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Jose De Leon strikes out 12 in Quakes' win

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Jose De Leon struck out 12 on Tuesday night.
Jose De Leon struck out 12 on Tuesday night.
Photo: Craig Minami | True Blue LA

Tuesday saw three strong pitching performances in the Dodgers' minor league system, two wins and one rainout.

Player of the day

Jose De Leon pitched his finest game of the year, striking out 12 in seven scoreless innings against the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks), who entered Tuesday atop the California League at 19-6. De Leon allowed a single, a walk and a hit by pitch, but that was it in his longest outing of the year.

The 22-year-old right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts with the Quakes this season, with 38 strikeouts and six walks in 25 innings.

"I think it's a mentality. I have that mentality that I want to strike people out and I just attack the hitters. And if they get in a hole, 0-2, or they get two strikes, my confidence just grows a lot and I'm able to make quality pitches when there's two strikes," De Leon told Kelsie Heneghan of MiLB.com. "I just enjoy doing it. That's my game. There are pitchers that their game is ground balls or induce contact, but my game is strike people out."

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Tuesday's game against the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins) was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader beginning at 1:35 p.m. PT on Aug. 2, the next time New Orleans visits Oklahoma City.

Double-A Tulsa

Dustin Richardson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in Tulsa's 2-1 win over Arkansas (Angels). Richardson pitched into the seventh, allowing only one unearned run for his second win of the season. The Drillers loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth for their only offense, cashing in a pair of runs on a ground out by Travis Witherspoon and a suicide squeeze from catcher Ali Solis.

Jeremy Horst pitched the final two innings for the save. The veteran left-hander sports a 0.75 ERA in nine games for Tulsa this season, with 17 strikeouts and five walks in 12 innings.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

To back De Leon, the Quakes scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the second in a 7-3 win over Visalia. Earlier in the day, shortstop Tyler Wampler, the Dodgers' 17th-round pick in 2014, was promoted from Class-A Great Lakes. In his first at-bat with Rancho Cucamonga, Wampler hit a two-run home run, part of a two-hit night.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

Trevor Oaks pitched eight strong innings but the Loons offense was nowhere to be found in a 3-0 loss at South Bend (Cubs). Oaks, the Dodgers' seventh-round pick out of Cal Baptist in 2014, suffered the complete-game loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits in his eight innings, with three strikeouts and a walk. He's not missing very many bats (15 strikeouts in 31 innings, and a 13-percent strikeout rate) but he has a 2.32 ERA and no home runs allowed in five starts so far this season.

The Loons have scored just 26 runs in their last 10 games, including two or fewer runs seven times during that span. As a team, Great Lakes is hitting just .230/.297/.314 on the season.

Transactions

Triple-A: The Dodgers optioned first baseman Andy Wilkins to Oklahoma City. Starting pitcher Scott Baker cleared waivers and was sent outright to Oklahoma City, and accepted the assignment.

Double-A: Infielder Delvis Morales was promoted from Rancho to Tulsa, and Adam Law was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a lower back injury, retroactive to Monday.

Class-A: Tyler Wampler was promoted from Great Lakes to Rancho Cucamonga.

Tuesday box scores

Tulsa 2, Arkansas 1

Rancho Cucamonga 7, Visalia 3

South Bend 3, Great Lakes 0

Wednesday schedule

7:35 a.m. PT: Great Lakes (Victor Gonzalez) vs. South Bend (TBD)

9:05 a.m.: Oklahoma City (Mike Bolsinger) vs. New Orleans (Andre Rienzo)

9:05 a.m.: Tulsa (Chris Anderson) vs. Arkansas (Kyle McGowin)

10:35 a.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (John Richy) at Visalia (Zack Godley)

Kenley Jansen is expected to pitch both Wednesday and Thursday for the Quakes as part of his rehab assignment, his first time pitching back-to-back days since foot surgery in February.