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Scott Baker named PCL Pitcher of the Week

Scott Baker retired 40 of 46 batters last week for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Scott Baker retired 40 of 46 batters last week for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Photo: Oklahoma City Dodgers

Dodgers pitcher Scott Baker won two games and allowed only one run on five hits in two starts last week for Triple-A Oklahoma City, and on Monday was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 22-28.

It was the second time this season Baker has won the PCL weekly honor, also doing so for the week of April 20-26.

Baker allowed one run on three hits in the first inning against the Colorado Sky Sox (Brewers) on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, but then retired his final 16 batters faced.

He extended that streak to 24 straight batters retired until issuing a walk in the third inning at the Nashville Sounds (Athletics) on Sunday. Baker on Sunday allowed just two hits and that one walk over eight scoreless innings, striking out six. He retired 40 of his 46 batters faced during the week.

Baker has allowed five total runs in his last five starts, striking out 21 with just four walks in 37 innings to go along with his 1.22 ERA during that span.

The 33-year-old right-hander on the season is 7-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 12 starts in Triple-A, with 51 strikeouts and only seven walks in 74⅓ innings.

In addition to Baker's two Pitcher of the Week wins this year, Oklahoma City has had two other weekly winners - Mike Bolsinger won Pitcher of the Week for April 9-19, and outfielder Scott Schebler won Player of the Week for June 15-21.