Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias made one of his finest starts as a professional on Wednesday morning, throwing six no-hit innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City against the New Orleans Zephyrs, a Marlins' affiliate.
Oklahoma City took a combined no-hitter into the ninth inning, but a leadoff single by Aaron Nola ended the bid for what would have been OKC's first combined no-no. Oklahoma City also lost a combined no-hitter with nobody out in the ninth inning on April 9 against Nashville.
OKC settled for a 5-0, one-hit victory.
Urias struck out six and faced the minimum 18 batters in his six innings, walking none. The only runner to reach base against him was Dan Black, who did so on an error by shortstop Zach Walters to open the fifth inning. After a pop out and force out, Urias ended the inning by picking off Matt Jeungel at first base to end the frame.
At the plate, Urias had more hits than he allowed, thanks to a single in the fifth inning, his second as a pro. He delivered a sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning, a bunt back to the pitcher on which the speedy Rico Noel scored all the way from second base, giving Urias his first career RBI.
Urias struck out five of his first nine batters faced, and induced seven ground ball outs. He was pulled after six innings and 77 pitches, 52 for strikes.
Was told Urias would normally be limited to 5 innings unless "he's really cruising." Well he's really cruising today and will start the 6th.— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) May 4, 2016
The six innings were a season high for Urias, and matched his career high. This marked the 10th time in 66 career games he pitched past five innings.
On the season, the 19-year-old left-hander has 29 strikeouts and just three walks in 25 innings to go with his 1.88 ERA.
See you in Los Angeles, soon.