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Jake Vogel hits first professional home run, Miguel Vargas keeps hitting in Double-A

Vogel a part of Rancho Cucamonga’s 16-run outburst

From MLB.com

It was raining offense for some Dodgers minor leaguers on Wednesday. For others, there was just rain.

Player of the day

It’s been an up and down first pro season for Dodgers 2020 third-round pick Jake Vogel, the center fielder for Low-A Rancho Cucamonga. But he hit his first professional home run on Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old struck out 22 times in his first 50 plate appearances this season, hitting just .159/.260/.295. But the speedy outfielder responded with a 10-game hitting streak, hitting .273/.385/.364. That was stopped by an ankle injury that shelved him for a month.

Since returning to the Quakes on June 30, Vogel was just 2-for-20 with seven strikeouts before Wednesday, when he doubled and scored in the first inning. Then Vogel hit a three-run shot off Miguel Rondon in the seventh inning of Rancho Cucamonga’s blowout win.

Double-A Tulsa

A five-run fifth against reliever Jordan Martinson undid a solid start from Andre Jackson in Tulsa’s loss to the Springfield Cardinals. Jackson allowed a run on three hits in four innings on Wednesday, and will head to Denver to play in the Futures Game on Sunday.

The two best hitting prospects on the Drillers — Michael Busch and Miguel Vargas — both hit solo home runs. Vargas, who was promoted to Double-A on June 17, leads the Drillers in both slugging percentage (.536) and OPS (.848) among players with at least 15 plate appearances.

High-A Great Lakes

Heavy rainfall for the better part of 24 hours made the field in Midland, Michigan unplayable, so Wednesday night’s game between Great Lakes and the Lansing Lugnuts (A’s) was postponed.

The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, consisting of two seven-inning games.

Low-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes poured it on, scoring 16 runs to beat the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres). In addition to Vogel, designated hitter Eddys Leonard and shortstop Alex De Jesus also homered in the win.

Third baseman Jorbit Vivas doubled and was 4-for-4 on the night. Carlos Duran struck out seven batters in three innings in relief to earn the win.

Transactions

Triple-A: Mitch White was recalled to the majors. Yoshi Tsutsugo was sent outright to Oklahoma City, removing him from the Dodgers 40-man roster.

Wednesday scores

Thursday schedule

  • 4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Logan Boyer) vs. Lansing (Richard Guasch)
  • 5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Mike Kickham) at El Paso [Padres] (Jesse Scholtens)
  • 5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Gerardo Carrillo) at Springfield (Domingo Robles)
  • 6:30 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Gavin Stone) vs. Lake Elsinore (Dwayne Matos)