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Drillers extends season high win streak to five; Ross Stripling continues rehab

Tulsa Drillers home ballpark
Tulsa Drillers home ballpark

Player of the day

Ross Stripling made his third rehab appearance and his second start for the Drillers. Stripling pitched five innings, his longest outing, and allowed just a run and a one hit.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers scored two runs to beat the Sky Sox (Brewers) 4-3. With one out and a runner on second, Scott Schebler came close to winning the game but the ball fell short of a home run. Schebler made it to third for an RBI triple.

With first base open, the Sky Sox pitched to Buck Britton and Brutton singled to center to drive in Schebler for the win.

"It was one of those deals where they didn't intentionally walk me," Buck Britton told Jacob Unruh of The Oklahoman. "I thought they were going to, but that puts a chip on your shoulder to go out and get it done."

Josh Ravin picked up his third win of the season; Ravin struck out two and allowed one hit in his scoreless appearance.

Darnell Sweeney hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to make it a one-run game.


Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers defeated the Naturals (Royals) 3-2 behind Ross Stripling and Eric Stults pitching. Stripling won his first game since 2013 and Stults got a four inning save.

Drillers won their fifth straight game and have a 3-0 record to start the second half.

Peter Lavin was 3-for-5, Shawn Zarraga, Nate Samson and Jeremy Rathjen each had two hits. Rathjen hit a two-run home run that provided the winning margin.


Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

After clinching the first half title and then hosting their All-Star game, the Quakes began the second half with a 7-3 win over the Storm (Padres) at Lake Elsinore.

Jeff Brigham struck out eight in 5 IP to get the win. Cody Bellinger and Joey Curletta each hit two-run home runs.

Every Quake had at least one hit, including just called up Jacob Scavuzzo, the 21-year old outfielder was playing his first game for the Quakes. Scavuzzo was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons played 13 innings before falling to the TinCaps (Padres) 4-1. Matt Shelton started and allowed a run in 5 IP.

Trailing 1-0 going to the bottom of the ninth, the Loons scored the tying run when Alex Santana singled in Michael Ahmed.

The TinCaps scored three runs in the thirteenth inning on a sacrifice fly, a wild pitch and a steal of home. The Loons did get a double in their half of the thirteenth but it wasn't enough.

Two bullpen names to watch, Matt Campbell and Karch Kowalczyk continued to pitch well. 23-year old Campbell, a 2014 9th round pick, pitched two innings, and allowed no runs, a hit, one walk and struck out two. 24-year old Kowalczyk, a 2014 37th round pick, also pitch two scoreless innings with a hit, a walk and a strikeout.


Rookie Ogden

The Raptors led 7-0 going the seventh and then saw the Chukars (Royals) score eight runs to take the lead. But then the Raptors scored three runs in their half of the seventh and went on to win 11-8.

Jairo Pacheco started and pitched five innings, allowing no runs, two hits, two walks and three strikeouts. M.J. Villegas pitched a scoreless sixth inning.

Two 2015 draft picks had rough outings for the Raptors, 23rd round pick Andrew Istler pitched ⅓ IP and Istler gave up four hits, a walk and five runs. 25th round draft pick, Rob McDonnell, pitched ⅔ IP and gave up three runs, two hits, a walk and a strikeout.

Every starter had at least one hit for the Raptors. Willie Calhoun hit his first home run. Matt Beatty was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Catcher Garrett Kennedy played his first game and went 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and two walks.

Logan Landon, Michael Medina, Yensys Capellan, Matt Jones, and Kyle Garlick each had two hits.

AZL Dodgers

Seven pitchers combined to throw a shutout as the Dodgers beat the Reds 4-0. 2015 36th round draft pick Drayton Riekenberg got the win.

The Dodgers scored three runs in the second. After loading bases, Moises Perez walked to drive in the first run. A fielder's choice and an error scored the second and third runs.


Triple-A: Pitcher Matt Shelton assigned to Loons.

Class-A: Outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo assigned from Loons.

Low Class-A: Outfielder Brian Wolfe assigned from Quakes; released pitcher Brandon Martinez.

There is nothing official from the Raptors but there was this tweet about a 2015 24th Round draft pick on his way up the organization:

Thursday box scores

Oklahoma City 4, Colorado Springs 3

Tulsa 3, NW Arkansas 2

Rancho Cucamonga 7, Lake Elsinore 3

Fort Wayne 4, Great Lakes 1 (13)

Ogden 11, Idaho Falls 8

AZL Dodgers 4, AZL Reds 0

DSL Mariners1 6, DSL Dodgers 4

Friday schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Fort Wayne (Michael Kelly) at Great Lakes (Trevor Oaks)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Brandon Beachy) at Nashville (Athletics) (Chris Bassitt)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (TBD) at NW Arkansas (Christian Binford)

6 p.m.: Orem (Angels) (Jose Rodriguez) at Ogden (Victor Gonzalez)

7 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Zack Bird) at Lake Elsinore (Kyle Lloyd)

7 p.m.: AZL Dodgers (TBD) at Azl Reds (TBD)