RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Left-handed pitcher Julio Urias continued his way back to Los Angeles as he made his third rehab appearance this season, this time at Rancho Cucamonga with the Quakes.
Urias pitched 1⅔ innings, he gave up three hits, one of those was a solo home run. He also struck out two. After his appearance, he spoke to the media and appeared very pleased with his outing. The interview was primarily in Spanish, the following was translated afterwards.
“I felt good, happy to be back,” Urias said. “Previously I had great year when I played here [Rancho Cucamonga] and coming back motivated me.”
Friday’s rehab appearance could have been a preview of what is to come for Urias as Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts spoke about Urias earlier on Friday.
Dave Roberts said Kenley Jansen’s disabled-list move may accelerate Julio Urías’ return. The Dodgers planned to build him up to four-inning stints, but he could be an option for shorter outings soon.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) August 10, 2018
Urias appeared ready for whatever the Dodgers have planned for him, he is working to be available for whatever role they have in mind for him.
“Finally being healthy is the only way I will be able to help them,” Urias said. “The decisions are theirs and I just have to be ready.”
Player of the day
Tulsa’s Mitch White pitched six solid innings on Friday. He allowed two runs (one earned), four hits and struck out six. White has pitched 82⅓ innings this season which is a career high, we’ll see if he makes to 100 innings pitched in the remaining weeks of the regular season.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers lost 8-4 to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), this was the Dodgers fourth straight loss as they maintain a 1½ game division lead. Kyle Lobstein gave up six runs in 4⅔ innings to take the loss.
Tim Locastro, Kyle Farmer, Edwin Rios and Jake Peter each had two hits for the Dodgers. Will Smith went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Smith has started five games at Oklahoma City, four of those as catcher. Smith is 1-for-18 with eight strikeouts in his first week at AAA.
The Drillers won 6-3 over the San Antonio Missions (Padres) on Friday. Mitch White was the winning pitcher as he pitched six innings and gave up two runs.
Cael Brockmeyer hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Drillers a three-run lead. In the second inning, Jacob Scavuzzo hit a two-out three-run double to make it 6-0. Scavuzzo had four runs driven in this game.
Keibert Ruiz had three hits and a run scored. Gavin Lux has now had at least one hit in seven of his first eight games at Tulsa. Lux is hitting .353/.389/.441 in 36 plate appearances at Tulsa.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes trailed early but then put up seven runs to beat Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) 7-4 at LoanMart Field. The Quakes hit four home runs that would account for six of those runs.
Julio Urias made his third rehab appearance, this time wearing a Quakes uniform again. Urias last game as a Quake was in 2015. In 2014, Urias made 20 starts for Rancho Cucamonga, he would be with them that entire season, striking out 109 in 87⅔ innings.
On Friday, Urias left after pitching 1⅔ innings, he gave up one run, three hits and struck out two. The JetHawks would score two more runs to take a three-run lead.
Carlos Rincon started the Quakes comeback with another home run, Rincon now has hit at least one home run in his last four games. Rincon now has seven home runs with the Quakes, that matches the seven he hit for the Loons this season.
Omar Estevez hit a three-run homer to give the Quakes the lead. Hamlet Marte hit two solo home runs.
The win also gave manager Drew Saylor his 224th career win as the manager of the Quakes. That puts him on top as the franchise leader for Rancho Cucamonga.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons beat the South Bend Cubs 6-3 in ten innings on Friday. In the top of the tenth inning, the Loons scored twice on a wild pitch to give them the lead and ultimately the game.
With the bases loaded and one out in the tenth, a wild pitch allowed both Josh McClain and Deacon Liput to score. Devin Mann would then single home Jacob Amaya with the third run.
Infielder Brock Carpenter pitched a scoreless ninth and tenth innings, retiring all six hitters he faced, to get the win.
The Raptors fell one run short in their 4-3 loss to the Billings Mustangs (Reds). The Raptors had the bases-loaded and two out in the ninth inning but Daniel Robinson flew out to end the game.
The winning pitcher for the Mustangs was the Dodgers former fourth round pick James Marinan. The right-handed pitcher has made six starts in the Pioneer League and he has held his own. He has walked 13 in 22⅓ innings, so command probably remains an issue.
Arizona-Rookie AZL Dodgers
The AZL Dodgers and AZL Giants Black split a pair of games, the Dodgers won the first game 6-2 and then the Giants Black shutout the Dodgers 3-0 in the second game.
Josh Fields made his second rehab appearance and it was a three true outcome game for Fields. He struck out three, walked one and gave up a two-run homer in the first inning.
Donovan Casey and Aldrich De Jongh each had three hits for the Dodgers. Casey is also rehabbing with the AZL Dodgers. Casey hit a home run and two doubles. He also drove in four runs.
In the second game, the Giants Luis Moreno pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk. He also struck out eight.
Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled pitcher Pat Venditte from Oklahoma City. Left-handed pitcher Michael Johnson assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa.
Class-A: Los Angeles sent left-handed pitcher Julio Urias on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga. Right-handed pitcher Orlandy Navarro assigned to Great Lakes from Ogden. Great Lakes Loons placed left-handed pitcher Devin Hemmerich on the temporarily inactive list.
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Dayton [Reds] (Jared Solomon)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Logan Bawcom) vs. Memphis (Tyler Lyons)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Tony Gonsolin) at San Antonio (Emmanuel Ramirez)
5:05 p.m.: Ogden (Jose Chacin) at Billings (Luis Alecis)
7:05 p.m. PT: Rancho Cucamonga (Max Gamboa) vs. Lancaster (Matt Dennis)