Baker closes door for Tulsa Drillers, picks up 6th save of year

June 23, 2018

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Dylan Baker

As a relief pitcher, Dylan Baker of Juneau never knows when or if he’ll enter a game.

Sometimes the situation changes at a moment’s notice.

That’s what happened when the Tulsa Drillers beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4-3 in Double-A Texas League action.

Trailing 3-1 entering the eighth inning, Tulsa exploded for three runs to take its first lead of the night.

Baker got warm and then was called on with two outs in the ninth inning to close the door with the tying run in scoring position. He did with a flyout to centerfield, securing a 4-3 victory.

The sixth-year pro and Alaska’s lone professional pitcher currently in the game earned his sixth save of the season, in this his first year as a reliever in his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization after signing as a free agent before the season.

Baker, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, has converted 6-of-9 save opportunities this year.

The right-hander worked two innings in his last appearance to earn a save.

In his last 10 games, he is 1-2 with four saves and a 3.86 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.