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Loons combine to throw first no-hitter in franchise history

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Four different pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter

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The offense was flowing all across the minors yesterday, as the four teams combined to score 37 runs. Oh, and a no-hitter was thrown as well.

Player of the day

As I just mentioned, there was a no-hitter thrown by a Dodgers affiliate. However, player of the day honors won’t go there as it was a combined no-no. Player of the day honors has to go to the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect, Keibert Ruiz. He went 4-for-4 with three home runs and a double that barely missed being a fourth homer.

He continues to impress this season, as he’s been not only one of the best prospects in the Dodgers’ system this season, but one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

It was an offensive party in OKC on Friday, as they defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (Houston Astros) 14-5. The day belonged to Keibert Ruiz, who had one of the best games of his pro-ball career.

LA’s No. 1 prospect went 4-for-4, hitting three home runs and a double that barely missed going out. On the night he drove in five runs. On the season, he has 16 home runs in AAA and has an OPS of above 1.000.

OKC got on the board quickly as they scored four runs in the first inning. Steven Souza Jr. led the first off with a homer. Ruiz followed him with another homer. Omar Estevez then drove in two runs with a single to put OKC up by four.

Zach Reks, who just arrived back in OKC after a stint with the big-league team, hit his 10th home run of the season. Matt Davidson continued his hot stretch of hitting, as he crushed his 16th home run of the season. He’s been great in AAA this year, as he has an OPS of .967. In the month of July, Davidson has already hit 11 home runs.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers scored four runs in the first two innings but were held scoreless the rest of the way, as they fell to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals) 7-4. Tulsa finished the game with 14 hits, but the key to their loss was the stranded runners and their inability to hit with runners in scoring position. For the game, the Drillers were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13 runners on base.

Jacob Amaya reached base four times for the Drillers, recording three hits for the fourth time this season. Donovan Casey also had himself a three-hit game.

High-A Great Lakes

It was a historic night for Great Lakes, as they threw a combined no-hitter in their 14-0 victory over the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians). There was a lot to get to in this game, so I’m going to try my best to recap it as best as possible.

Clayton Beeter got the start for the Loons. He gave them two innings, throwing 29 pitches and getting three strikeouts. Following Beeter was Bobby Miller, who had his best outing of the season. He tossed five innings and recorded seven strikeouts. Not only was it his longest outing of the season, he also had a high in strikeouts as well. On the season, LA’s 2020 first rounder owns a 2.03 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in 49 innings.

Jacob Cantleberry came in for the eighth and retired the side in order, recording a strikeout. Cameron Gibbens came in to complete the no-hitter in the ninth inning. He had two strikeouts and got a popup to secure the no-hitter. In only 31 innings of action this year, Gibbens has an incredible 59 strikeouts. For the Loons, it was their first ever no-hitter.

Meanwhile, the offense had quite the night as they scored 14 runs on 16 hits. They got on the board right away in the first inning, as Brandon Lewis hit his 21st home run of the season. His 21 homers are the second most across the entire minor-league system across baseball. For Lewis, it was his seventh homer in his last eight games and his 11th in his 21 games with the Loons. He also joined the Dodgers’ top 30 prospects list.

Jonny Deluca, who was just promoted from the Quakes, homered in the fourth inning. The offense then came alive late, as they scored nine runs over the final two innings. Carson Taylor’s grand slam in the ninth was the cherry on top, as it put the Loons up 14-0.

Low-A Rancho Cucamonga

The offense was hot for the Quakes, Kendall Williams tossed a great game and RC took down the Visalia Rawhide (D-Backs) 9-1. The Quakes sandwiched in their runs, as they scored three runs in the first two innings and six runs at the end of the game.

Imanol Vargas hit a two-rub homer for Rancho in the second, his third of the season to put the Quakes up 3-0. They wouldn’t score again until the seventh, when they scored two runs without having to put the ball in play. A walk and a wild pitch with the bases loaded brought in two runs. Sam McWilliams homered an inning later and Jorbit Vivas and Edwin Mateo each brought in a run.

Braydon Fisher got the start for the Quakes, giving them four strong innings. He didn’t allow a run and allowed only one hit, as he struck out a season-high seven. Kendall Williams followed in relief and tossed four innings as well. He allowed one run and had four strikeouts.

Transactions

  • Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RHP Brusdar Graterol from Oklahoma City Dodgers
  • Los Angeles Dodgers recalled LHP Darien Nunez from Oklahoma City Dodgers
  • Los Angeles Dodgers optioned Garrett Cleavinger to Oklahoma City Dodgers

Friday scores

Saturday schedule

4:00 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBA) at Lake County (TBA)

4:05 p.m. PT: Sugar Land (Ryan Hartman) at Oklahoma City (Mitch White)

5:05 p.m. PT: Northwest Arkansas (Austin Cox) at Tulsa (Gerardo Carrillo)

6:00 p.m. PT: Rancho Cucamonga (TBA) at Visalia (TBA)