Opening day for the minors had a major league feel for the Dodgers on Thursday night with two of the three games in action featuring a rehabbing player from the big club.
Yasmani Grandal (right forearm soreness) was 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and a sacrifice fly for Triple-A Oklahoma City and caught seven innings in Nashville.
Howie Kendrick (left calf strain) was 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and a hit by pitch for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga as the designated hitter, and tested his calf in an unsuccessful stolen base attempt.
Player of the day
Zach Lee may have lost the Dodgers' fifth starter battle, but he was the opening day starter for Triple-A Oklahoma City, and pitched like one on Thursday night. Lee threw six scoreless frames, allowing only three singles with no walks and two strikeouts. Lee faced just one batter over the minimum, inducing double plays in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
OKC picked up where the big league Dodgers left off in San Diego with a 5-0 road win over the Nashville Sounds (Athletics). Micah Johnson was 2-for-5 with two steals and two runs scored from the leadoff spot, and Rob Segedin carried over his strong spring into opening day, hitting a home run while playing third base in the opener.
The game was delayed 45 minutes by rain at the start, though the weather wasn't bad enough to keep them from playing.
Eight days shy of the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, Lisalverto Bonilla struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief.
The first thing noticeable when seeing the Drillers' opening day roster is that they are loaded with the Dodgers' best offensive prospects, so it's only fitting that in their first game Tulsa was shut out on two hits by the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros), 2-0.
Part of that was due to first baseman Cody Bellinger being a late scratch, reportedly because of back stiffness per the team. Bellinger is listed as day-to-day.
Chase De Jong got the tough-luck loss despite allowing only one run in six strong innings, striking out six with one walk. Kyle Farmer and Adam Law were the two Drillers to reach base, each with a single.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Class-A Great Lakes
Snow came through Lansing (Blue Jays) and wiped out the Great Lakes season opener. The two teams will attempt a doubleheader on Friday, with a pair of seven-inning contests.
Triple-A: Oklahoma City added Sam LeCure, just signed to a minor league deal. ... Class-A: Pitchers Derrick Sylvester and Bernardo Reyes were added to the Loons' roster, and placed on the seven-day disabled list
Great Lakes at Lansing, ppd.
3:05 p.m. PT - Great Lakes (Michael Boyle, Isaac Anderson) at Lansing (Sean Reid-Foley, Ryan Cook), doubleheader
4:35 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Jharel Cotton) at Nashville (Jesse Hahn)
5:05 p.m. - Tulsa (Chris Anderson) at Corpus Christi (David Paulino)
7:05 p.m. - Lake Elsinore (Thomas Dorminy) at Rancho Cucamonga (Brock Stewart)