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Edwin Rios continues to swing hot bat, Tulsa wins 5-4

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Tulsa hit four home runs including one by Matt Beaty to win in extra-innings

Edwin Rios
Photo credit: Rich Crimi | Tulsa Drillers

Oklahoma City had their game postponed due to threat of severe weather so there were three Dodger minor league games on Thursday. But one of those games was suspended in the eighth inning. So the only results we have are a win for Tulsa and a one-run defeat for Rancho Cucamonga.

Player of the day

Edwin Rios leads the Texas League in batting, slugging and OPS with his .361/.382/.604 batting line. In Thursday’s game, Rios went 3-for-5 with his eighth home run of the season. One other note, Rios has five walks this season and three of those were intentional. That means Rios has walked unintentionally only twice in 146 plate appearances so far in 2017.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers and Sacramento River Cats (Giants) was postponed due to threat of severe weather and since the teams will not meet again this season, that game will not be made up.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers scored four runs in the second on three home runs and then got one more home run in the tenth to beat the Springfield Cardinals 5-4 on Thursday night. Matt Beaty hit his third home run of the season and that proved to be the winning run for the Drillers.

In the second inning, Johan Mieses led off with his fifth home run in May. With one out, pitcher Scott Barlow singled. And then with two out, Michael Ahmed homered and that was followed by an Edwin Rios home run.

Scott Barlow had his fourth straight six inning start. He gave up three runs (two earned), two hits, three walks and struck out five.

Yaisel Sierra, who has been pretty effective this season, came in with two out and no one on in the eighth. Sierra gave up a double and then threw two wild pitches that scored the tying run.

Sierra would then get the win as he pitched a scoreless ninth and then was the pitcher of record after Beaty’s home run. Layne Somsen would get his first save for the Drillers by closing out the tenth inning.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes could not complete the series sweep as they dropped the finale 2-1 to the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres). A bright spot was Dean Kremer who pitched a season-high 4⅓ innings and struck out seven.

The Quakes scored their only run in the second inning. With one out, Luke Raley doubled and went to third on an error. Omar Estevez drove in Raley with a sacrifice fly.

Kremer saw the tying run score from the bench as he left the game with one out and a runner on third. Ryan Moseley threw a wild pitch to score the runner and the game was tied 1-1.

In the eighth, Parker Curry entered for the Quakes and was greeted with single and double to put runners on second and third. A sacrifice fly would put the Storm ahead.

The Quakes tried to battle back, they loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. But a force play at the plate and two strikeouts ended the threat and the game.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons and Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres) game started late and had a lot of action with the Loons leading 17-8 in the eighth inning. However, due to the late hour, the game was suspended.

One other thing.

A full report on this game will be in tomorrow’s Minor League Report.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles optioned outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke to Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City placed catcher Brant Whiting on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 17, 2017.

Double-A: Right-handed pitcher Layne Somsen assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City; Tulsa placed right-handed pitcher Ralston Cash on the 7-day disabled list.

Class-A: Left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Oklahoma City; right-handed pitcher James Carter assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Extended Spring Training; Rancho Cucamonga placed right-handed pitchers Dennis Santana and Kevin Brown on the 7-day disabled list.

Great Lakes placed left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer and outfielder Gage Green on the 7-day disabled list; infielder Erick Meza assigned to Great Lakes from Arizona Dodgers; right-handed pitchers Jordan Sheffield and Nolan Long assigned to Great Lakes from Extended Spring Training; Great Lakes transferred left-handed pitcher Victor Gonzalez and right-handed pitcher Joe Mortillaro from the 7-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list; right-handed pitcher Gregorio Sequera assigned to Extended Spring Training from Great Lakes.

Thursday Scores

Tulsa 5, Springfield 4 (10)

Lake Elsinore 2, Rancho Cucamonga 1

Great Lakes 17, Fort Wayne 8 (Suspended)

Friday schedule

3:05 p.m.: Great Lakes at Fort Wayne (continue suspended game)

4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Willian Soto) at Fort Wayne (Hansel Rodriguez)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Ivan Vieitez) vs. Arkansas Travelers [Mariners] (Brett Ash)

6:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Trevor Oaks) at El Paso Chihuahuas [Padres] (Chris Huffman)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Adam Bray) vs. Visalia Rawhide [Diamondbacks] (Ryan Atkinson)