It was a rough day for the Dodger affiliated teams, as they went a combined 0-4.
Player of the day
Dodgers fans got a glimpse of him during Spring Training this year, and he was as good as advertised on Thursday night. Dustin May, starting the season in double-A with the Tulsa Drillers, threw five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits. More impressively, he struck out nine batters.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers lost to the San Antonio Missions 5-3, but the highlight of the game for Oklahoma City was Clayton Kershaw. After starting the season on the injured list, Kershaw made his first rehab appearance for OKC on their Opening Day.
Kershaw threw 61 pitches in his 4 1⁄3 innings of work. He struck out six, but allowed two runs on four hits. His next step will be another rehab start with Oklahoma City.
Clayton Kershaw on his night. Said next step is “probably” another rehab start. pic.twitter.com/qoa09UoduZ— Jacob Unruh (@jacobunruh) April 5, 2019
Clayton Kershaw opened the season on the bump for the @okc_dodgers Thursday. The 3-time Cy Young Award winner went 4.1 innings, threw 61 pitches, allowed 4 hits, 2 runs, and struck out 6 in a rehab start.— Lee Benson (@LeeBensonNews9) April 5, 2019
Sights and sounds from #KershawDay ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/WV1GClUWL8
It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Dodgers got on the board. Matt Beaty brought in Daniel Castro with an RBI single to center, cutting the deficit to only one. After a Will Smith walk, Edwin Rios stepped up to the plate. He doubled, tying the game at two a piece.
Things fell apart in the ninth inning for Justin Grimm. He allowed three runs on three hits, and ultimately got the loss in the first game of the year.
The Drillers opened up their season by celebrating their 2018 Texas League Championship. Unfortunately, the night would be spoiled with a late-inning comeback by the Arkansas Travelers.
Up 3-2 in the ninth, Layne Somsen was unable to secure the victory, issuing a walk and back-to-back singles to surrender the lead, and give Tulsa the one-run deficit. In the bottom of the ninth, Gavin Lux doubled, scoring Jared Walker and tying the game at four.
The game went to extras, and Arkansas would tack on two in the 10th off of Adam McCreery. The Drillers were unable to come from behind and win, and lost the game 6-4.
Dustin May got the start for Tulsa and was absolutely electric. He went only five innings, but struck out nine and allowed only two hits.
Single-A Rancho Cucamonga
Leo Crawford allowed four runs in the first inning for the Quakes, and that was all it took, as they fell to the Ports 4-1.
Only five batters into the game, Stockton already had put four runs on the board. The bullpen would strike out nine and allow only two hits over their six innings of work.
For the Quakes, they had only two hits on the night, and were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons were the only affiliate to not score a run on opening night, losing to Lake County 4-0. They were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.
Stephen Kolek got the start, walking four and allowing three runs in his 2 2⁄3 innings of work.
6:30 pm ET: Great Lakes (TBA) at Lake County (TBA)
8:05 pm ET: San Antonio (Bubba Derby) at Oklahoma City (Daniel Corcino)
8:05 pm ET: Arkansas (Ricardo Sanchez) at Tulsa (Yadier Alvarez)
10:10 pm ET: Rancho Cucamonga (Edwin Uceta) at Stockton (TBA)