Three Dodgers minor league affiliates lost on Tuesday, but the strong Oklahoma City pitching rolled on to another win.
Player of the day
After getting a brief one-day call-up to the majors, Carlos Frias returned to the Oklahoma City starting rotation and gave the Triple-A Dodgers yet another strong start. Frias struck out seven and walked none in his 5⅓ innings. He allowed two runs, only one earned, and improved to 2-0 on the season.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Behind the pitching of Frias and a four-run sixth inning, Oklahoma City beat the Nashville Sounds (Athletics) 6-2 on the road, the sixth win for OKC in the last seven games. Oklahoma City starting pitchers through 13 games are 9-1 with a 2.16 ERA, with 80 strikeouts and 12 walks in 66⅔ innings.
Enrique Hernandez started in center field for the San Francisco-bound Chris Heisey, and went 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run double to finish off the fateful sixth-inning rally.
Scott Schebler hit his second home run in as many days, and Darnell Sweeney went 2-for-5 with a run scored and stole his eighth base in nine attempts on the season, in 12 games.
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It was a rough night for the Drillers, who fell 6-0 in the final game of their road trip to the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros). Julio Urias was perfect through two innings, extending his scoreless streak to 28 frames, but then finally allowed his first run of the year, in the third inning.
The fourth inning saw the Hooks threaten again against Urias, loading the bases with one out. Urias struck out Telvin Nash and got two strikes on Jiovanni Mier, but Mier fought back and cleared the bases with a three-run triple. A single scored Mier, and helped end Urias' night after only four innings and 76 pitches.
Urias allowed five runs on six hits in his four innings, just the second time in 46 career appearances he allowed more than three runs.
A pair of recent waiver claims from the Reds followed Urias, each making their debut in the Dodgers organization.Daniel Corcino couldn't finish his one inning, walking three and hitting one with one strikeout among his six batters faced. Only one scored, fairly amazing since only 10 of his 27 pitches were strikes. Ryan Dennick got the final out of the fifth then pitched a scoreless sixth inning, striking out one and allowing one hit.
Corey Seager, back at shortstop, was 0-for-4, ending his nine-game hitting streak.
Even though the Drillers lost, manager Razor Shines made things entertaining in this video, released on Tuesday. In it, Shines had the highest of praise for hitting coach Shawn Wooten:
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
Brandon Trinkwon hit a two-run home run to tie the game in the ninth inning, but the Quakes lost 7-6 in 11 innings to the Lancaster JetHawks (Astros). The first home loss of the season for Rancho Cucamonga also snapped their six-game winning streak.
Minor league Rule 5 pick Randy Fontanez took the loss but still pitched well in relief, striking out four and allowing only one run in three innings. That was the first run of the year allowed by Fontanez, who has a 0.93 ERA to go with 12 strikeouts and two walks in 11⅔ innings.
Catcher a Kyle Farmer, the Dodgers' eight-round pick in 2013, went 2-for-5 with a double and a walk, extending his hitting streak to seven games, hitting .483/.500/.759 during that span.
Tyler Ogle was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, but what was notable was that he made his second appearance as a professional at third base, and his first start at the hot corner on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old was drafted in the ninth round in 2011 as a catcher, and has played mostly catcher and first base in his minor league career to date.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons only managed six hits, all singles in a 6-3 loss to the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers). Three of the hits came off the bat of 19-year-old outfielder Johan Mieses in just his second professional game in the United States. Mieses, signed by the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic in May 2013, is 4-for-8 in two games with Great Lakes, including two stolen bases on Tuesday night.
"Our team has been doing a great job all season long," Loons manager Luis Matos told reporters after the game. "But, these days are going to come when those guys are ready to hit. We need to do a better job at the plate, because it’s tough to pitch when you’re on the mound and playing from behind. Mentally, you change what you’re going to do."
Triple-A: With Heisey joining the Dodgers in San Francisco, Oklahoma City added David Huff back to the roster and activated Ralph Henriquez from the seven-day disabled list. The team also released Freddy Garcia, after the 38-year-old allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in three games, including one spot start, with seven strikeouts and four walks in 7⅓ innings.
Tuesday box scores
3:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Brock Stewart) vs. West Michigan (Jeff Thompson)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Zach Lee) at Nashville (Arnold Leon)
The Dodgers haven't technically named a Thursday starting pitcher yet. If Lee gets scratched by Oklahoma City on Wednesday, we'll know it's him who previously met with Johnny Ola in Havana.
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Scott Barlow) vs. Lancaster (Zach Morton)
Tulsa is off, with a travel day before opening a homestand on Thursday night at home.
Deck McGuire (@deckmcguire) April 22, 2015