To me, this seems to be the plan for the immediate future. They are just waiting for some of their injuries to heal, and maybe some better results from the players they have.
I don’t get them signing Wynn and not giving Feduccia a shot. He hit well in spring training and Barnes and Wynn couldn’t hit Jeff’s pitching at this point. Having that huge hole in the batting order is to me a big problem.
I believe Thompson is on the shortest leash of all of the outfielders. I have seen a lot of fans call for the Dodgers to dump Heyward. The problem I have with that is that he is making real solid contact and has been extremely unlucky with so many hard hit balls right at a defender. His own defense has been stellar.
As I get back to writing this, they have won two games in a row and sit a game back in the West. Friday’s win was on Apple TV+ so I did not get to watch it. But Saturday night’s 1-0 win was fun to watch. Except for Chris Taylor’s at bats. I wish someone would tell him he is not Babe Ruth. He swings from the heels all the time.
Right now, I see no immediate solutions to the inconsistency that has dogged this team. But I am hoping that AF has some sort of backup plan.
A couple of feel good items though. Miller made his season debut last night and went 3.1 allowing 1 run. In the first inning, 8 of his 15 pitches were at 100 or above. Also, Walker Buehler is ahead of schedule and could pitch before the end of the season.
04-30-2023 MiLB Summary
(by Jeff Dominique)
OKC Dodgers 9 – Sacramento River Cats (Giants) 4 – Game 1
OKC scored 9 runs with only 5 hits. But they did receive 11 walks. In the 1st, Hunter Feduccia doubled (4) and Jahmai Jones walked. Steven Duggar singled home Feduccia and Jones went to 3B to score on a ground out.
In the 3rd with 2 outs, OKC put together 4 walks and a Devin Mann bases clearing double (15) to score 4.
In the 5th, 2 more BB’s and a 2-out single scored a run.
In the 6th, 3 more walks, a double play, and single scored the final 2 runs.
Matt Andriese started for OKC. He completed 5.0 IP surrendering 3 runs (2 earned), on 6 hits, no walks, and 2 Ks. He gave up a solo HR in the 1st. Andriese allowed a double, single, and sac fly for a 2nd run.
Andriese allowed a solo run in the 5th.
In the 6th, Justin Hagenman gave up 2 hits and 2 walks for the Cats final run. Adam Kolarek struck out the only batter he faced in the 6th to end the threat.
Nick Robertson pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the win.
- Devin Mann – 1-3, double (15), 3 RBI
- Hunter Feduccia – 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, double (4)
- Jahmai Jones – 2BB, 3 R
- Steven Duggar – 1-1, 3 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI
- Yonny Hernandez – 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 RBI
Sacramento River Cats (Giants) 5 – OKC Dodgers 1 – Game 2
Top SFG pitching prospect, LHSP Kyle Harrison, lost his control in the 2nd inning. With 3 walks, and DP, OKC scored their sole run. Harrison throws 10 straight balls, and Patrick Mazeika swings at the first pitch and hits into a DP.
Bryan Hudson was the opener in what was designed as a bullpen game. He pitched a perfect inning with 2 Ks.
Andre Jackson issued 2 walks in the 2nd and 3rd, but no runs. In the 4th, the Cats scored on 2 BB and 2 force outs. That was followed by a single, and Mark Washington was brought in to try and finish the inning. He gave up a double for 2-runs, both charged to Jackson.
In the 5th, Washington gave up a single and a 2-run HR by Heliot Ramos.
Jake Reed and Tayler Scott pitched a scoreless inning each.
OKC had a single by Justin Yurchak for their only hit.
After their 7th consecutive win in the first game, OKC was the first AAA team to 20 wins. The 7-game win streak ended in the 2nd game.
Tulsa Drillers 10 – Arkansas Travelers (Seattle) 9
Nick Frasso started for the Drillers. This was his 5th start of the season, and it may have been his worst. It was a scoreless 4.0 innings. He only gave up 1 hit but he issued 2 BB to go with his 4 Ks. The reason it may be considered not at the same level as his others, even with 0 runs scored, is because of 2 walks and more flyouts than ground outs. For the season:
- April 7 – 66 pitches / 48 strikes, 3/1 (Groundouts/Flyouts) – 0 BB, 6 K
- April 13 – 67 pitches / 47 strikes, 6/0 (Groundouts/Flyouts) – 1 BB, 5 K
- April 19 – 75 pitches / 53 strikes, 5/1 (Groundouts/Flyouts) – 2 BB, 7 K
- April 25 – 69 pitches / 51 strikes, 3/0 (Groundouts/Flyouts) – 0 BB, 8 K
- April 30 – 75 pitches / 48 strikes, 1/3 (Groundouts/Flyouts) – 2 BB, 4 K
The Drillers jumped out to a 4-0 lead. In the 2nd, José Ramos drew a walk, and scored on a Carson Taylor. In the 3rd, a walk to Jorbit Vivas who eventually came home on an Imanol Vargas sac fly.
