Jordan Schafer’s bullpen journey has taken another rocky turn.
Schafer’s ERA has ballooned from 1.35 on July 2 to 2.94 after last night’s game. The former Braves outfielder is a reliever for Double-A Tulsa in the Dodgers organization.
After pitching two scoreless innings July 2, in which he gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four, Schafer has allowed at least one earned run in five of his past six outings.
In those six appearances Schafer allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked four. On Friday night, Schafer pitched three innings and allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out four.
Schafer began the season at Tulsa and had a 1.42 ERA with on decisions. He pitched 19 innings and allowed 14 hits and three earned runs, to with 21 strikeouts and five walks.
That success earned Schafer a promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 23, but he has struggled since.
At OKC, Schafer pitched 5 1/3 innings with an 11.81 ERA. He allowed 14 hits and seven earned runs, struck out five and walked none.
On June 15, he was sent back to Tulsa. His first two games looked good, no runs allowed in three innings. In nine games since, he has a 6.17 ERA, working 11 2/3 innings in which he has allowed 19 hits, eight earned runs and five walks, but he has struck out 13.
Since May 23, Schafer has allowed 36 hits and 15 earned run in 20 innings.
His only decision of the season was a loss Sunday, when he gave up a run in one inning, in which he gave up three hits and walked one.