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Raptors' Curletta feasts on Osprey
Dodgers prospect drives in seven of Raptors' 20 runs
07/18/2013 1:16 AM ET
Joey Curletta is batting .275 with six doubles and 10 RBIs in 22 games for Ogden.
Joey Curletta is batting .275 with six doubles and 10 RBIs in 22 games for Ogden. (Ogden Raptors)

Joey Curletta had the kind of night that changes how a player looks at his season.

The Dodgers prospect went 4-for-6 and drove in a career-high seven runs as part of a 23-hit attack Wednesday as Rookie-level Ogden routed Missoula, 20-3, at Lindquist Field.

Curletta capped a six-run opening inning with a two-run single, grounded out in the second, then cleared the bases with a double in the third before scoring on a double by Jesmuel Valentin. He doubled again and scored in the fifth, singled home two more runs in the seventh and flied out in the eighth.

"I was seeing the ball well tonight and putting good swings on the ball and having good at-bats," Curletta said. "A fun night with the team, everyone was hitting the ball hard tonight."

The Dodgers' sixth-round pick last year was an unlikely candidate for a seven-RBI game after totaling nine RBIs in his first 46 Minor League games.

"It was pretty good because it was more RBIs in one game than I had the whole season," the 19-year-old outfielder said. "I was pretty excited about it. I don't really think about that, but I guess in baseball anything can happen. You try not to expect anything, but I don't rule anything out. It was fun, it was good time."

Wednesday was the Raptors' most productive night since they collected 24 hits in a 20-0 thumping of Idaho Falls on June 20, 2011. Valentin, the Dodgers' No. 13 prospect, finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in four runs. Pat Stover was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Kyle Farmer scored four times.

"There's really nothing like it," Curletta said. "Brandon [Trinkwon] started the game off with a home run and everyone is up in the dugout, cheering, smiling, talking smack to each other. It's just a good time with the team, something we needed after struggling a bit on the road. There's nothing really like a 20-run game. I think everyone was having a great time, it was cool."

Scott Barlow (1-2) was the beneficiary of the outburst, recording his first professional win after allowing three hits and striking out four over five scoreless innings.

Stryker Trahan, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect, hit a solo homer for the Osprey.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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