With all of the statistics discussion yesterday, and much of it directed to relief pitching, I thought that I would gather some Dodger relief pitching comparisons, keying on inherited runners and inherited runners scored. See table below. With the recall of Adam Liberatore, the Dodgers have now used 10 relief pitchers. 6 of those relief pitchers have entered into the games and have inherited runners. On 13 different occasions, 20 runners have been inherited, and 5 of those inherited runs have scored. JT Chargois (4) has been used the most in those situations, with Baez and Cingrani having entered three times.
Tony Cingrani and Josh Fields have appeared in 9 of the Dodgers 17 games, with 4 other relievers appearing in 8 different games. We all know and have discussed in length the troubles that Wilmer Font has incurred, and his runs scored against are emblematic of those troubles. The other reliever that is struggling is Scott Alexander who has allowed 6 runs on his own, but more importantly has issued 7 walks against only 3 K’s. Tony Cingrani has 12 K’s and 0 walks, with Fields and Baez also gathering 12 K’s and issuing only 2 walks.
A lot of Pedro Baez bashing has taken place (including myself) for quite some time. For 2018, Petey’s 1sttwo games were good, followed by threeNOT SO GOODoutings (April 3, 7, 11). In those three games (3.0 IP), he inherited 4 runners, 2 of which scored, and he allowed 1 run on his own. He gave up 5 hits and 2 walks, with 3 K’s. But maybe something clicked in that April 11thgame, because he has been better than solid in the next three games. In those 3 games, he has 3.1 IP, no base runners allowed, and has struck out 8 of the 10 batters he faced. It is easy to rip on a pitcher like Pedro Baez, but we should also give him credit when he does well. He is throwing the slider more often. It isn’t very often a strike, but it is a different look, and that makes his 4 seamer so much more of a weapon. So great job Petey, and as hard as I have been on you, I hope this new Baez continues. Now maybe we can get Alexander to start getting those ground balls again.
|IR = Inherited runners|
|IS = Inherited runs scored|
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
OKC – Lost 9-7 to Round Rock Express (Rangers)
OKC had their 9 game winning streak ended with the loss this afternoon. Brock Stewart had a good outing, completing 5.2 innings and allowing 2 runs (1 earned), 2 hits, 1 walk, and 3K’s. Emmanuel De Leon finished the 6thwith a K. Yimi Garcia relieved in the 7th allowing 1 run on 2 hits and 2 K’s. Daniel Hudson had no problems in the 8th, but the 9thwas different for Joe Broussard. Broussard was in a position to get a save with a 2 run lead. He struck out the first batter he faced, walked the next, and got the third to fly out. One out away from the save, Broussard gave up a double, and then a tieing single, before getting the final out.
The Loons got a run in the top of the 10thto grab a one run lead. Enter Leo Crawford just assigned from Rancho. With a runner starting at 2nd, Leo walked the first batter he faced. The next batter was out on a pop out. Leo then unleashed a WP and then intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases. Cameron Rupp came up and hit a game winning grand slam. Leo, who had a blown save and a loss, certainly appeared overmatched, but Broussard who does belong also had a blown save. So it is not all on Leo Crawford.
Catcher Cael Brockmeyer had a 3 hit night, including 2 doubles. Tim Locastro, Alex Verdugo, and Jake Peter all had 2 hits including a double.
Rancho Cucamonga – Beat the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) 11-4
The story of the night for the Quakes was 3B Rylan Bannon. The Quakes had 5 HR’s on the night, and Bannon had three of them, and garnered 5 RBI’s. Connor Wong hit his 6th, and Omar Estevez got his 1st. Gavin Lux continues to hit after a very slow start, had 3 hits and is now hitting .275. Omar Estevez, Logan Landon, and Saige Jenco each collected 2 hits. Overall the Quakes had 15 hits, including a double for Jenco and Cody Thomas’ 1sttriple.
Tony Gonsolin continues to start, and yesterday completed 3.1 IP (72 pitches). He was charged with 2 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks, and registering 7 K’s. Parker Curry followed Gonsolin with 2 IP, 1 run, 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 K’s, and got his 2ndwin. Ryan Moseley pitched 1.2 innings allowing a sole walk with 4 K’s. Nolan Long finished up with 2.0 innings allowing a run on 2 hits and 2 walks, but also collected 5 strikeouts in those two innings.
Great Lakes – Lost 7-2 to Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
20 year old RHP, Edwin Uceta, started and completed 5.0 shutout innings. DC had a nice article on Uceta with Jimenez a couple weeks back. Edwin allowed 2 hits, 1 BB, and 5 K’s. The score was 0-0 going into the 6th. Enter Aneurys Zabala. In his 1.1 innings of work, he allowed 6 runs on 2 hits, 4 walks, 1 HBP, 1 WP and left the bases loaded for James Carter. After getting a pop out, Carter surrendered three consecutive singles allowing all 3 inherited runners to score, plus one of his own.
The Loons had a total of 6 hits, one double by Starling Heredia. With two hits, Jared Walker was the sole Loon with a multi-hit game.
Today’s starting pitchers:
OKC – TBD
Tulsa – Justin De Fratus
RC – Imani Abdullah
Great Lakes – Jesus Vargas