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Josh Sborz pitches well in Drillers 3-1 win

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Drillers keep pace for second half division title

Josh Sborz
Josh Sborz
Rich Crimi / Tulsa Drillers

With less than a month to go, the Drillers and Quakes are trying to stay on top while the OKC Dodgers and Loons see if they can put together one last run. The Rookie League teams are also trying to stay in their races for the playoffs.

Player of the day

Josh Sborz gave up a run and three hits as he pitched his team to a 3-1 win. He struck out six in six innings. Sborz has pitched better from the beginning of July though his strikeouts barely top his walk totals.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers scored a run in both the seventh and eighth inning and came back to beat Salt Lake Bees (Angels) 3-2 on Tuesday. Edwin Rios hit a solo home run in the eighth to break the 2-2 tie.

Rios has hit well at Oklahoma City, in 96 plate appearances he is hitting .284/.347/.580.

Chris Hatcher continued his rehab as he pitched one inning with one strikeout.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers defeated Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) 3-1 to stay tied for first with the Springfield Cardinals in their second half race for a playoff spot.

Josh Sborz got the win for pitching six innings and giving up a run and three hits.

Peter O’Brien broke the 1-1 tie with a two-run homer that gave the Drillers their margin of victory.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes won 5-2 over Modesto Nuts (Mariners) behind Adam Bray’s pitching and a 10-hit attack. Bray pitched five innings and gave up a run on eight hits and a walk.

Parker Curry, Sven Schueller and Nolan Long combined to pitch four scoreless innings for the Quakes.

Zach Reks had three hits, he’s 12-for-24 to begin his California League career. Darien Tubbs, DJ Peters and Omar Estevez each had two hits.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons had the misfortune to face another excellent Fort Wayne TinCap (Padres) pitcher but in the end, they lost 4-1 in 10 innings. In that tenth inning, the Loons committed two errors, a hit batter, a few walks and a single all resulted in three runs for the TinCaps.

But before that, the Loons were completely shutdown by the 17 strikeouts recored by Pedro Avila who pitched eight innings and gave up a run and three hits.

The Loons had a bullpen game that featured 13 strikeouts and 14 walks but just two hits.

Rookie Pioneer - Ogden

The Raptors lost 6-5 to the Great Falls Voyagers (White Sox) on an eighth inning home run by Anthony Villa, his second in the game.

For the Raptors, Mitchell Hanson and Rylan Bannon each had two hits.

Rookie - AZL Dodgers

The AZL Dodgers gave up two runs in the ninth and lost 6-5 to the AZL Mariners. Riley Ottesen pitched three scoreless innings and struck out five.

Jeremy Arocho and Alvaro Rubi each hit home runs for the AZL Dodgers.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart from Oklahoma City. Right-handed pitcher David Hale assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa.

Double-A: Tulsa activated right-handed pitcher Josh Sborz from the 7-day disabled list.

Class-A: Right-handed pitcher Parker Curry assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Oklahoma City; infielder Jose Brizuela assigned to Rancho Cucamonga; Rancho Cucamonga activated catcher Brant Whiting from the temporarily inactive list; Rancho Cucamonga placed left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer and shortstop Cristian Gomez on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 7, 2017.

Rookie: Catcher Garrett Hope assigned to Ogden from Rancho Cucamonga. Tulsa sent outfielder Stetson Allie on a rehab assignment to AZL Dodgers.

Tuesday’s scores

Oklahoma City 3, Salt Lake 2

Tulsa 3, Corpus Christi 1

Rancho Cucamonga 5, Modesto 2

Fort Wayne 4, Great Lakes 1 (10)

Great Falls 6, Ogden 5

AZL Mariners 6, AZL Dodgers 5

Wednesday’s schedule

5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Andrew Sopko) at Corpus Christi (Framber Valdez)

6:00 p.m.: Ogden (Osiris Ramirez) at Great Falls (Lincoln Henzman)

6:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Eddie Gamboa) at Salt Lake (John Lamb)

7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers vs. AZL White Sox

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Jordan Sheffield) at Modesto Nuts (Spencer Herrmann)