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Yadier Alvarez, Josh Sborz stumble in 2017 debuts

Yadier Alvarez made his first start of 2017 in Lancaster on Monday night.
Photo credit: Tomo San | LA Dodgers

Monday saw Dodgers minor league affiliates split four games, including a pair of high-profile pitchers stumbling a bit in their 2017 debuts.

Player of the day

Edwin Rios went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Tulsa’s win on Monday, continuing his hot start. Rios, the Dodgers’ sixth-round pick in 2015 out of Florida International, is hitting .366/.395/.683 with three home runs, four doubles and 11 RBI in 10 games.

The ball he hit on Monday might not have landed yet.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Down one in the ninth inning, Oklahoma City was able to force extra innings, but ultimately lost in 11 innings to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 4-3 to conclude their road trip.

Brett Eibner had two hits and a walk, and scored the tying run in the ninth inning. Chris Taylor triples, and OKC got doubles from Darnell Sweeney and Charlie Culberson.

Adam Liberatore pitched two scoreless innings in relief, his fifth scoreless appearance of the year, with 5⅔ scoreless innings, four strikeouts and no walks on the season.

Double-A Tulsa

Josh Sborz had a rough go of it in his 2017 debut, allowing six runs (five earned) in 3⅔ innings, but the Drillers fought back to beat the Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers). Tim Locastro was 2-for-6 and hit a walk-off double in the 10th inning for the win.

Kyle Farmer went 3-for-4 with a walk in the win.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

Yadier Alvarez was rusty in his 2017 debut, recording just eight outs while allowing seven runs on nine hits, with two walks and two wild pitches in the Quakes’ 9-5 loss to the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies).

There was some minor league defense involved, including a botched double play ball, but it simply wasn’t a good outing for Alvarez, who threw 65 pitches in his start and failed to strikeout a batter.

Will Smith was 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI, and also threw out two runners trying to steal from behind the plate.

Class-A Great Lakes

Down 3-0 after two innings, the Loons methodically clawed their way back to a 5-4 win over the South Bend Cubs.

The Great Lakes offense was spread pretty much evenly throughout the lineup with eight of the nine starters tallying exactly one hit. Brendon Davis doubled and the 19-year-old is hitting a robust .406/.548/.688 through 10 games.

The comeback was helped greatly by 3⅔ innings of scoreless relief from Parker Curry, a non-drafted free agent the Dodgers signed last July out of Samford University. The right-hander struck out three and walked one.

Sven Schuller got the save.


Triple-A: Catcher Brant Whiting was activated from the disabled list, and in a paper move Wednesday starter Jair Jurrjens was transferred to rookie-level Ogden. Corner man Rob Segedin was recalled to the Dodgers.

Monday scores

Memphis 4, Oklahoma City 3 (11 innings)

Tulsa 7, Frisco 6 (10 innings)

Lancaster 9, Rancho Cucamonga 5

Great Lakes 5, South Bend 4

Tuesday schedule

4:05 p.m. ET - Great Lakes (Leo Crawford) at South Bend (Duncan Robinson)

5:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Justin Masterson) vs. Nashville [Athletics] (Zach Neal)

5:05 p.m. - Tulsa (Scott Barlow) vs. Frisco (Connor Sadzeck)

6:35 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (Mitch White) at Lancaster (Colin Welmon)