By Jon Weisman
Joining Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy in the past week, Scott Kazmir tonight had a short-circuited rehab outing.
Kazmir, whom Dave Roberts today said was potentially on track to pitch for the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium next week, faced seven batters for Oklahoma City in its opening playoff game against Nashville. Two walked, two were hit by pitches, and one — Renato Nunez — hit a three-run home run.
Kazmir then left with the trainer before the inning was over, and was said to be heading back to Los Angeles for evaluation, as Jack Baer of MLB.com wrote.
On September 5, McCarthy allowed 10 baserunners in four innings for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, though he told Craig Minami of True Blue L.A. that he felt fine physically and was working to get more consistency.
On September 3, Anderson also allowed 10 baserunners (in two innings) on a night when his blister problems resurfaced.
The upshot is that, after the scheduled starts by Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda to open the 10-game road trip in Miami, it’s possible we could see the proud products of the Dodger farm system on display at Yankee Stadium — from the group of Jose De Leon, Julio Urias, Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart (who had his second consecutive solid outing tonight, allowing one run in five innings against Arizona).
As for Oklahoma City, those Triple-A Dodgers found themselves in a 6-0 hole in the third inning, twice pulled within a run but ultimately lost the opener of the best-of-five series, 10-7. Corey Brown (3 for 5) and O’Koyea Dickson (2 for 5) each homered.
Meanwhile, as of this writing, there were no final scores in the two playoff games for the Dodgers’ Single-A farm teams in Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes. The Quakes were in the 11th inning against Lancaster, while the Loons were leading 3-0 in the fourth inning against Bowling Green when rain suspended their contest.
- Dave Roberts mentioned after tonight’s Dodger victory that Kazmir had an issue with his oblique or rib, and that De Leon stood a good chance of inheriting that start in the Bronx.
- Rookie League Ogden clinched a playoff spot in about the wildest way possible, defeating Grand Junction in 10 innings, 14-13. Keibert Ruiz, who went 3 for 5 with a walk and a sacrifice fly, singled in the winning run.
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