Three of the four Dodgers’ minor league affiliates won Friday night, with several noteworthy performances.
Player of the day
Andy Pages accounted for all five runs for Great Lakes in a 5-4 win, going 3-for-4 with two homers and a double. It was the second multi-homer effort of the year for the No. 6 prospect in the Dodgers’ system after the trade deadline.
Since July 18, Pages is 16-for-41 (.390) in 11 games with nine of those hits going for extra bases. The 20-year-old Cuban-born outfielder now has 21 homers in 2021, trailing only Griffin Conine (23) for the lead in all of High-A.
Yes, that would be the son of former major leaguer Jeff Conine and Griffin was recently promoted to Double-A for the Marlins.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Zach Reks, Cristian Santana and Drew Avans all homered for Oklahoma City in an 8-3 win on the road at Round Rock. All three came in the seventh and eighth innings to put the game out of reach for the Express (Rangers).
The Dodgers have now won 20 of the last 27 road games and have hit 38 home runs in the last 20 games overall. Friday was also the 13th time Oklahoma City has hit at least three homers in a game this season.
The Yoshi Tsutsugo project has taken a turn for the better in July, with two more hits for the lefty in the win. Tsutsugo is now 17-for-48 (.354) in his last 15 games after going just 8-for-67 (.119) in his first 17 games in Triple-A for the Dodgers.
Reliever Kevin Quackenbush continued his stellar year, tossing another scoreless frame. The burly right-hander has only been charged with one run in 28 appearances this season.
It took extra innings to decide the contest in Tulsa, with the Drillers coming out on the losing end of a 4-3 score. The home team took advantage of an error in the first inning to put three runs on the board but that’s all they would get the rest of the way.
The Drillers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 10th but failed to push a run across to extend the game.
High-A Great Lakes
Landon Knack was an honorable mention when it came to the player of the day Friday. The 24-year-old starter allowed only two hits in five scoreless innings, striking out eight in the process to help the Loons win 5-4 over the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers).
The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.30 ERA in six games since June 30, surrendering just four runs in 27 2/3 innings.
Low-A Rancho Cucamonga
It was a wild one in Modesto as the two teams combined for a total of 27 runs. The Nuts (Mariners) were in control for most of the night, jumping out to leads of 8-2 after four innings and 13-5 after six. The Quakes would come roaring back in the late innings for a 14-13 win.
Rancho used a five-run seventh and a four-run ninth to overcome the early deficit. It was the 17th win in the last 23 games for the Quakes and eighth in the last 10.
Jose Hernandez (1.1 IP) and Aldry Acosta (2.0 IP) were able to hold the Modesto offense scoreless over the final 10 outs, providing the opportunity for the comeback.
Triple-A: C Chad Wallach assigned to Oklahoma City
- 4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Logan Boyer) vs. West Michigan (Adam Wolf)
- 4:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Markus Solbach) at Round Rock (Hyeon-Jong Yang)
- 5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Michael Grove) vs. Midland (Brady Feigl)
- 6:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Gavin Stone) at Modeso (Sam Carlson)