All four full-season affiliates won on Thursday as those four head into their final regular season weekend of play. Rancho Cucamonga clinched the second-half division title so they have now won both halves for the second consecutive season.
Ogden did go down to defeat but they continue to have a very good season. Ogden may also win both halves of their regular season.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers got a nicely pitched game by Justin De Fratus as he and the Dodgers beat the Cubs 9-4 on Thursday. De Fratus pitched 6⅔ innings and gave up four runs (three earned) and eight hits. Josh Sborz and Dennis Santana also pitched.
DJ Peters went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Edwin Rios hit his 30th home run for Oklahoma City.
Gavin Lux walked twice and scored two runs.
The Drillers used the home run ball many times in their 14-9 win over the Sod Poodles (Padres) on Tuesday. Cody Thomas and Chris Parmelee each hit two home runs, Donovan Casey, Carlos Rincon and Jeter Downs had one home run apiece.
Downs has had quite a series against the Sod Poodles. In those three games, he is 6-for-14 with four home runs and six RBI.
Parmalee had six RBI in this game, Thomas went 3-for-4 including the two home runs he hit.
Earlier this month, Pedro Moura from The Athletic wrote about the Dodgers having a few position player prospects start to pitch.
"They’re trying to find the next Ohtani." In anticipation of a new rule change, the Dodgers are putting minor-league position players on the mound. @pedromoura looks at the transition and how the Dodgers believe it can benefit them.https://t.co/GiBOr9u9aC— The Athletic (@TheAthleticLA) August 7, 2019
Two prospects, outfielder Drew Avans and infielder Brandon Montgomery were mentioned. Avans got his first opportunity on Thursday and pitched one inning and to get the win.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes scored four runs in the second and three more in the third inning to take a 7-3 lead. They then held on for a 7-5 win against the Storm (Padres). The win meant a three-game series sweep over the Storm and it clinched the second half division title.
Gerardo Carrillo pitched four scoreless innings in relief to get the win. The Quakes also had two pitchers, Julio Urías and Dylan Floro, make rehab appearances. Infielder Brandon Montgomery made his eighth appearance on the mound for the Quakes and pitched a scoreless inning.
Urías pitched two innings and was responsible for three runs. Floro pitched one scoreless inning.
The Quakes had ten hits with key hits from Jeren Kendall and Deacon Liput. Kendall drove in two with a single in the second inning and Liput hit a two-run double in the third.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons saw Robinson Ortiz pitch six solid innings in their 5-3 win against the Dragons (Reds). Ortiz gave up one run and two hits. He struck out three and walked two.
The game was delayed for an hour and 42 minutes due to rain but once started, the game was played in two hours and 45 minutes.
Leonel Valera, Luke Heyer, Matt Cogen each had two hits. James Outman hit his 17th home run.
The win was the 80th overall for Great Lakes, they will have one final regular season home game and then they will travel to play Lake County for the final three games of the season.
Advanced Rookie Ogden
The Raptors dropped a 4-2 game to the Rockies, it was their third consecutive loss. They were unable to score more despite ten hits as they went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Adolfo Ramirez gave up all four runs in his start to take the loss. This was his first game pitched for Ogden, he had previously pitched for AZL Dodgers Lasorda.
Four runs was the most Ramirez had given up in his fourteen appearances this season.
Marco Hernandez had three hits and drove in two. Andy Pages also had two hits.
- Los Angeles sent left-handed pitcher Julio Urías and right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga
- Great Lakes placed right-handed pitcher Mark Washington on the 7-day injured list retroactive to August 28, 2019
- Right-handed pitcher Yeison Cespedes assigned to Great Lakes Loons from Ogden Raptors
- Outfielder Joe Vranesh assigned to AZL Dodgers Lasorda from Ogden
- Outfielder Ismael Alcantara assigned to Ogden from AZL Dodgers Mota
- Right-handed pitcher Jeisson Cabrera assigned to Ogden from AZL Dodgers Mota
4:05 pm: Great Lakes (Ryan Pepiot) vs. Dayton (Randy Wynne)
5:05 pm: Oklahoma City (J.D. Martin) vs. New Orleans [Marlins] (Joe Gunkel)
5:15 pm: Tulsa (TBD) at Corpus Christi [Astros] (Bryan Abreu)
5:30 pm: Ogden (Jeronimo Castro) vs. Grand Junction (TBD)
7:05 pm: Rancho Cucamonga (John Rooney) vs. Inland Empire [Angels] (Kyle Bradish)