Monday saw four close contests among Dodgers minor league affiliates, with the group winning two.
Player of the day
A little rest did A.J. Alexy good. The 19-year-old right-hander, drafted by the Dodgers in the 11th round in 2016, was skipped the last time through Class-A Great Lakes’ rotation. On Monday, he set a professional high with eight strikeouts, allowing just one run on one hit and one walk in 4⅔ innings.
Alexy has a 3.16 ERA in eight starts this season for the Loons, with 33 strikeouts and nine walks in 25⅔ innings.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Max Muncy hit a three-run home run, part of a four-run first inning that Oklahoma City made hold up in a 4-3 road win over the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres) on Monday afternoon.
Muncy started in left field and also played first base in the game. He has started games at first base, second base, third base, left field and right field this season for OKC, and also walked twice Monday. He’s hitting .348/.397/.535 in 21 games.
Fabio Castillo pitched five scoreless innings, striking out six for the win. The OKC staff struck out 10 in the game, and their numbers could have been even better.
.@okc_dodgers pitched better than the box score shows. Of the 9 hits allowed, 3 were pop ups lost in the sun and another was a 50 ft single.— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) May 22, 2017
The Drillers got home runs from Jose Miguel Fernandez and Paul Hoenecke, but a pair of eighth-inning runs lifted the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners) over Tulsa, 5-4 on Monday.
Fernandez, the 29-year-old Cuban signed to a minor league deal in the offseason, is hitting .301/.340/.459 with nine doubles and four home runs in 37 games for Tulsa. His excellent patience hasn’t really translated yet in the minors. He walked once on Monday, but that was just his sixth walk in 144 plate appearances.
Walker Buehler started for Tulsa, his third Double-A start, and he allowed two runs on six hits in four innings, with two walks and two strikeouts.
@TulsaDrillers manager Ryan Garko on RHP Walker Buehler's start Monday:`They hit a lot of ground balls that found holes. He did a good job.'— Barry Lewis (@BarryLewisTW) May 22, 2017
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Yadier Alvarez struck out five in five scoreless innings in the Quakes’ 2-0 loss to the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks). The game was scoreless into the eighth, when Visalia rallied for a pair of two-out runs against Parker Curry.
Alvarez allowed one single and one walk in his five innings.
Class-A Great Lakes
Cody Thomas hit a solo home run in the 10th inning, giving the Loons a 5-4, walk-off win over the Dayton Dragons (Reds). Gavin Lux, the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2016, was 2-for-5 with a double in the win. It was his fifth multi-hit game in his last 10, hitting .405/.422/.548 during that span.
Class-A: Great Lakes activated pitcher Garrett Harrison from the disabled list, and added pitchers Alexy and Chris Mathewson from extended spring training. Pitchers Leo Crawford, Willian Soto, and Patrick Duester were all placed on the DL. The Loons also activated infielder Nick Yarnall from the DL and transferred him to extended spring training.
4:05 p.m. PT - Great Lakes (Jordan Sheffield) vs. Dayton (Andrew Jordan)
5:05 p.m. - Tulsa (Scott Barlow) at San Antonio (Kyle Lloyd)
6:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Justin Masterson) at Albuquerque (Ryan Carpenter)
7:05 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (Dean Kremer) at Modesto (Nick Neidert)