting pitcher Kevin Malisheski surrendered seven runs in six innings pitched, a new season-high for the right hander. He is now 2-2 this season through eight starts in the minors.
- Oklahoma City Dodgers activated C Will Smith from the 7-day injured list
- Los Angeles Dodgers optioned C Will Smith to Oklahoma City Dodgers
- Oklahoma City Dodgers placed C Ben Moore on the 7-day injured list
- Oklahoma City Dodgers placed SS Gavin Lux on the temporarily inactive list
- Oklahoma City Dodgers activated LHP Rob Zastryzny from the 7-day injured list
- RHP J.D. Martin assigned to Tulsa Drillers from Oklahoma City Dodgers
- Tulsa Drillers placed RHP Parker Curry on the temporarily inactive list
- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes placed SS Jeter Downs on the 7-day injured list retroactive to July 4
- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes activated C Stevie Berman from the 7-day injured list
- C Zack Plunkett assigned to AZL Dodgers Mota
- RHP Yujo Kitagata assigned to AZL Dodgers Lasorda
11:05 a.m. PDT: Oklahoma City (Dennis Santana) vs. Round Rock (Brandon Bielak)
11:05 a.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Fort Wayne (TBD)
3:00 p.m.: Ogden (TBD) vs. Rocky Mountain (TBD)
5:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) at Lake Elsinore (TBD)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Justin De Fratus) vs. NW Arkansas (Gerson Garabito)