Calhoun belts walk-off homer for Dodgers

Los Angeles' No. 4 prospect continues recent power surge

Willie Calhoun bashed a career-high 27 home runs in 132 games with Double-A Tulsa in 2016. (Cody Roper/Oklahoma City Dodgers)

By Tyler Maun / MiLB.com | May 18, 2017 1:20 AM ET

Willie Calhoun had a big celebration waiting for him at home plate Wednesday night -- a shower of Gatorade, another of water, a two-footed jump onto home plate and a squad of jubilant teammates.

The Dodgers' No. 4 prospect clubbed a walk-off solo homer in the ninth inning to extend his recent power surge as the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers took down the Sacramento River Cats, 3-2.

Calhoun was the second man to the plate in the ninth against Sacramento reliever Matt Reynolds. After Trayce Thompson flew out to left field to open the frame, the 22-year-old second baseman worked the count to 3-1 before pummeling Reynolds' offering over the wall in right-center for his second long ball in two nights and third in four games.

Video: Willie Calhoun wins it for the Dodgers

The game-winner helped Calhoun make up for an out he made on the basepaths earlier in the game. Tied at 2-2 with two outs in the sixth, the 2015 fourth-round pick singled to right. Darnell Sweeney followed with a single to center, and Calhoun was thrown out attempting to go from first to third on the play.


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In addition to his three home runs in four games, Calhoun also doubled on May 11 over a modest four-game hit streak. Over that span, MLB.com's No. 74 overall prospect boosted his slash line from .296/.331/.478 to .315/.350/.554.

Thompson clubbed a solo homer off top Giants prospect Tyler Beede in the fourth. Beede went seven innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Josh Ravin (1-0) struck out five over two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win for the Dodgers.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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