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Donovan Casey continues home run spree for Double-A Tulsa

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Casey has four home runs in his last three games

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Sunday in the Dodgers minors featured one big comeback, one big blown lead, and lots of rain.

Player of the day

Double-A Tulsa outfielder Donovan Casey homered for the third straight game on Sunday, part of a red-hot July for the outfielder drafted in the 20th round in 2017 out of Boston College.

Casey reached on an error and scored in the first, then singled and scored in the second. He added a solo shot in the seventh for an insurance run, his fourth in the last three games. Casey entered July with four home runs in 49 games. But this month he has six home runs in 10 games, hitting .333/.391/.786 with 10 runs scored and 10 RBI.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Sunday’s game between Oklahoma City and the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres) was so wild that it couldn’t possibly be decided in one day. The game was suspended in the seventh inning, in a 7-7 tie.

Sheldon Neuse hit a three-run shot and Yoshi Tsutsugo hit a solo shot, and OKC led 7-0 in the fifth inning. But then El Paso jumped on starter Aaron Wilkerson for six runs in the fifth, then tied the game with a pair of hits off Brusdar Graterol in the sixth before the rains came.

The game will resume on Monday, beginning with the top of the seventh inning. Keibert Ruiz is due up, facing El Paso’s Jordan Guerrero.

Double-A Tulsa

Rain also struck for Tulsa, with two different delays totaling 137 minutes, but the Drillers waited it out to beat the Springfield Cardinals. In addition to Casey’s big game, left fielder Carlos Rincon singled twice and drove in three.

Concurrently on Sunday, Andre Jackson and Michael Busch played in the Futures Game in Denver.

High-A Great Lakes

First baseman Justin Yurchak and centerfielder James Outman each homered in the Loons’ win over the Lansing Lugnuts (A’s). Landon Knack, the Dodgers’ second-round pick in 2020, struck out seven in 4⅓ innings, allowing a pair of runs.

Cameron Gibbens picked up the win in relief, recording five outs despite facing only four batters. He walked a batter but also induced a double play grounder and caught an inherited runner trying to steal. The 6’8, 25-year-old Australian right-hander has a 1.50 ERA with Great Lakes, and hasn’t missed a beat since getting promoted to High-A.

Cameron Gibbens in 2021

Level IP ERA FIP K rate BB rate Opp. BA/OBP/SLG
Level IP ERA FIP K rate BB rate Opp. BA/OBP/SLG
Low-A Rancho Cucamonga 10 0.87 1.37 56.1% 9.8% .167/.268/.194
High-A Great Lakes 18 1.50 2.93 44.9% 13.0% .152/.275/.271
Source: MiLB.com & FanGraphs

Low-A Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga trailed by five runs in the sixth inning, but rallied to beat the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) in 10 innings. Designated hitter Jorbit Vivas tripled, doubled, and walked twice, driving in two. Centerfielder Edwin Mateo hit his first home run and scored four times in the win.

Kendall Williams allowed one run in four innings with three strikeouts and no walks.

Down a run in the 10th, Rancho Cucamonga walked four times in the final frame, once intentionally. The tying run scored on a wild pitch, and the game-winner was a bases-loaded walk by Alex DeJesus.

Rancho Cucamonga finished off a six-game sweep of Lake Elsinore, and has won seven straight.

Sunday scores

Monday schedule

  • 4:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City at El Paso, conclusion of Sunday’s game
  • After first game: Oklahoma City (Mitch White) at El Paso (Jerry Keel)