Farmer & Dodgers show moxie in 10-2 win over New Orleans
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Jun 2, 2017, 18:17
Kyle Farmer has not wasted any time making his presence known with the Oklahoma City Dodgers since his call up to Triple-A on Tuesday, May 23rd.
Farmer and the Dodgers took two of three games against the New Orleans Baby Cakes over the Memorial Day weekend series. The Tuesday game was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up as a double-header on July 8th when Oklahoma City returns to the Big Easy.
On Saturday, Farmer lined up behind the plate as the catcher and also had a strong game at the plate swinging the bat as the Dodgers upended the Baby Cakes 10-2 in the series opener.
The day started early for Farmer and the Dodgers as they got up at 4:30am on Saturday to travel from Albuquerque to New Orleans. After a long day flying and finally touching down in the Big Easy, the team made their way to the 'Shrine on Airline' in the late afternoon for their game.
Oklahoma City took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on consecutive fielding errors by New Orleans.
The Dodgers built their lead to 6-0 in the top of the sixth inning.
During that stretch, Farmer saw the plate three times coming away with a strikeout, walk and a single.
In the seventh inning, the Dodgers (27-23) added two more runs to make the score 8-1
Farmer had an RBI single in the seventh.
In his final at-bat on Saturday evening, Farmer hit into a fielder's choice that allowed him to reach first.
In the game, Farmer had a total of 12 bases and scored twice. The Dodgers hit two homeruns in the game which marked the 14th consecutive game that the team has homered at least once.
So, at about 10:15pm, Farmer's day came to a close and he was headed out to have dinner with family and friends that came to the park to cheer him on.
The Dodgers lost on Sunday 11-3 and swallowed the Baby Cakes 11-1 on Monday.
After Saturday's game, Farmer was hitting a cool .444 at the plate. In eight games with the Dodgers since he was called up, Farmer is currently hitting .357 with two homeruns and seven RBIs. He is posting a .679 slugging percentage. But, most importantly, he has hit safely in all his starts for the club.
Farmer, thrilled to see his family and friends, enjoyed the encounter and a meal after the game. He had one comment about the day that hit home for every ballplayer, "It has been a long day but it is always great when you win."
It was great for Farmer getting the call up. It was great for Farmer to see family for the first time in quite a while. It was great for Farmer to perform well in front of them.
He is seeing the ball really well right now and is zoned in on the diamond. But, the next call up will be just pure heaven for Farmer. And, it is just a matter of time before that phone rings, Kyle. See you at the game!