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After completing his longest rehab outing since having Tommy John surgery in April of last year, right-hander Brandon McCarthy got one step closer to the Dodgers‘ starting rotation Wednesday night, coming just one out shy of throwing a full four innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
McCarthy threw 61 pitches, 41 for strikes. He pitched 3-2/3 innings and surrendered one run on three hits, while walking two and striking out four batters. Two hits came on singles to the outfield, with the third being a single in the infield. He was pulled from the game by manager Bill Haselman with two outs in the fourth inning after issuing a walk to Round Rock left fielder Kyle Kubitza. He did not factor into the decision as OKC ended up victorious, 4-1.
Long man Carlos Frias showed his versatility once again, throwing the final 5-1/3 innings to earn his second win of the season. He held the Express scoreless and struck out two, while surrendering only three hits and a walk.
Trailing 1-0, Oklahoma City scored all four runs in the bottom of the fourth frame, highlighted by center fielder Corey Brown‘s seventh home run of the year. First baseman Zach Walters added a run-scoring triple, and second baseman Micah Johnson contributed a one-run double to help propel OKC to their sixth victory in their last seven games.
After missing all of last season recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum, southpaw starter Hyun-jin Ryu will make yet another rehab start on Thursday night for OKC in the third game of the four-game series against the Express. He went four innings last Friday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, and is expected to throw five innings against the Express, focusing on increasing the velocity of his four-seamer, which has recently been sitting in the 86-88 MPH range.
After his appearance on Thursday, Ryu is expected to make one additional start of five innings or more before joining the Dodgers’ rotation, conceivably a short time after the first of July.
Ryu will be opposed by Round Rock right-hander Kyle Lohse. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Tepesch pitched eight innings last Friday night against New Orleans, allowing only one run and three hits while striking out eight batters. The 27-year-old also went 2-for-4 at the dish with an RBI, as Oklahoma City downed the Zephyrs, 6-2.
Tepesch is now 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three Triple-A starts since signing with the Dodgers earlier this month.