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Drillers clinch Texas League playoff spot

Tulsa beats Northwest Arkansas 8-1 to advance to playoffs

Drillers celebrate
Drillers celebrate
Rich Crimi

Tulsa joined Rancho Cucamonga, Great Lakes, Ogden and the Arizona League Dodger affiliates in the 2018 postseason. Oklahoma City will have to win out to get that chance too.

Player of the day

Tulsa left-handed pitcher Ben Holmes pitched 7⅓ innings and allowed one run and five hits. Earlier in the week, Holmes was named as one of the Dodger minor league players that will be playing in the Arizona Fall League.

Holmes pitched 55⅓ innings since joining the Dodger organization in July. Holmes had 55 strikeouts against 17 walks in those innings pitched.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers led 2-0 going to the bottom of the seventh. By the end of that inning, the Dodgers trailed 4-2 on their way to a 8-2 win by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers).

That loss put the Dodgers 2½ games behind the Sky Sox with four games left to play. The Dodgers will have to win all four against the Sky Sox to win their division.

Julio Urias was the pitcher who took the mound in the bottom of the seventh. Urias walked two and then got fielder’s choice on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Zach McAllister was brought in to replace Urias.

McAllister proceeded to hit the first batter he faced to load the bases. A single drove in two runs. That was followed by a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch that gave up two more runs.

The Dodgers then gave up four more runs in the eighth inning to make the final score 8-2.

Kyle Lobstein started the game for the Dodgers and pitched six scoreless innings.

Double-A Tulsa

Tulsa defeated the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals) 8-1 on Friday. With the win, the Drillers will either win the second half title or have the second-best overall record in their division. That meant the Drillers clinched their playoff spot for a second straight season.

Ben Holmes pitched 7⅓ innings to get the win. Layne Somsen finished the game for the Drillers with one strikeout in 1⅔ innings.

The Drillers sent 12 batters to the plate in the third inning, six of them scored to give them an early big lead. Drew Jackson hit a two-run homer and Keibert Ruiz drove in two with a double.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes hit four home runs in their 6-3 win over the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels). Donovan Casey hit a three-run homer in the first inning to give the Quakes an early lead.

Solo home runs by Omar Estevez, Cody Thomas and Nick Yarnall gave the Quakes their additional three runs.

Wills Montgomerie started for the Quakes and pitched 4⅓ innings. Montgomerie had five strikeouts against one walk. Ryan Moseley got the win and Logan Salow picked up his third save.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons scored a run in the tenth inning and then held on to beat the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 3-2 on Friday. Hunter Feduccia singled with two outs in the top of the tenth driving home Deacon Liput.

Melvin Jiminez was able to work around a runner on third base with one out to get his fourth save.

The Loons might have been able to score earlier in the game but Feduccia’s single was their only hit in 13 chances with runners in scoring position.

Pioneer-Rookie Ogden

Ogden lost 11-4 to the Grand Junction Rockies on Friday. The Rockies got 18 hits including two home runs.

Ogden has one final home game on Saturday before finishing their regular season with four games at Idaho Falls. Having won the first-half title, the Raptors will begin their defense of the 2017 Pioneer League title next Friday.

Arizona-Rookie AZL Dodgers

The AZL Dodgers lost the second game of the best-of-three Arizona League Championship Series. The series is now tied 1-1 with the finale scheduled for this afternoon.

The Cubs only gave up two hits and they struck out 12 Dodgers against one walk. The Dodgers made four errors, the last one led to the Cubs second run.


Triple-A: Oklahoma City activated infielder Alex Burg and outfielder Henry Ramos from the 7-day disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Justin DeFratus assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa.

Rookie: Infielder Marcus Chiu and right-handed pitcher Joel Inoa assigned to Ogden from Great Lakes.

Friday’s scores

Colorado Springs 8, Oklahoma City 2

Tulsa 8, NW Arkansas 1

Rancho Cucamonga 6, Inland Empire 3

Great Lakes 3, Lansing 2 (10)

Grand Junction 11, Ogden 4

AZL Cubs One 2, AZL Dodgers 0

Saturday’s schedule

3:00 p.m. PT: Oklahoma City (Brock Stewart & TBD) at Colorado Springs (TBD & Adrian Houser)

4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. South Bend [Cubs] (Enrique De Los Rios)

4:10 p.m.: Tulsa (Dustin May) at Springfield [Cardinals] (Matt Pierce)

5:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers at AZL Cubs One

5:30 p.m.: Ogden (Caleb Sampen) vs. Grand Junction (TBD)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Isaac Anderson) vs. Inland Empire (Simon Mathews)