The Dodgers' minor league affiliates on Friday saw two wins and two games washed away thanks to weather. But the day's premiere performance came in the lone loss.
Player of the day
In his Double-A debut, Julio Urias was up to the challenge, striking out four in five scoreless innings, allowing only three baserunners along the way. Since turning 18 last August 12, Urias has made five starts and allowed only one run in 25⅓ innings, with 35 strikeouts and seven walks. The last four of those starts, including Friday night, have been scoreless, totaling 20⅓ innings.
But that's not all. Urias also batted for the first time as a professional, hitting a single in the third inning in his only plate appearance.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers led early thanks to a pair of first-inning home runs, a two-run shot by Kiké Hernandez and a three-run blast by Austin Barnes. They held on for a 6-5 win over the Round Rock Express (Rangers). David Aardsma allowed a run in the ninth but picked up the save.
Despite allowing only three hits, the Drillers lost 1-0 to the San Antonio Missions (Padres). One of those hits was a double by Brandon Dixon, hit only hit of the night. Chris Reed retired all nine batters he faced in relief of Urias, including four by strikeout.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
John Richy allowed just one run in five innings, picking up the win in his California League debut, a 7-1 triumph over the Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners). The Dodgers' third-round draft pick in 2014, allowed three hits and a walk and struck out one. Jarek Cunningham went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and knocked in four, while catcher Kyle Farmer had two hits of his own, including a triple.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
After Thursday's opener against the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres) was rained out, Friday's doubleheader was postponed because of field conditions as a result of that rain. The Loons' grounds crew worked all night and day but extensive soil moisture under the infield deemed the field unplayable.
"Our staff has made every effort to make the field safe for the players," Loons general manager Scott Litle said. "They’re currently experiencing conditions similar to that of the Lansing Lugnuts in 2011. Our grounds crew has consulted with a number of experts and will continue to do everything in their power to expedite the process. But, we also need to let Mother Nature take its course."
The two games will be made up later in the season, and the two clubs will attempt to play one game on Saturday afternoon in the series finale.
Triple-A: New catcher Brian Ward, acquired on Thursday from the Orioles, was added to the active roster in Oklahoma City, while catcher Ralph Henriquez was placed on the seven-day disabled list.
Friday box scores
Saturday schedule & pitchers
11:05 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (Brock Stewart) vs. Fort Wayne (Thomas Dorminy)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Zach Lee) vs. Round Rock (Wandy Rodriguez)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Deck McGuire) vs. San Antonio (Bryan Rodriguez)
7:15 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Zachary Bird) at Bakersfield (Dan Altavailla)