Making his first relief appearance since being demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Dodgers prospect Julio Urias was tagged for a pair of runs tonight, ending his streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 29.
The Dodgers led 2-0 after Urias threw a scoreless seventh inning against the Memphis Redbirds. The left-hander then allowed four hits and two runs in the eighth inning as the Redbirds tied the game 2-2.
Urias’ streak began April 22 against Memphis. It was interrupted by a pair of major-league stints in which Urias posted a 4.69 earned-run average over nine games.
After his last start for the Dodgers in Washington D.C. on July 21, Urias was sent back to Triple-A to work out of the bullpen and conserve his innings. Tonight marked only his third relief appearance at any level this season.
The PCL record for consecutive scoreless innings is 44, set in 1905 by Bill Tozer of the Los Angeles Angels.
Urias allowed one run in four innings yesterday against the Washington Nationals, and did not factor into the decision in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win. He’s 1-2 with a 4.69 earned run average in nine major league starts this year.
By rule, the Dodgers aren’t allowed to recall Urias from the minor leagues unless another player is injured. Since the team has placed 22 different players on the disabled list — already matching the most by any National League team in the last 30 years — Urias might well be back soon.
But the Dodgers were attempting to limit Urias’ innings by working him out of the Oklahoma City bullpen when he was summoned for his spot start Thursday. A return to the Triple-A bullpen is likely next.
Calhoun, a second baseman at Double-A Tulsa, and Cotton, a pitcher at Triple-A Oklahoma City, were the only two participants in the Futures Game at Petco Park from the Dodgers’ organization. Calhoun went 0-for-2 in two plate appearances, and Cotton threw three pitches. But there was more to it than that.
Twenty-five year old Micah Xavier Johnson, the accused killer of several Dallas police officers Thursday night, is dead today.
Micah Drew Johnson, an infielder/outfielder playing for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, is alive today.
Here I am today. The other Micah Johnson is not. And for that the world is better. Praying today for this world. pic.twitter.com/Rmp3poly2G
— Micah Johnson (@Micah_Johnson3) July 8, 2016
The New York Daily News picked up the story from there, beginning with an unfortunate coincidence and ending with an interesting anecdote about the baseball player’s background.