Julio Urias, the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, took a perfect game into the fifth inning and completed six innings without allowing a hit in the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ 5-0 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Wednesday.
Urias, 19, was making his fourth start and his fifth appearance overall for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. He struck out six batters and walked none. The only baserunner he allowed reached on a fielding error.
The Dodgers have Urias on an innings limit this season, which is why he pitched three innings of relief in his previous appearance and was not allowed to exceed six innings today. Urias logged 80 ⅓ innings across four levels last season.
The Dodgers suspended Erisbel Arruebarrena for the second consecutive year. (Getty Images)
For the second consecutive year, the Dodgers have suspended minor league shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the 2016 season for violating his contract.
The 26-year-old, who was on the roster of Double-A Tulsa, has three years and $13 million remaining on the five-year contract he signed in February 2014. He is not on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.
The Dodgers suspended Arruebarrena last May for the duration of the 2015 season. He appealed the suspension to Major League Baseball, and his ban was reduced to 30 days.
Arruebarrena slashed .287/.317/.368 at Tulsa last year. In 17 games this season, he had a .182/.224/.400 slash line with 21 strikeouts in 55 at-bats.
Dodgers farm director Gabe Kapler declined to specify which aspect of his contract Arruebarrena violated.
Trayce Thompson lines a two-run single off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore during the fifth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-5 win. Thompson had a career-high four RBIs. (Associated Press photo)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Dodgers scored 10 runs on 13 hits to break out of their offensive funk in a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Three of the hits were home runs and one never landed. The game story is here. The box score is here.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman returned to the city where his career in baseball took off.
Jose De Leon made his long-awaited debut today for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The top right-handed pitcher in the Dodgers’ organization threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking one batter and striking out nine. De Leon threw 53 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
The Dodgers are staggering their usage of De Leon, Julio Urias and perhaps ultimately other young pitchers — Ross Stripling has been discussed — to strategically take advantage of their limited innings this year. That’s why De Leon remained in extended spring training for the first month of the season.
It was the first game De Leon, 23, has pitched above the Double-A level in the regular season.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dodgers left fielder Trayce Thompson has a career-high four runs batted in today against the Tampa Bay Rays. But that’s not what you will remember about his breakout game.
Thompson did something only six people have done in the history of Tropicana Field, which opened in 1998: He hit a home run that never landed.
There are four rings of catwalks above the field at The Trop. Hit the deepest two, and you’ve got a home run. Hit the other two, and you’ve got confusion. Thompson got all of this Matt Moore fastball in the second inning:
The estimated distance? Less than expected.