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Lookouts' Schebler hits three homers

Dodgers' No. 9 prospect hits inside-the-park shot to cap big night
August 13, 2014

Scott Schebler already found his way into the history books once this season. On Tuesday night, he joined some very select company.

The Dodgers' No. 9 prospect capped a three-homer night with an inside-the-park shot as Double-A Chattanooga blanked visiting Jacksonville, 5-0.

Schebler put the Lookouts on the board quickly, slugging a two-run blast in the bottom of the first. Two innings later, he grabbed the Southern League lead with his 23rd long ball of the season, a solo shot off Suns starter Jose Urena.

Schebler capped his historic night with an inside-the-park homer in the fifth.

"The guy threw me a changeup and I was out in front and I hit in the right-center field gap, and it looked like he caught it," he said. "They both dove and one guy dove under it and another dove over it. At first, I thought they caught it, but the umpire waved safe.

"I didn't see the ball, but it was going to the fence. I thought they were going to stop me at third, but they just kept waving me. If they would have made a good throw they would have got me, but I got a little lucky."

Schebler, who was intentionally walked in the seventh, recorded the Lookouts' first three-homer game since Reggie Jefferson on July 18, 1989. It was the latest accomplishment for the 23-year-old outfielder, who hit for the cycle on June 1 against Mobile.

"It's something pretty nice, it's something pretty special," Schebler said. "This league is pretty tough, so you take home runs whenever you can get him. I happen to put a good day together, so I'm pretty happy."

With 24 homers, Schebler passed Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant -- who was promoted to Triple-A on June 19 -- for the top spot in the Southern League. The Iowa native is batting .282 and ranks third in the circuit with a .921 OPS.

"Pretty good," he said of his first season at Double-A. "I wouldn't have the lead if Kris Bryant were still here, I'll tell you that. I feel good about it. There's some things I would change, but that's baseball.

"Early on, I didn't take to Double-A too great. I overthought it at the beginning and didn't let myself play my game. I got out of it, and thank goodness I did."

With Schebler providing all of the offense, Andres Santiago (4-7) pitched the Lookouts to their 10th straight win. He gave up three hits and four walks while striking out four over five innings.

Urena (10-8), the Marlins' No. 9 prospect also went five frames and surrendered four runs on seven hits.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich.