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Kyle Farmer had four hits Wednesday
Photo credit: Rich Crimi | Tulsa Drillers

The organization went a perfect three for three in early starts across the farm. The afternoon games brought standout performances from starting pitchers Walker Buehler and AJ Alexy, and a clutch day at the plate from Kyle Farmer.

Player of the day

Kyle Farmer went four for five and scored the game winning run in the tenth inning for the Tulsa Drillers. Farmer had a pair of doubles, and it was his double in the tenth inning that put him in position to score on Jose Miguel Fernandez’s walk off single. Farmer is now hitting .321/.406/.446 on the year, and made his fifth start of the year at third base.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City wrapped up its homestand on Tuesday. They will open up their road trip on Thursday in Omaha.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers needed extra innings to defeat the Arkansas Travelers (Angels), winning 6-5 in extra innings. Jose Miguel Fernandez singled in Kyle Farmer for the walk off win. Kyle Garlick also led the offense with a pair of hits, including his fourth home run of the season. Tim Locastro also went three for five, and the Drillers’ offense combined for fifteen hits on the afternoon.

Corey Copping earned the win on the pitching side, striking out a pair in a clean tenth inning. The win was Copping’s first of the season.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes rode twelve strikeouts by its pitchers to win a low scoring affair against the San Jose Giants 3-2. Walker Buehler continued his strong start to the season with four strikeouts and just one run in three and a two-thirds innings pitched before reaching the fifty pitch threshold. Wes Helsabeck earned the win following Buehler with three strikeouts in two and a third innings, while Shea Spitzbarth added his fifth save of the season with four strikeouts in two innings.

The Quakes offense funneled primarily through 2016 draftees. Will Smith hit his first triple of the season, going two for four and extended his hit streak to eleven games. DJ Peters homered for the second time in this series, going one for three, while Luke Raley had a pair of hits in four at bats and a run scored.

Class-A Great Lakes

AJ Alexy led a stifling performance by the Loons, blanking the Lake County Captains (Indians) 7-0. Alexy was brilliant again, going three and two-thirds innings over his fifty-three pitch afternoon, striking out seven of the twelve batters he faced, walking none. Willian Soto would earn the win with four strikeouts in four and a third innings pitched in relief of Alexy.

The Loons scored six of their seven runs in the fourth inning. Brendon Davis paced the offense by going two for four with a double and run scored. Oneil Cruz and Mitchell Hansen also added a pair of hits to the winning cause.

Transactions

Double-A: The Drillers placed RHP Tim Shibuya on the seven day disabled list. OF Tyler Holt moves down from Oklahoma City to take his place on the roster.

Class-A: In Rancho Cucamonga, 2B Omar Estevez was placed on the seven day disabled list while Samuel Ortiz was recalled from Extended Spring Training to take his place.

Wednesday scores

Tulsa 6, Arkansas 5 in 10 innings

Rancho Cucamonga 3, San Jose 2

Great Lakes 7, Lake County 0

Thursday schedule

4:00 p.m.: Great Lakes (Jordan Sheffield) at Dayton (Tony Santillan)

4:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City (TBD) at Omaha (Jonathan Dziedzic)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Ivan Vieitez) vs. Arkansas (Lindsey Caughel)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) vs. San Jose (Conner Menez)