Julio Urias has reached the "recap every start" phase of his minor league career, and with good reason. The left-hander and Dodgers top pitching prospect pitched six scoreless innings on Saturday night for Triple-A Oklahoma City, extending his scoreless streak to 22 consecutive innings.
Urias struck out six and walked two at home against the Las Vegas 51s, a Mets affiliate, and threw 82 pitches while facing just one batter over the minimum. The 82 pitches were a season high.
Urias allowed an infield single to third base by Johnny Monell to open the third inning, but he was erased on a double play. Danny Muno reached on an infield single to second base in the third inning, but Urias promptly picked him off.
Dilson Herrera led off the fourth inning with a clean single to left field, but Urias picked him off too, the fourth runner picked off by Urias in his last three starts.
Travis Taijeron coaxed a nine-pitch walk out of Urias with one out in the fifth, but another ground ball double play kept Urias at the minimum at the time.
Urias tired a bit in the sixth inning. He had Muno, a .182 hitter, down 0-2 but walked him, then had Dilson Herrera 0-1 before throwing three balls, though he got Herrera to pop out to end his night.
On the season, the 19-year-old Urias has a 1.25 ERA in his seven appearances, including six starts, with 39 strikeouts and eight walks in 36 innings. He has allowed five runs all year, and four of those came in one start, on April 16.
During the streak, Urias has allowed just 10 hits — including four infield hits — and six walks, with 20 strikeouts, lowering his ERA from 3.21 to 1.25.