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Rios leads Tulsa to Victory, Smeltzer bounces back for Great Lakes

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Edwin Rios hit his ninth home run in the Drillers 9-6 win over San Antonio
Photo credit: Rich Crimi | Tulsa Drillers

The Drillers were the lone victors on the farm, with the Quakes and Loons both losing tight games in the late innings.

Player of the day

Edwin Rios drove in five runs in Tulsa’s victory over San Antonio, going two for five with a double and a home run. The home run was Rio’s ninth of the season, and he’s now hitting .344/.374/.574 in Double A. An aggressive hitter, Rios has a unique profile for a top Dodger farm hand, with just a 3.1% walk rate this season but making enough hard contact to be quite dangerous.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City was off on Wednesday. Their season will resume Thursday at home against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers).

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers rapped out ten hits and rode a big sixth inning to defeat the San Antonio Missions (Padres) 9-6. Edwin Rios led the offense with a pair of extra base hits, including his ninth home run of the season. Jose Miguel Fernandez also had a pair of hits, with one being his fifth home run. Erick Mejia was the other Driller with a multi-hit game, going two for three with a walk and run scored.

Scott Barlow came off the disabled list and pitched five innings, allowing four runs (one earned) while walking five. Ralston Cash earned the win in relief, pitching one and a third scoreless innings, while Corey Copping earned his third save of the season.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes were walked off Wednesday evening, falling 5-4 to the Visalia Oaks (Diamondbacks). Ryan Moseley held the Oaks in check for four innings, allowing just one unearned run despite four walks. Kevin Brown followed with three runs allowed in one inning of work, while Parker Curry suffered the loss by allowing the winning run in the ninth inning.

Luke Raley went two for four as the only Quake hitter to record multiple hits. Ibandel Isabel (twelfth) and DJ Peters (eighth) provided most of the offense with home runs.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons bats fell silent and spoiled a strong performance by Devin Smeltzer, falling to the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers) 2-1. After a handful of rough outings, Smeltzer pitched eight strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out six and walking none. Smeltzer was denied a “Maddux” opportunity (complete game in 100 pitches or less) after being lifted at just ninety pitches after the eighth inning.

Gavin Lux scored the Loons only run after tripling in the first inning, his third triple of the season. Oneil Cruz also went one for three with a double, but the Loons managed just four hits on the evening.

Transactions

Double-A: The Drillers placed OF Kyle Garlick on the seven day disabled list, while activating RHP Scott Barlow from the disabled list.

Wednesday scores

Tulsa 9, San Antonio 6

Visalia 5, Rancho Cucamonga 4

West Michigan 2, Great Lakes 1

Thursday schedule

4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Leonardo Crawford) vs. West Michigan (Austin Sodders)

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Andrew Sopko) vs. San Antonio (Enyel De Los Santos)

5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (TBD) vs. Colorado Springs (Brent Suter)

7:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Caleb Ferguson) at Visalia (Justin Donatella)