Farm Fresh: De Leon’s 13K carry OKC to playoffs
By Jon Weisman
While Brock Stewart was having his career-best Major League game in Los Angeles, Jose De Leon was firing up some heroics of his own.
De Leon struck out 13 with no walks in 7 2/3 shutout innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City, which clinched the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division title in a 6-1 victory over Colorado Springs.
In 41 2/3 innings over his past six starts, De Leon has a 1.30 ERA with 46 strikeouts.
Austin Barnes, expected to join the Dodgers later this week, homered to break a scoreless tie in the seventh. Another imminent Dodger returnee, Louis Coleman, allowed two hits and an unearned run with a strikeout in the ninth inning, his fourth rehab appearance on his way back from the disabled list.
Oklahoma City will play American Southern Division champion Nashville in a best-of-five series beginning September 7 at home.
In other highlights from the day:
- Andre Ethier doubled, singled and was hit by two pitches in five plate appearances as designated hitter in his third rehab game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, which defeated Inland Empire, 7-5.
- Cody Bellinger hit his 20th homer of the season for Double-A Tulsa, which lost to Springfield, 7-5.
- Walker Buehler made his Single-A Great Lakes debut, allowing three baserunners but no runs in a scoreless inning during the Loons’ 2-0 victory. Leonardo Crawford pitched four shutout innings in relief for the win.
- Willian Soto, a 6-foot-4, 20-year-old right-hander from Venezuela, allowed only one run in six innings while striking out seven for Rookie League Ogden, which lost to Idaho Falls, 2-1.