Rehabbing Dodgers starter Chris Capuano tossed four scoreless innings as the Albuquerque Isotopes rolled to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Memphis Redbirds on Friday night.
Capuano allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out five in his second rehab start of the season with Albuquerque (36-32). It was also the second time he has faced Memphis (35-34) this year.
“I felt good, I felt strong,” Capuano said. “(Catcher) Matt Wallach did a great job, I feel really comfortable throwing to him. I just felt good.”
Manager Lorenzo Bundy was pleased with Capuano’s work.
“He had really good command,” Bundy said. “He did have a couple walks but they weren’t all-over-the-place type of walks. He was trying to make pitches; that’s what Cappy has to do in the Majors is make pitches.
“I thought he was pretty good, I really did. He did a nice job.”
In his last rehab outing back on May 1, Capuano allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four in 5.1 innings. He was recovering from a strained calf that time; this time around it was a strained muscle in his left shoulder. Capuano threw 36 of 58 pitches for strikes Friday night.
“It was good coming off this lat strain I really had a chance to throw one really good bullpen on Tuesday,” Capuano said. “I came out of that feeling OK. Today we were trying to go about 60 or 70 pitches max. I still felt pretty strong at the end.”
Bundy was unsure if Capuano would need another rehab start. The lefty was fairly sure he would not, though he acknowledged the ultimate decision was not up to him.
“The tentative plan is to possibly pitch for the Dodgers on Wednesday in New York (against the Yankees),” Capuano said. “We’ll see. I probably won’t be able to throw a full 100 pitches that day. I’ll probably be limited to something like 80 to 85.
“We’ll see how it feels the next couple days and then let the staff make the decision if they want me to throw one more.”
Capuano received plenty of run support. Tony Gwynn Jr. went 4-for-5 with a triple and an RBI, while Dee Gordon was 3-for-5 with a triple and a run scored.
Justin Sellers put Albuquerque ahead with a two-out, two-run single up the middle in the first inning.
Rusty Ryal added an RBI double and Chili Buss had an RBI single in the third inning, followed by Gwynn’s RBI single in the fourth inning and Buss’ two-run homer in the fifth.
Memphis finally got on the board in the sixth inning as Brock Peterson hit a two-run homer off Matt Magill (2-0). The right-hander settled down after that and retired eight in a row before walking two to lead off the ninth.
Magill rebounded as he got Rob Johnson to line out to shortstop, struck out Chad Huffman and then got Adron Chambers to ground out to first base to end the game.
“I think it was really big for him to finish this game, for him and his confidence,” Bundy said of Magill. “Are you happy with the walks? Of course not. There was progress, there was some progression. There was a lot of positives that came out of this outing. He got out of that jam (in the ninth), that was the biggest one.”
The Isotopes will look to make it three straight victories when they host the Redbirds on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.