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Scott Barlow dazzles in his best start of the year, Tulsa Drillers win 2-1

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Kyle Farmer walk-off three-run homer caps six-run rally for OKC

Scott Barlow
Rich Crimi

Tulsa — Dodger affiliates won three out of four on Sunday but it wasn’t easy. Two one-run wins and then Oklahoma City saw a one-run lead disappear in the top of ninth only to win it on a walk-off moments later.

Player of the Day

Scott Barlow pitched a season-high seven innings and at one point retired 18 batters in a row. Barlow, who was a 6th round draft pick in 2011, is among the Texas League leaders in ERA and WHIP.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers was on their way to a one-run win but then a two-out Will Middlebrooks grand slam gave the Round Rock Express (Rangers) the lead. However, the Dodgers would rally scoring six runs with Kyle Farmer providing the three-run walk-off homer for the 10-7 win.

The rally began with singles by Drew Maggi and Alex Verdugo. A passed ball brought in the first run. With one out, O’Koyea Dickson walked.

Willie Calhoun had one more chance to extend his three straight games with a home run streak instead doubled in both Verdugo and Mike Freeman, who pinch-ran for Dickson.

With two out, Max Muncy was intentionally walked. That brought up Kyle Farmer, who swung on a 3-0 pitch and hit a three-run homer to give the Dodgers a series sweep over the Express.

Brock Stewart started for the Dodgers and pitched 3⅓ innings, giving up one run, three hits and struck out four. Recently added to the 40-man, Fabio Castillo followed with two scoreless innings with five strikeouts.

Josh Ravin had one of those games, he had a blown save and got the win. His line was one inning pitched, two hits, four runs, two walks and two strikeouts.

Express second baseman Drew Robinson had a good game, he went 4-for-5 with two home runs.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers defeated the Springfield Cardinals 2-1 at ONEOK Field on Sunday afternoon. Scott Barlow went seven innings and recorded his fourth win, Shea Spitzbarth went the final two innings and picked up his second save.

Barlow gave up a run, three hits and struck out seven. Barlow is a candidate for Texas League Pitcher of the Week, in two games this week, he’s pitched 13 innings and given up a run, seven hits, two walks and struck out 13.

Tulsa scored their first run on a Tim Locastro homer in the third and then in the seventh inning, after Edwin Rios and Matt Beaty walked, Paul Hoenecke doubled in Rios with tie-breaking and ultimately, winning run.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes dropped their third of four to the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) losing 5-2 at Lake Elisnore. Yadier Alvarez took the loss though he was a victim of some poor defense in his last inning of work.

Tied 2-2 going to the bottom of the fifth, Alvarez got two of the first three batters he faced. The only batter who reached was due to an error by Will Smith, who was playing third base.

Eventually, Alvarez loaded the bases and an error by second baseman Errol Robinson allowed two runs to score.

Alvarez would pitch five innings, give up eight hits, four runs (two earned), one walk and struck out five.

The Quakes hitters struck out 14 times and could only muster five hits, one of which was Luke Raley’s fifth home run of the season. The Quakes, trailing by one game, will return home looking for some LoanMart Field magic to try and come back and with the first half division.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons were tied 3-3 with the South Bend Cubs going to the bottom of the sixth, Brendon Davis would break that tie and give the Loons the 4-3 win.

Transactions

Triple-A: Oklahoma City placed first baseman Ike Davis on the 7-day disabled list, placed right-handed pitcher Layne Somsen on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 10, 2017; activated right-handed pitcher Madison Younginer and catcher Brant Whiting from the 7-day disabled list; Los Angeles Dodgers sent left-handed pitcher Justin Marks outright to Oklahoma City.

Class-A: Great Lakes placed right-handed pitcher Kam Uter on the 7-day disabled list; Great Lakes Loons activated outfielder Darien Tubbs from the 7-day disabled list.

Sunday Scores

Oklahoma City 10, Round Rock 7

Tulsa 2, Springfield 1

Lake Elsinore 5, Rancho Cucamonga 2

Great Lakes 4, South Bend 3

Monday Schedule

9:05 a.m. PT: Tulsa (Andrew Sopko) vs. Springfield (Dakota Hudson)

4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Leo Crawford) vs. South Bend (Bryan Hudson)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) vs. Inland Empire [Angels] (Luis Pena)