Three Dodgers minor league affiliates were in action on Wednesday, and all three were victorious, with some standout performances.
Player of the day
Wilmer Font was electric on Wednesday night, striking out 11 in five scoreless innings in a win for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The right-hander allowed just two singles, a double and a walk in his second start of the year.
The Dodgers signed the Venezuelan right-hander to a minor league deal in December. He turns 27 in May.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Font wasn’t the only pitcher to excel for OKC on Wednesday, in the 5-0 road win over the Nashville Sounds (A’s). Two days after he was acquired from Baltimore, Joe Gunkel made his debut in the organization with two scoreless innings of his own, and Pedro Baez struck out two in his perfect 1⅓ innings in his third and what looks to be final rehab appearance with OKC.
Pedro Baez is expected to meet the team on Friday in Los Angeles.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) April 12, 2017
Pedro Baez will be activated when Dodgers return home.— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) April 12, 2017
Alex Verdugo doubled and walked in the win, and Chris Taylor singled and walked twice, scoring two runs from the leadoff spot.
The Drillers were off Wednesday after a season-opening six-game road trip, and play their home opener on Thursday night against the Midland RockHounds (A’s).
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Mitch White continued his dominant start to his professional career, throwing five scoreless innings in the Quakes’ 11-2 win over the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels).
White did allow one hit, his first of the season, and one walk, and struck out six. So far this season, he has allowed one hit and four walks in nine scoreless innings, with 11 strikeouts. The 2016 second-round pick has a professional ERA of 0.00 in 31 innings, with 41 strikeouts and 10 walks.
On offense, every starter had at least one hit, and Rancho Cucamonga reached base 23 times by hit or walk in the win. Yusniel Diaz was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, Ariel Sandoval was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, and Erick Mejia was 2-for-5 with a triple and a walk.
Class-A Great Lakes
Oneil Cruz reached on an error in the 10th inning, stole second, and scored on a single by catcher Steve Herman, giving the Loons a 3-2 extra-inning win over the Lake County Captains (Indians) on Wednesday night.
Jordan Sheffield made his 2017 debut for Great Lakes, allowing just a run on four hits in his four innings, with four strikeouts and a walk. Leo Crawford followed with four scoreless innings of his own, striking out two.
Triple-A: With outfielder Trayce Thompson called up to join the Dodgers, newly-acquired pitcher Joe Gunkel was added to the OKC roster.
Class-A: Jordan Sheffield was added to Great Lakes roster from extended spring training to make his 2017 debut. Pitcher Lenix Osuna was transferred to rookie-level Ogden in the paper move of all paper moves, since the Raptors don’t begin their schedule until June 19.
3:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Dustin May) vs. Dayton Dragons [Reds] (Wennington Romero)
4:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Fabio Castillo) at Nashville (Zach Neal)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Isaac Anderson) vs. Midland (Heath Fillmyer)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Caleb Ferguson) vs. Lake Elsinore Storm [Padres] (Cal Quantrill)