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Jose De Leon strikes out 9 in 2016 debut

Jose De Leon and Kenta Maeda
Jose De Leon and Kenta Maeda
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Tuesday saw a great 2015 debut for a top Dodger prospect, two walk-off wins and two very close losses.

Player of the day

Right-handed pitcherJose De Leon had spent the last month at Glendale, AZ in extended spring training but made his 2016 debut a great one.  De Leon struck out nine in five innings in his Pacific Coast League debut, also allowed two hits and a walk.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers and Zephyrs (Marlins) were scoreless until with two out in the seventh.  That was when Dan Black doubled home two runs to take the lead and eventually a 2-0 win for the Zephyrs.

Jose De Leon made his first start of the season for the Dodgers and all he did was strike out the side in the first inning.  De Leon pitched five scoreless innings, striking out nine while walking one.  Luis Avilan was on the mound when Black doubled home the runs.

Austin Barnes was 3-for-4 but the rest of the Dodgers were 4-for-27.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers lost 2-1 to the Travelers (Angels), the Drillers could only muster up two hits and a walk against their opponent's pitching.

Trevor Oaks pitched six innings and allowed eight hits, two runs, two walks and struck out four.  Ralston Cash pitched two scoreless innings.

Alex Verdugo provided the only scoring offense for the Drillers with a solo home run.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes scored two runs in the eighth and then three runs in the ninth to defeat the Blaze (Mariners) 7-6.  TIm Locastro delivered a key hit to give the Quakes a walk-off win.

In the ninth, with one out, Julian Leon got on base on an error, Spencer Navin then walked and Edwin Mejia was hit by a pitch.  Locastro came up with the bases loaded and unloaded them with a bases-clearing double to win the game.

Alex Burgos picked up the win in relief, his first of the season.  Burgos gave up an unearned run and four hits but also struck out four in his three innings of work.

Andrew Sopko started for the Quakes.  Sopko pitched 4⅔ innings, and he gave up four runs, seven hits, two walks and struck out six.

Catcher Julian Leon has hit well thus far in 2016 with eight doubles and a .340/.389/.560 batting line.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons and River Bandits (Astros) were tied 2-2 when Omar Estevez singled home Ariel Sandoval to give the Loons the walk-off 3-2 win in 13 innings.

Ariel Sandoval led off the 13th with a single and was sacrificed to second.  Estevez delivered the Loons only hit with a runner in scoring position.

Brian Bass got the win in a relief for the Loons. Ariel Sandoval was two-for-six with a home run.


Triple-A: Activated right-handed pitcher Jose De Leon from the 7-day disabled list.  Double A: Right-handed pitchers Tim Shibuya and Red Patterson assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City; activated outfielder Devan Ahart from the paternity list;  placed outfielder Adam Law on the 7-day disabled list;  placed right-handed pitcher Rob Rogers on the 7-day disabled list; and Tulsa Drillers released right-handed pitcher Dale Thayer.

Tuesday Scores

New Orleans 2, Oklahoma City 0

Arkansas 2, Tulsa 1

Rancho Cucamonga 7, Bakersfield 6

Great Lakes 3. Quad Cities 2

Wednesday Schedule

7:35 a.m. PT - Quad Cities (Chris Murphy) at Great Lakes (Victor Gonzalez)

9:00 a.m. - Tulsa (Scott Barlow) at Arkansas (Kyle McGowin)

9:05 a.m. - New Orleans (Dylan Axelrod) at Oklahoma City (Julio Urias)

10:35 a.m. - Bakersfield (Anthony Misiewicz) at Rancho Cucamonga (Grant Holmes)