Sunday across the Dodgers minor leagues had a few standout performances.
Player of the day
DJ Peters had four hits for Triple-A Oklahoma City, including a triple, a double, and two singles, trying to turn around what’s been a rough season for the outfielder.
The learning curve was steep in Peters’ stints in the majors, going 5-for-26 (.192) with 14 strikeouts in the 30 plate appearances in which he wasn’t intentionally walked. But it hasn’t been much better in the minors, hitting .242/.328/.392 with a 31-percent strikeout rate in the offense-friendly Triple-A West, which averages 5.98 runs per game.
But those Oklahoma City numbers for Peters were just .189/.305/.288 before his current 10-game hitting streak, which includes two four-hit games. During the hitting streak, he’s 16-for-42 (.381) with seven extra-base hits.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
A seven-run seventh inning spelled doom for OKC against the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks). Brusdar Graterol entered with a 3-2 lead but retired only one of his five batters faced. He walked a batter, hit another, allowed a two-run homer, and left after he deflected an infield single. Both runners he bequeathed came around to score, charging four runs to Graterol’s ledger. The other three were scored off Logan Salow for the biggest inning allowed by Oklahoma City this season.
Mitch White struck out a season-high nine in five innings, allowing only one run. He is likely the Dodgers’ best option on the 40-man roster should they add a starter to their rotation from within. But given that White pitched Sunday and the Dodgers’ need a starter for Tuesday, Josiah Gray — the team’s best pitching prospect, though not yet on the 40-man roster — remains the most logical option.
Speaking of pitchers on the 40-man roster, Gerardo Carrillo had his best start of the season, with six scoreless innings in Tulsa’s rout of the Wichita Wind Surge (Twins). The 22-year-old struck out five and allowed only one hit, a double. Carrillo also only issued one free pass, lowering his walk rate on the season to 11.3 percent.
The Drillers pulled away with sixth-inning home runs from Ryan Noda, Miguel Vargas, and Romer Cuadrado. Vargas also singled and walked in the game, driving home three and scoring three times.
High-A Great Lakes
Brandon Lewis homered again, and Justin Yurchak doubled, but that was about it in Great Lakes’ loss to the Dayton Dragons (Reds).
Clayton Beeter allowed a pair of runs in his second straight planned short start, this one over two innings. But after a five-game stretch that saw the Dodgers’ 2020 supplemental second-round pick strike out 13 of 32 batters faced, Beeter struck out only one of his 15 batters faced in this series against Dayton.
Low-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes bullpen allowed runs in each of the last five innings, including four each in the eighth and ninth in a loss to the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels).
Leftfielder Jonny DeLuca hit his 14th home run of the season and stole his 13th base in defeat. DeLuca leads Rancho Cucamonga in home runs and trails centerfielder Edwin Mateo by one for the team stolen base lead.
- Reno 10, Oklahoma City 3
- Tulsa 9, Wichita 1
- Dayton 8, Great Lakes 4
- Inland Empire 13, Rancho Cucamonga 5
5:05 p.m. PT: Oklahoma City (Markus Solbach) vs. Reno (Humberto Mejia)
After facing Reno right-hander Humberto Castellanos on Sunday, Oklahoma City faces Humberto Mejia on Monday. That’s back-to-back games against two of the eight players named Humberto to play in the major leagues.