Baker dances, dodges trouble to pick up save for Tulsa Drillers

July 7, 2018

Dylan Baker baseball

Dylan Baker

They say getting the final out in a professional baseball game is the toughest.

Sometimes pitchers make life harder on themselves, but if they throw a 95-mph fastball like Juneau’s Dylan Baker, then mistakes can be erased.

The Tulsa Drillers closer was summoned to save the day with ducks on the pond and his team nursing a 7-6 lead in the ninth inning over the Frisco RoughRiders.

He needed only one out. Seemed easy enough, right?

Baker, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. That brought to the plate red-hot hitter Juremi Profar, who came into the game hitting .400 on the week.

The Alaskan got Profar to strike out swinging to end the game.

Baker has now converted 7-of-10 save opportunities for Tulsa, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.