In the 5th, Andy Pages doubled (7) and scored on a DH Diego Cartaya double (3). Cartaya came home on an error.
Lael Lockhart relieved Frasso and allowed an unearned run in the 5th. In the 6th the Drillers bullpen continued their struggle. With Lockhart still in the game, he gave up a lead off HR. After 2 outs, Lockhart then gave up a HR and double and was relieved by Cole Percival. Percival walked the first two batters he faced, and hit the third batter for another run. John Rooney relieved Percival and walked the first batter he saw. The Travelers now had a 5-4 lead.
The Drillers jumped back into the lead in the 7th. Diego Cartaya led off the inning with a single. Ramos was HBP and Eddys Leonard drew a walk to load the bases. With one out, Bryson Brigman singled home a pair and Jonny DeLuca doubled home with. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out, Jorbit Vivas hit a sac fly and an 8-5 lead.
With the bullpen still leaking, Ryan Sublette took over in the 7th and loaded the bases on a HBP and 2 walks. He gave way to Ben Harris and he hit the first batter he faced to force in a run.
With Ben Harris going back out in the 8th, he walked the lead off batter and then surrendered a 2-run HR to tie the score. Braydon Fisher entered and got the final 2 outs in the inning and retired the side in order in the 9th.
With the runner on 2nd to start the inning, Jonny DeLuca hit a 2-run HR. With one out, Andy Pages singled, moved to 2nd on a ground out and scored on a Cartaya single and a 3-run lead going into the bottom of the 10th.
Braydon Fisher went back out in the 10th and gave 2 back, but got out of the inning with a win.
- Diego Cartaya – 3-5, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, double (3)
- Jonny DeLuca – 3-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 doubles (4), HR (6)
- Andy Pages – 2-5, 1 BB, 2 runs
- Bryson Brigman – 2 RBI
Great Lakes Loons 5 – Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego) 2
Ronan Kopp started and completed 2.0 IP. In the 2nd inning he gave up a single and 3 walks to force in a run. Great Lakes got the run back in the 3rd. Three consecutive 2-out singles Jake Vogel, Yeiner Fernandez, and Damon Keith tied the score.
In the 5th, Great Lakes got singles by Austin Gauthier and Jake Vogel. Both moved up on a WP. Gauthier scored on a ground out and Vogel moved to third. Vogel scored on a balk.
In Robbie Peto’s 3rd inning, he gave up a solo HR.
In the 8th, Alex Freeland drew a walk and stole 2B. He moved to 3rd on the errant throw, and scored on a sac fly. With 2 out, Griffin Lockwood-Powell doubled and scored on a Yunior Garcia single.
Three Tulsa pitchers completed 1.0 scoreless IP, with Jake Pilarski pitching the ninth for his 7th save.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 13 – Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) 8
RC scored 13 runs on 15 hits. They jumped out to a 7-0 lead after 3, only to have the 66ers score 7 unanswered runs in the 4th – 6th. In the 3rd, the Quakes put together 6 singles and a walk to score 5.
Maddux Bruns started for the Quakes and while he walked 3 and hit a batter in the first three innings, he did not allow a run or hit. With 1 out in the 4th, Bruns seemed to lose it and quickly. A double, two singles, and WP and BB scored 2 before Chris Campos was summoned from the bullpen to get the final two outs.
Chris Campos gave up 4 runs on two singles, a BB, HBP, and triple in the 5th.
With Joel Ibarra on the bump in the 6th, he allowed 3 walks and an HBP to complete the comeback.
The Quakes scored 3 in the 7th on 3 walks, 2 doubles, and a single. They scored 3 more in the 9th, on a double and two HRs.
Livan Reinoso pitched the ninth to complete the victory.
- Rayne Doncon was the offensive star in this one. He went 4-4 with 2 walks, 3 runs, 4 RBIs, a double (2) and HR (5).
- Joel Izarra – 3-6, 3 RBIs, 2 doubles (9).
- Chris Newell – 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI, HR (6)
- Livan Reinoso was the only pitcher to not allow a run.