Three Dodgers affiliates were on the road on Tuesday, while the one at home was rained out. The day saw a ridiculously long 1-0 game with a position player on the mound and a pitcher in the field, which brings us the highlight performance.
Player of the day
First baseman Lars Anderson was 0-for-7 with three strikeouts at the plate, but he was still an easy choice for player of the day.
When Double-A Tulsa's scoreless game at Springfield extended into the 16th inning, the Drillers were out of fresh pitchers and turned to the 27-year-old Anderson, who was playing his 947th professional baseball game but had never pitched.
Anderson's first appearance on the mound went great, as he tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win. The left-hander allowed singles in each inning and didn't strike anybody out, but he induced three ground outs and three fly outs to get the job done.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The OKC Dodgers' game against the Iowa Cubs was rained out, and will be remade as part of a doubleheader starting at 2:35 p.m. PT on Sept. 1, the next time Iowa makes a trip to Oklahoma City.
Adam Law, in his first game back off the disabled list, led off the 17th inning with a single, then scored two outs later on a double by Jeremy Rathjen in Tulsa's 1-0 road victory in 17 innings over the Springfield Cardinals. a Deck McGuire pitched six scoreless innings, continuing his strong start to 2015.
@TulsaDrillers!!!! That may have been one of the coolest/ craziest games I've ever been a part of... #streakstarter— Deck McGuire (@deckmcguire) May 20, 2015
Law was 2-for-4 with a walk for the Drillers, and he didn't even start the game. He entered in the sixth inning. Tulsa batters struck out 20 times and the only other Driller with a multi-hit game was catcher Ali Solis, who was 3-for-7 in addition to catching all 17 innings.
In addition to Anderson pitching and winning the game, the Drillers used two pitchers on offense - Blake Smith struck out as a pinch hitter in the 15th inning, then Steve Smith finished the game in right field and struck out in his only plate appearance. Smith also caught the second out of the final inning.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Zachary Bird struck out eight batters in five innings, and was in line for the win after allowing only one run, but seven runs combined in the seventh and eighth innings gave the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels) an 8-3 win over the Quakes on Tuesday night, snapping an eight-game winning streak for Rancho Cucamonga.
Kyle Farmer was 3-for-4 with a run scored in defeat. The 24-year-old catcher is hitting .346/.397/.510 in 28 games between Rancho Cucamonga (23 games) and Double-A Tulsa (five games) combined this season.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
Roberth Fernandez was greeted rudely in his United States professional debut, allowing six runs in 2⅓ innings in a 10-5 loss to the Dayton Dragons (Reds). The 20-year-old left-hander, signed out of Venezuela in January 2013, allowed six hits, including a home run, walked three and hit a batter while recording seven outs.
Michael Ahmed was 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and two runs batted in out of the leadoff position, and has reached base by hit or walk in 18 consecutive games.
There was greatness afoot at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, with Reds instructors Barry Larkin and Eric Davis in town and in the dugout for Dayton.
Former #Reds @BarryLarkin & @EricDavis3344 #Live from the #DaytonDragons dugout @DragonsBaseball @Reds #InstaReds pic.twitter.com/cdejVEu0vM— DaytonGram (@daytongram) May 20, 2015
Barry Larkin and Eric Davis in dugout for @DragonsBaseball game! pic.twitter.com/eLWYcvAfqB— Chad Millette (@PrymtymX2) May 20, 2015
Triple-A: Left-handed pitcher David Huff was activated from the disabled list after missing 15 games with an elbow injury.
Double-A: Peter Lavin was placed on the seven-day disabled list, Law was activated from the DL.
Class-A: The Loons added infielder Ivan Vela and pitcher Brandon Martinez from extended spring training; pitcher Victor Gonzalez was placed on the seven-day DL and first baseman Justin Chigbogu was sent to extended spring training.
Tuesday box scores
Inland Empire 8, Rancho Cucamonga 3
4 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Grant Holmes) at Dayton (Tejay Antone)
4:30 p.m.: Tulsa (Jeremy Kehrt) at Springfield (TBD)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Brock Stewart) at Inland Empire (Victor Alcantara)
Wednesday night is Stewart's debut with Rancho. The right-hander, drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round in 2014, was 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA in seven starts with Great Lakes, with 38 strikeouts and six walks in 38 innings. The Illinois native and former Illinois State pitcher has already introduced himself to the finer points of California:
Driving by and see a 30 car line minimum at In-N-Out right now.... Get it together America— Brock Stewart (@B_Rock_one5) May 20, 2015
Oklahoma City is off on Wednesday before starting a four-game series in Las Vegas on Thursday night.