Yasiel Puig went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Sunday. It was his first game at Triple-A ever, and his first game since anywhere since sunday.
When the Dodgers failed to find a trade partner that would take Puig at the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline, they placed the 25-year-old outfielder on release waivers before sending him to the minor leagues. Puig hadn’t played a game at any level since collecting three hits for the Dodgers last Sunday.
Puig hit a bases-loaded double in his final at-bat in the Dodgers’ loss to the Iowa Cubs. Here’s a video of the hit:
Wearing number 46, Puig reportedly did not arrive at the ballpark until 45 minutes before first pitch.
The Dodgers extended their affiliation agreements with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Double-A Tulsa and low Single-A Great Lakes on Wednesday.
Minor league affiliation agreements last two years at a time. Each affiliation agreement was set to expire at the end of this season.
In the case of Triple-A Oklahoma City, the announcement was a formality. The Oklahoma City Dodgers are owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mandalay Baseball Properties, which was founded by Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber.
Tulsa is in its second season as a Dodgers affiliate, while Great Lakes is in its 10th.
“We’re tremendously excited about extending our Player Development Contracts with Great Lakes, Tulsa and Oklahoma City,” Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ director of player development, said in a statement. “We are excited to see our relationship with these great franchises continue to blossom and are especially grateful for the leaders we’ve gotten to work with at each affiliate, as they have been an integral part of our development of the young men in the Dodger organization. We are honored to participate in this process with each partner and know we will continue to see strong returns from these relationships.”
Josh Fields appeared in 15 games out of the Houston Astros’ bullpen this season. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers acquired pitcher Josh Fields
from the Astros in exchange for minor league first baseman Yordan Alvarez.
Making his first relief appearance since being demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Dodgers prospect Julio Urias was tagged for a pair of runs tonight, ending his streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 29.
The Dodgers led 2-0 after Urias threw a scoreless seventh inning against the Memphis Redbirds. The left-hander then allowed four hits and two runs in the eighth inning as the Redbirds tied the game 2-2.
Urias’ streak began April 22 against Memphis. It was interrupted by a pair of major-league stints in which Urias posted a 4.69 earned-run average over nine games.
After his last start for the Dodgers in Washington D.C. on July 21, Urias was sent back to Triple-A to work out of the bullpen and conserve his innings. Tonight marked only his third relief appearance at any level this season.
The PCL record for consecutive scoreless innings is 44, set in 1905 by Bill Tozer of the Los Angeles Angels.
Julio Urias has made nine starts for the Dodgers this season, including Thursday in Washington D.C. He was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers optioned Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday and recalled catcher/infielder Austin Barnes. Barnes is with the team for tonight’s game in St. Louis against the Cardinals.
Urias allowed one run in four innings yesterday against the Washington Nationals, and did not factor into the decision in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win. He’s 1-2 with a 4.69 earned run average in nine major league starts this year.
By rule, the Dodgers aren’t allowed to recall Urias from the minor leagues unless another player is injured. Since the team has placed 22 different players on the disabled list — already matching the most by any National League team in the last 30 years — Urias might well be back soon.
But the Dodgers were attempting to limit Urias’ innings by working him out of the Oklahoma City bullpen when he was summoned for his spot start Thursday. A return to the Triple-A bullpen is likely next.