Bickford (1-1) earned the win in relief Sunday against the Rockies after tossing a scoreless inning, allowing one hit.
Bickford pitched the eighth inning and while he allowed a single from Brendan Rodgers to begin the frame, he settled down quickly and needed just 11 pitches (eight strikes) to retire the side. This was Bickford's third straight scoreless outing, and he owns a 3.60 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP in 13 appearances (10 innings) this month.
Bickford (0-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit in two-thirds of an inning Sunday, blowing the save in extra innings against the Rockies.
Bickford came on to protect a 5-4 lead in the 10th inning but gave up a Trevor Story sacrifice fly that tied the game before yielding a walk-off homer to Charlie Blackmon. Bickford was handed the extra-innings save opportunity after closer Kenley Jansen was unable to nail down the save in the ninth. The 26-year-old Bickford owns a 3.04 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 25 relief outings this season, with all but one of those appearances coming after he was acquired from the Brewers.
Bickford struck out two in a perfect inning against the Cubs on Sunday and has held opponents without an earned run in 14 of his 15 appearances since joining Los Angeles.
The right-hander's 2.70 ERA and 1.14 WHIP on the season look solid enough, but those numbers improve to 1.72 and 1.02, respectively, since Bickford debuted with the Dodgers on May 23. Aside from a rough outing against Texas on June 13 during which he was charged with three earned runs without getting an out, he has appeared nearly impossible to score upon. Since the blowup against the Rangers, Bickford has hurled 8.2 scoreless innings, registering a 12:3 K:BB and giving up only four hits.
Bickford earned the save against the Pirates on Thursday by tossing a perfect inning that included one strikeout.
It wasn't quite the ordinary save for Bickford, who was actually in line to earn a hold after entering the seventh with the Dodgers leading by two. Following his successful inning, a long rain delay turned into a called game, gifting Bickford with his first career save as he became the sixth Dodger to earn a save this year. The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 23 as a replacement for Jimmy Nelson (forearm) and is expected to be primarily used in lower-leverage situations.
The Dodgers recalled Bickford from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of Sunday's game in San Francisco.
He joined the bullpen as a replacement on the active roster for Jimmy Nelson (forearm), who was moved to the 10-day injured list. Like Nelson, Bickford is a converted starter capable of covering multiple innings in relief, but the Dodgers will likely limit the right-hander's usage mostly to lower-leverage spots.
The Dodgers claimed Bickford off waivers from the Brewers on Monday.
The 25-year-old right-hander has been hit hard in his two relief appearances at the MLB level, but the Dodgers evidently saw enough talent and potential in the 2015 first-round pick to clear a spot for him on the 40-man roster. Bickford has two minor-league options remaining, so he could report to Triple-A Oklahoma City rather than joining the Los Angeles bullpen.
The Brewers designated Bickford for assignment Wednesday.
Bickford was cast off the 40-man roster and 26-man active roster to clear room for right-hander Zack Godley, whose contract was selected from the alternate training site ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday against the Marlins. A 2015 first-round pick, Bickford has made only two career relief appearances at the big-league level, giving up six earned runs in two innings.
Bickford was optioned to the Brewers' alternate training site Tuesday.
Bickford spent three days on the big-league roster, making one relief appearance. He allowed two runs in one inning of work Monday against Miami. Patrick Weigel was recalled in a corresponding move.
Bickford was recalled from the Brewers' alternate training site Saturday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Bickford was sent down by Milwaukee in mid-March, but he'll now join the major-league roster after Brett Anderson (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Bickford will likely serve as a low-leverage reliever for the Brewers going forward.
The Brewers optioned Bickford to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
Bickford's demotion clears room on the 26-man roster for infielder Travis Shaw, who was informed Tuesday that he would join Milwaukee for Opening Day. A 2015 first-round pick of the Giants, Bickford got the chance to make his big-league debut with Milwaukee last September, giving up four runs in his lone inning of relief work.
Bickford threw his third scoreless inning of the spring in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Giants.
Bickford was tagged for four earned runs in the first big-league appearance of his career last September, but he has put that behind him and is off to a good start this spring. Bickford was once considered one of the better prospects in baseball, and although he no longer carries that tag, he does still possess the arm talent to contend for a spot in the Brewers' bullpen.
