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Bobby Miller, John Rooney, Hyun-il Choi stand out on mound in Dodgers minors

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2020 first-round pick Miller had his longest outing as a pro on Saturday

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Saturday in the Dodgers minors saw a few standout pitching performances on the farm.

Player of the day

Bobby Miller had his longest outing as a professional, pitching four scoreless innings for High-A Great Lakes on Saturday. The Dodgers’ 2020 first-round pick out of Louisville struck out four, allowing only a single and two hit batters.

From Great Lakes’ play-by-play broadcaster:

Miller completed three innings on opening day for the Loons, but hadn’t pitched that long since, before Saturday. The 22-year-old right-hander has allowed single runs in only two of his starts, and through five outings for Great Lakes has a 1.26 ERA in 14⅓ innings, with 17 strikeouts (a 28.8-percent K rate) and five walks. Saturday was his first game with zero walks.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

OKC’s game against the Sugar Land Skeeters (Astros) was washed out by rain, and the threat of inclement weather shifted the start of Sunday’s game from 12:05 p.m. PT to 4:05 p.m.

Double-A Tulsa

John Rooney pitched a second straight scoreless start in the Drillers’ win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals). Rooney, the Dodgers’ third-rounder in 2018 out of Hofstra, struck out seven in four innings on Saturday, allowing only five runners to reach base — one single, two hit batters, and two walks.

Designated hitter Carlos Rincon doubled, singled twice, walked, scored a run, scored once and drove in another run.

High-A Great Lakes

Great Lakes hit four home runs and nine extra-base hits to back Miller and the bullpen in a shutout romp over the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers). Left fielder Ryan Ward homered twice, singled, scored four times, and drove in three. Second baseman Zac Ching also homered and drove in three.

Right fielder Andy Pages had just one hit in his five at-bats, but it went a long way.

Low-A Rancho Cucamonga

Hyun-il Choi’s nearly perfect relief work gave the Quakes enough time to erase a 3-0 deficit to beat the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels). Choi entered with two outs in the third inning, and retired his next 15 batters faced. After a two-out single in the eighth to snap the string, Choi got a harmless grounder to end the frame. The right-hander struck out eight.

Rancho Cucamonga got two hits from Brandon Lewis, who tripled and scored in the fifth. The Quakes then completed the comeback in the eighth, with the tying RBI single from center fielder Edwin Mateo and the winning hit from second baseman Sam McWilliams.

Transactions

Double-A: Pitcher Andrew Schwaab was sent from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, and pitcher Zach Willeman was placed on the seven-day injured list. Pitchers Marshall Kasowski and Parker Curry were both transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Saturday scores

Sunday schedule

  • 10:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (Clayton Beeter) vs. West Michigan (Beau Brieske)
  • 12:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) at Northwest Arkansas (Marcelo Martinez)
  • 2 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Kendall Williams) vs. Inland Empire (Jack Dashwood)
  • 4:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Austin Bibens-Dirkx) vs. Sugar Land (Brett Conine)