The story of the first week in the minors for the Dodgers has been the pitching of Triple-A Oklahoma City, which has allowed nine runs in four games, including a shutout on Sunday afternoon.
Player of the day
In a Simple Minds outing, Mike Bolsinger on Sunday tried to make sure the Dodgers starting pitching depth chart didn't forget about him. The right-hander struck out nine and allowed only one hit and two walks in six scoreless inning in a win for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
In addition to Bolsinger's great outing, the Dodgers got scoreless innings in relief out of Ryan Buchter, Sergio Santos and Josh Ravin, the latter two with two strikeouts each and Ravin earning the save in a 2-0 win over the Round Rock Express (Rangers). The Oklahoma City pitching stuff has a 2.25 ERA through four games, with 44 strikeouts and seven walks in 36 innings.
New catcher Brian Ward, acquired from Baltimore on Thursday, was 0-for-1 in his Dodgers organization debut, but also walked twice, including a bases-loaded free pass in the sixth to plate the Dodgers' second run.
The Drillers lost 4-0 to the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros), though Corey Seager did have his third multi-hit contest in four games. Tulsa had a couple of notable relief outings, with Fabio Martinez striking out two in his two scoreless innings, while Ralston Cash struck out three in his two innings, allowing only an unearned run.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes fell to the Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners) 7-2, thanks to a four-run sixth inning that saw Victor Araujo allow two home runs, and all four runs. Brandon Trinkwon, Joey Curletta and Adam Law each had two hits and a double for the Quakes in defeat, with law hitting two doubles. Albert Vanegas, drafted by the Dodgers in the 11th round in 2014, made his California League debut, allowing a run in two innings in relief, but also with four strikeouts.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons took out the frustration of three days of postponements on the West Michiagan Whitecaps (Tigers) in a 5-1 road win on what was a belated opening day for Great Lakes. Yadir Drake doubled home Jimmy Allen in the first inning for the Loons' first run of the season. Both Drake and Allen ended with two hits, as did left fielder Jacob Scavuzzo.
Brock Stewart, drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round in 2014, struck out six in five innings, allowing only one run to pick up the win.
Relief pitcher Ryan Webb was sent outright to Triple-A, but he hasn't yet been added to Oklahoma City's roster.
Sunday box scores
Monday schedule & pitchers
3:35 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Grant Holmes) at West Michigan (Trent Szkutnik)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Joe Wieland) vs. Nashville (Brad Mills)
All eyes will be on Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, wondering if Wieland will in fact make that start, or perhaps be held for a one-day trip to Los Angeles for a spot start Tuesday night for the Dodgers. Wieland could only be recalled Tuesday if someone else — like Juan Uribe or Justin Turner, though neither seem likely to miss that much time — goes on the disabled list.
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Matt Shelton) vs. Corpus Christi (Mike Hauschild)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Michael Johnson) at Inland Empire (Jordan Kipper)