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Dodgers minor league report for Aug. 4, 2019

Josiah Gray
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Dodgers minor league affiliates went 5-for-7 on Sunday, which is generally the best you’ll see. Josiah Gray (Tulsa) and Leonel Valera (Great Lakes) both had impressive days.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers broke their 3-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over the Las Vegas Aviators on Sunday.

Austin Barnes continued his hot streak at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a home run and sacrifice fly to drive in three runs. Gavin Lux went 0-fer at the plate, but found a way to get on base via a walk and a fielders choice, coming in to score both times.

Jaime Schultz earned his second win of the year with his two scoreless innings. Caleb Ferguson and Kevin Quackenbush each allowed the Aviators to score a pair of runs at the end of the game, allowing them to come within one run of a tie. Quackenbush got out of the game before any more damage could be done, earning his 10th save of the year.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers powered over the Naturals to a 3-1 win on Sunday.

All of the Drillers runs came in the second inning via home runs. Cristian Santana’s lead off home run was his 10th dinger of the season. Errol Robinson’s homer scored two to give the team a 3-run lead.

The Naturals quickly responded with one run, but it’s all they managed for the rest of the contest. Josiah Gray continued to make a lasting impression after being called up on July 17. He pitched a six inning gem, holding the opponent to one run from three hits and one walk. The 21 year old also struck out seven batters. He now boasts a 1.54 ERA after four starts in Double-A.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes lost their fifth straight game in an 8-7 loss to the Visalia Rawhide. They put up a tough fight, chipping away at the deficit, but ultimately came up short.

Rancho Cucamonga struck first with a Jeter Downs home run — his 18th of the year. Downs was productive on Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a walk and scoring three runs. Miguel Vargas had a good night, getting three hits and driving in three runs. Jeren Kendall also did well with a pair of hits including a home run.

Starting pitcher Andre Jackson tossed four innings in his no decision. He allowed four runs (three earned) from five hits and four walks.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons blew a 6-run lead against the South Bend Cubs to lose, 8-6. They scored their six runs early, split between the first two innings.

Leonel Valera hit an impressive two triples on Sunday. The first one came in the first inning and he eventually scored via a Kody Hoese base hit. No. 2 came in the next inning and he earned his 28th RBI of the year.

The Loons quickly slowed down after the second inning, getting two base hits for the remainder of the game. This made room for the Cubs to make a comeback. Loons right-handed pitcher Zach Willeman tossed two innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks. He was charged with the loss and his ERA increased by .60 points to 6.27.

Advanced Rookie Ogden

One day after the Raptors were shutout, they almost delivered a shutout to the Rocky Mountain Vibes. But almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. The Vibes got a run in at the last minute to make the final score 5-1 in favor of the Raptors.

Ogden starting pitcher Jeromino Castro pitched a six scoreless frames, holding the opponents to two hits and two HBPs. He didn’t strike out any batters, which was unusual for the right hander. And for anyone who pitches six innings.

Andy Pages, a 20-year-old stud, hit a triple and ended up scoring on a throwing error. It was his second triple and his 36th and 37th RBI of the year. Outfielder Andrew Shaps had the most hits of anyone on either team, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Lastly, Jimmy Titus, who leads the team in batting average, snuck in a hit and an RBI of his own.

Transactions

  • RHP Logan Bawcom assigned to Oklahoma City Dodgers from Tulsa Drillers
  • Oklahoma City Dodgers placed LHP Rob Zastryzny on the temporarily inactive list
  • LHP Justin Bruihl assigned to Great Lakes Loons from Ogden Raptors
  • RHP Edward Cuello assigned to Ogden Raptors from Great Lakes Loons

Sunday scores

Oklahoma City 7, Las Vegas 6

Tulsa 3, NW Arkansas 1

Visalia 8, Rancho Cucamonga 7

South Bend 8, Great Lakes 6

Ogden 5, Rocky Mountains 1

AZL Dodgers Lasorda 3, AZL Angels 1

AZL Dodgers Mota 3, AZL Athletics Green 1

Monday schedule

4:05 p.m. PDT: Great Lakes (Stephen Kolek) at South Bend (Peyton Remy)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) vs. Springfield (Evan Kruczynski)

7:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Daniel Corcino) at Las Vegas (Tanner Anderson)