Julio Urias notched yet another exhibit in making his case that he belongs in the majors. The 19-year-old left-hander threw five more scoreless innings on Friday night for Triple-A Oklahoma City against the Salt Lake Bees, an Angels affiliate, extending his scoreless streak to 27 consecutive innings.
Urias allowed three hits and walked none in his five innings, striking out five. He lowered his ERA on the season to a paltry 1.10, with 44 strikeouts and eight walks in 41 innings.
The Dodgers' top prospect left the game with a 1-0 lead, and retired his final five batters faced.
Old friend Nick Buss opened the second inning with a double into the left field corner, giving the bees a scoring opportunity. But Urias struck out the next two batters and induced a ground ball to shortstop to strand Buss. Batters this season are 3-for-21 (.143) with runners in scoring position against Urias.
Kyle Kubitza notched a one-out single in the third inning, and was forced out by Todd Cunnigham, but Urias ended any thoughts of that rally by picking Cunningham off first base. Urias has five pickoffs in his last four starts.
Urias has allowed zero or run in six of his seven starts this season, with another three-inning relief appearance mixed in.