Bickford was optioned to the Brewers' alternate training site Thursday.
Bickford was the odd man out with Brandon Woodruff being reinstated from the paternity list Thursday. The righty made his lone big-league appearance Tuesday against the Tigers and did not fare well, allowing four runs on four hits in one inning.
Bickford's contract was selected by the Brewers on Tuesday.
Bickford was a long shot to make the major-league roster heading into camp as he hasn't pitched above the High-A level. Given his lack of experience against higher-level talent, he'll likely get his feet wet initially in low-leverage spots.
Bickford was added to the Brewers' 60-man roster Thursday.
Although he hasn't progressed past High-A Carolina, Bickford was a non-roster invitee during spring training, where he tossed 3.2 hitless innings over four appearances while striking out eight. The right-hander will attempt to build on his momentum from the spring against some of the team's top prospects at the alternate training site, but he's unlikely to join the conversation for a spot in the majors this year.
Bickford tossed a scoreless ninth inning and picked up the save in Saturday's spring game against the Cubs.
Bickford was twice a first-round pick and once a Top-100 prospect, but he fell off prospect lists several years ago and became a reliever in 2018. He struggled some that year, but he was brilliant last season, striking out 53 batters over 32.2 innings and limiting opposing hitters to a .197 BAA. Granted, that came at the High-A level, but Bickford clearly has arm talent, and it's not out of the question he could be an option for the big-league club at some point if he is able to sustain success.
Bickford went 3-0 over his last 11 appearances with High-A Carolina and posted a 0.67 WHIP and 31:6 K:BB over 21 scoreless innings.
Bickford's appearances have been limited this season for the third year in a row, but the former top prospect has found something of late, and has been dominating High-A hitters since early July. Bickford's reached peak prospect status as a starter, but he is pitching as a multi-inning reliever these days. While his role and age (24) will likely prevent him from popping up on Top-100 lists again, his recent run indicates he still has a chance to be a factor for the Brewers at some point.
Bickford (undisclosed) made his season debut Monday in a game with High-A Carolina. He recorded one out while allowing two earned runs.
Bickford's start of the season was delayed due to some sort of injury, but he is now ready for game action again. Bickford was a first-rounder in 2015, but he was transitioned to a relief role last season and made 21 appearances out of the bullpen with Carolina. He will turn 24 in July, so he should have a chance to move up a level or two this season if he can prove effective.
Bickford is pitching without any limitations this spring, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
A broken hand and a suspension limited Bickford to just six official appearances last season, but he ended the season healthy, and nothing changed in that regard during the offseason. Bickford has slipped down prospect lists or fallen off them entirely, but he was highly regarded when acquired by the Brewers in 2016, so he will look to get back on a path to the major leagues in 2018.
Bickford has a 3.12 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and eight strikeouts in 8.2 innings in the Arizona League.
He is not officially on a rehab assignment, as the Brewers are keeping Bickford in Arizona to work on some things. This is amounting to a lost season for the 22-year-old righty, who missed the first 50 games serving a suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse and then missed more time with a broken hand. After walking seven in his first three outings (5.2 innings), he only walked one while striking out three over three innings in his last start, so he is trending in the right direction.
Bickford (hand) tossed a bullpen earlier this week but is still weeks away from returning to action, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
Bickford has been out since the end of last year. He was handed a 50-game suspension in December for testing positive for a drug of abuse and broke his hand this past May. The right-hander will likely remain on the shelf until the beginning of August, barring any setbacks.
|Last 7 Games|
|08/01||@ ARI||W 13-0||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|07/30||@ ARI||L 5-6||1.1||1||1||0||0|
|07/29||@ SF||L 0-5||0.2||1||0||2||2|
|07/25||vs COL||W 3-2||1||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|07/23||vs COL||L 6-9||0.1||2||0||0||1|
|07/22||vs SF||L 3-5||0.1||0||0||0||0|
|07/19||vs SF||L 2-7||1.1||1||1||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2016||AFA-San Jose Giants||33.0||6||6||1||2||2||0||36||12||21||2.73||1.000|
|2016||AFA-Brevard County Manat||27.0||6||5||0||2||1||0||30||15||26||3.67||1.518|