Bellinger joins OKC in victory at Isotopes Park »Albuquerque Journal
The Oklahoma City Dodgers certainly looked a lot like this version of the big league that won the 2020 World Series.
And it wasn’t so much because they had a pair of Los Angeles Dodgers making injury rehab debuts near the top of the roster, including the former National League Rookie of the Year and two. times All-Star Cody Bellinger.
Albuquerque actually fared well against him with Bellinger hitting in the two-hole and his Big League teammate Zach McKinstry in the three-hole Friday night in front of an announced crowd of 4,641 at Isotopes Park.
It was the heavy bats of the rest of the roster, especially wide receiver Keibert Ruiz, who hit two home runs and got five RBIs, who looked like a big league team in a 13-3 Dodgers win over the host Isotopes to tie the six-game series at one win apiece.
“We just have a plan of attack and we are pursuing it and trying to bring it out,” Isotopes manager Warren Schaeffer said of the team’s approach to Bellinger. “Treat him like any other player. You know that each player has their own plan of attack to go after them.
Bellinger went 1 for 4 to plate with a single RBI to right field in the sixth inning. It was his first game in rehab with the Dodgers. McKinstry had a 0 for 2 record with a pair of steps.
“McKinstry walked twice. It’s not good, ”Schaeffer said. “I mean, we never want to walk with people. … I think we did well against Bellinger. He had had two withdrawals, a single RBI and three withdrawals before that. We will take this.
Albuquerque is still a city full of Dodger fans after a rich history of Dukes baseball and a brief partnership in 2009-14, when the Isotopes were the Triple-A affiliate of Los Angeles.
Several Dodgers jerseys have been sprinkled throughout the stadium – and many more are expected for Saturday night’s fireworks game with Bellinger set to be in the lineup again.
Bellinger played in center field and was well at home plate on Friday. If anything, the only misstep for the 2020 world champion was to break pre-game MLB guidelines when some of those avid Dodgers fans in the stadium convinced him to go and sign autographs near. of the canoe. It was a violation of protocols this season at the major and minor league level, as there are signs posted throughout the stadium explaining the rules.
Bellinger, 25, is appearing in rehab in Albuquerque after sustaining a fractured left fibula on April 6 in a collision at First Base in Oakland. He’s been on the injured list ever since and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has given no specific indication of how long Bellinger has been with the Triple-A Dodgers, although Bellinger is expected to be in the lineup at least over the weekend. -end in Albuquerque.
PROSPECT ON THE MOUND: On Saturday, the Isotopes look to get back on the winning track with a pitcher whose Rocky Mountain parents hope will be a big part of the future in Denver.
Ryan Rolison, the 23-year-old southpaw who was Colorado’s 2018 first-round pick against Ole Miss, will make his Triple-A debut in the 6:35 p.m. game.
What can fans expect?
“He’s ordering a baseball,” Schaeffer said. “He is in competition and he throws all the fields for strikes and everything counts. So it’s gonna be nice to see him fill the strike zone.
Rolison had three Double-A starts at Hartford, pitching 142/3 innings with a 3.07 ERA, striking out 20 and walking just two. The Rockies have seen enough at this level for their prized pitcher.
“We sent him back to Double-A with a checklist to complete and he checked it all in three starts,” Schaeffer said. “So I think he’s ready, man. There is nothing else to prove to Double-A. He is up to the challenge.
‘TOPES SATURDAY: Vs. Oklahoma City
6:35 p.m., Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park, 610 AM / 95.9 FM / abqisotopes.com
Promotion: post-game fireworks
Likely: TBA Dodgers (no record) vs LHP Isotopes Ryan Rolison (no record)
Friday: Although Sam Hilliard and Taylor Motter each scored for the second straight game for Albuquerque (3-11), visiting Oklahoma City registered 12 hits in a 13-3 victory. (Box score: Oklahoma City 13, Albuquerque 3)
Dodgers C Keibert Ruiz hit two home runs and got five RBIs for OKC, and on day one of a rehab assignment with the Dodgers, Cody Bellinger went 1 for 4 with an RBI single, and Zach McKinstry was 0 for 2 with a pair of tracks.
Notes: Nick Longhi’s 10-game streak for the Isotopes ended Friday, but Ryan Vilade extended his streak to seven games.
Triple-A Debut: Rockies’ top prospect Ryan Rolison is set to make his Triple-A debut and start for the Isotopes on Saturday, after being promoted from Double-A Hartford.