Tuesday saw five Dodgers minor leaguers compete in All-Star Games, including an MVP. The day including a $62.5 million infielder hitting the disabled list with a hamstring strain, a starting pitcher return from the DL, an 18-year-old who has yet to allow an earned run, and a 19-year-old hit for the cycle in his first game at a new position.
Player of the day
Jared Walker was 5-for-5 and hit for the cycle for the AZL Dodgers in their 14-8 win over the AZL Padres on Tuesday night in Peoria. Walker, drafted by the Dodgers in the fifth round in 2014 out of high school in Georgia, scored four runs and drove in three. After playing third base all of last year in his first two starts this year, the 19-year-old Walker played second base on Tuesday.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
It was a strong pitching night for Oklahoma City in a 5-1 win over the Colorado Spring Sky Sox (Brewers).Scott Baker allowed one run in six innings to win his fourth straight decision, retiring his final 16 batters faced. Baker in his last four starts is 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA, with 15 strikeouts and three walks in 29 innings. It was the first start for Baker since June 11, missing nearly two weeks with a back injury.
"Bake coming off the DL with the back issue and went out and really pitched outstanding," Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill told Jacon Unruh of The Oklahoman. "The plan was for him to go out and go six if he could. He still had more in the tank at the six-inning mark, but for precaution we went to the bullpen after that."
Following Baker were a pair of Dodgers rehabbing pitchers, with Paco Rodriguez (eight pitches) and Pedro Baez (11 pitches) each retiring all three batters they faced in a scoreless inning.
Chin-hui Tsao allowed a single in the ninth inning but pitched a scoreless frame to end it. Tsao has allowed one run in his last 12 appearances, with 15 strikeouts and two walks in 13 innings.
Scott Schebler was 1-for-3, with a two-run double in the fourth inning. O`Koyea Dickson went 1-for-3 with a home run, his first long ball since May 21, snapping a 28-game homerless drought for the first baseman.
Third baseman Jarek Cunningham had three hits, including a home run and a double, leading the Drillers to a 10-2 win over the Springfield Cardinals. Tulsa broken open a 2-2 tie with a seven-run eighth inning, then added another run in the ninth. Ronald Torreyes, acquired from Toronto for cash on June 12, went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, batting leadoff. Torreyes since joining Tulsa is hitting .276 (8-for-29) with a .364 on-base percentage and four doubles in nine games, compared to three doubles in 35 games between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Fresno, hitting .175 with a .208 on-base percentage elsewhere.
Jeremy Kehrt struck out six in six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) in his first start back off the disabled list.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Second baseman Brandon Trinkwon went 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and two runs batted in to win All-Star MVP honors in the California League's 9-2 win over the Carolina League. Fellow starter Cody Bellinger was 1-for-4 with two RBI, hitting a sacrifice fly and an RBI double, the latter scoring Trinkwon.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons had three players contribute in the Eastern Division's 5-0 win in the Midwest League All-Star Game.
Grant Holmes retired both batters he faced in the fifth inning, including one by strikeout. J.D. Underwood pitched the seventh inning, and struck out the only batter he faced. Michael Ahmed entered the game on defense in the sixth inning and played the final four innings at third base. Ahmed was 1-for-2 on the night, with an RBI single in a three-run ninth that put the game away.
Third baseman Matt Beaty, drafted by the Dodgers in the 12th round two weeks ago out of Belmont, had three hits and a walk in his fourth professional game, but the Raptors lost 9-6 to the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals). Ogden held a 6-5 lead after five innings, but the Chukars scored four runs across three innings off reliever Gregor Mora. First baseman Scott De Jong went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and drove in three in the loss.
In the AZL Dodgers' 14-8 win over the AZL Padres, Juan Jaime pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts, allowing one hit. Jaime, acquired from the Braves on May 27, has been at Camelback Ranch in Arizona for four weeks working with instructors on his command. Tuesday marked his second outing in as many nights, both scoreless frames, with three total strikeouts.
Dominican Summer League
The DSL Dodgers lost to the DSL Giants 7-0, but the growing legend of Leonardo Crawford continued. The 18-year-old Nicaraguan left-hander pitched five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out four. Through five professional starts, Crawford's ERA remains 0.00, allowing just one run in 27⅓ innings, and has an active streak of 18⅓ scoreless innings. On the season he has 30 strikeouts and six walks while allowing 14 hits.
Triple-A: Hector Olivera was placed on the seven-day DL with a hamstring strain, but he was not alone. Pitchers a Steve Smith and Ramon Troncoso were also placed on the DL, both retroactive to Monday. Baker was activated from the DL to make his start, and the recently-optioned Daniel Coulombe, Josh Ravin and Matt West were all added back to the Oklahoma City roster.
Double-A: Kehrt was activated from the DL to start for the Drillers, and southpaw Michael Thomas was placed on the seven-day DL.
Tuesday box scores
9:05 a.m. PT: Colorado Springs (Tyler Bravy) at Oklahoma City (Deck McGuire)
10:10 a.m.: Tulsa (Chris Anderson) at Springfield (Arturo Reyes)
6 p.m.: Idaho Falls (Hunter Haynes) at Ogden (Dennis Santana)