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Jose De Leon strikes out 10 in California League debut

Jose De Leon faced only 17 batters on Thursday. He struck out 10.

Jose De Leon had a great first night with the Quakes.
Jose De Leon had a great first night with the Quakes.
Photo: @Michelleee67 on Twitter

The Dodgers debuted a pair of affiliates in Oklahoma on Thursday night's minor league opening day, but the highlight of the night was Jose De Leon dominating in his first taste of the California League.

Player of the day

In his debut with the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Jose De Leon retired the first 13 batters of the game. He ended his night with 10 strikeouts in five innings. He allowed only a hit and a walk in the fifth inning but because of an error both scored, a pair of unearned runs.

But that didn't make De Leon's night any less impressive. The 22-year-old, drafted by the Dodgers in the 24th round in 2013, in his last six starts, dating back to his final start in Ogden last August, has 63 strikeouts and three walks in 34⅔ innings, with only six runs allowed (three earned) for a 0.78 ERA.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City lost their debut 2-0 to the Round Rock Express (Rangers), though the story of the night was starting pitcher Scott Baker stretching out for a potential start at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. Long man candidate David Huff followed with four strikeouts in three innings, allowing one run. The Dodgers had eight hits, including two by Austin Barnes.

Double-A Tulsa

Corey Seager went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the Drillers' 10-4 win over the San Antonio Missions (Padres). In his Double-A debut, starter Chris Anderson struck out six in five innings, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks.

If you had your money on Ali Solis hitting the first home run of the season for Tulsa, congratulations. The catcher was 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and a walk.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

De Leon was the story, but Edwin Diaz was nearly as good with eight strikeouts over five scoreless innings. But the Quakes chipped away at the bullpen and eventually beat the Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners) 3-2 on Thursday. The key hit was an RBI double by left fielder Devan Ahart, the Dodgers' 16th-round pick in 2014 who had two hits on the night.

Joey Curletta, playing right field and batting third in his Quakes debut, hit a home run in the sixth inning, one of two hits. Randy Fontanez, a minor league Rule 5 pick from the Mets in December, pitched the final two scoreless innings for the win.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

Thursday's opener got rained out, which brings us a doubleheader of seven-inning games starting at 2:05 p.m. PT on Friday, with Brock Stewart and Grant Holmes starting for the Loons against the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres).

Transactions

Triple-A: Catcher a Shawn Zarraga placed on temporary inactive list

Double-A: Middle infielder Nate Samson placed on seven-day disabled list; pitcher Ben Rowen and catcher Chris O`Brien were traded to Baltimore

Class-A: Pitcher a Jordan Hershiser, catcher Austin Chubb and infielder Delvis Morales placed on the seven-day disabled list

low Class-A: Infielder a Faustino Oguisten and pitcher Kyle Hooper placed on the seven-day disabled list

Thursday box scores

Round Rock 2, Oklahoma City 0

Tulsa 10, San Antonio 4

Rancho Cucamonga 3, Bakersfield 2

Minor League Central: organizational overview

Friday schedule & pitchers

2:05 p.m. PT: Doubleheader - Great Lakes (Brock Stewart, Grant Holmes) vs. Fort Wayne (Thomas Dorminy, Ernesto Montas)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Carlos Frias) vs. Round Rock (Luke Jackson)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Julio Urias) vs. San Antonio (Colin Rea)

7:15 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Zachary Bird) at Bakersfield (Ryan Yarbrough)