A pair of Venezuelan catchers had big days on Friday, highlighting the action across the Dodgers minor leagues.
Player of the day
Keibert Ruiz hit a pair of home runs for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He hit a solo shot in the second inning against Parker Markel, then a two-run shot off Jordan Guerrero in the sixth, giving Ruiz three homers in his last two games.
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The Dodgers’ top prospect tacks on his second longball of the night. pic.twitter.com/QJs02Alr6v
After a little over a week on the temporary inactive list, Ruiz has come back with a vengeance, 9-for-27 (.333) with four homers, three doubles, five walks, nine runs scored, and nine RBI in seven games.
All seven of Ruiz’s home runs this year, counting his one major league shot as well, have been hit left-handed. The switch-hitter does have three doubles in limited duty batting right-handed, hitting .313 (5-for-16) from that side of the plate with one strikeout.
Ruiz is hitting .300/.364/.686 with 15 extra-base hits in 17 games in Triple-A, and a paltry 12.9-percent strikeout rate to boot.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Ruiz wasn’t alone on offense in OKC’s rout of the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres). Matt Davidson hit a three-run double. The deuces were wild for Andy Burns, who doubled twice, walked twice, stole two bases, scored two runs and drove in two.
Dennis Santana pitched two scoreless innings to start the game.
The Drillers beat the Wichita Wind Surge (Twins), the fifth win in a row for Tulsa.
John Rooney struck out nine in four innings, allowing only one run.
High-A Great Lakes
The Loons got excellent pitching, but the Dayton Dragons (Reds) scored the only run of the game.
Bobby Miller had his fourth scoreless start in six games as a professional, striking out three in 3⅔ innings, allowing only a single. The 2020 first-round pick hasn’t pitched particularly deep yet, maxing out at 14 batters faced his last time out before Friday. But he has sparkling 1.00 ERA in his first 18 innings with Great Lakes, striking out 20 (a 29-percent K rate) with five walks.
Cameron Gibbens pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts, and since getting promoted to High-A the 25-year-old Australian right-hander has nine strikeouts (42.9-percent K rate) and three walks in 5⅓ innings, all scoreless.
Low-A Rancho Cucamonga
Diego Cartaya homered yet again, one of three Quakes homers in a win over the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres). Cartaya had two hits and drove in four. The 19-year-old catcher has six home runs and four doubles in 11 games with Rancho Cucamonga.
First baseman Sauryn Lao hit a three-run shot, and shortstop Eddys Leonard added a two-run shot. Hyun-il Choi struck out five in four scoreless frames in relief to earn the win.
- Oklahoma City 9, El Paso 1
- Tulsa 5, Wichita 1
- Dayton 1, Great Lakes 0
- Rancho Cucamonga 11, Lake Elsinore 6
- 4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Logan Boyer) at Dayton (Spencer Stockton)
- 5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Aaron Wilkerson) vs. El Paso (TBD)
- 5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Ryan Pepiot) vs. Wichita (Austin Schulfer)
- 6:35 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Kendall Williams) at Lake Elsinore (Gabe Morales)