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Drillers, Quakes, and Loons drop playoff openers

Keibert Ruiz went three for four with a home run in a game one loss in the Texas League playoffs.
Photo credit: Matthew Christensen | Tulsa Drillers

A hard luck night on the farm with four defeats in four games, three involving playoff openers.

Player of the day

There was a brief moment on Wednesday when it looked like Keibert Ruiz would be the hero for Tulsa, hitting the go ahead home run in the eighth inning. Ruiz went 3-4 Wednesday night with three runs driven in to lead Tulsa offensively before they eventually succumbed to a walk off defeat.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City and Springfield were rained out on Wednesday. They will play a doubleheader on Thursday.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers allowed a pair of runs in the ninth inning to fall in game one to the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners) 5-4. Layne Somsen suffered the loss after allowing the two runs in the ninth inning. Tony Gonsolin struck out seven but allowed three runs in 5.2 innings as the starter.

Keibert Ruiz led all Tulsa hitters in going 3-4 with a home run and three runs driven in. Jacob Scavuzzo had a pair of hits and runs scored, while Gavin Lux had a double for his one hit in five at bats.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes could not overcome an early deficit and fell to the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) in game one 8-4. Cody Thomas had a double and a home run in four at bats, scoring a pair of runs. Omar Estevez also homered for the Quakes from the leadoff spot.

Leo Crawford took the loss by allowing six runs in 5.2 innings. Jordan Sheffield pitched a scoreless inning in relief to hold the Quakes close late.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons failed to score despite eight hits in a 6-0 game one defeat by the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers). The Loons were led by Romer Cuadrado, who went three for four. Jacob Amaya had a hit and stolen base. No Great Lakes player recorded an extra base hit.

Gerardo Carrillo lasted 5.1 innings, but allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits, walking three and striking out three. Devin Hemmerich (1.2 innings) and Melvin Jimenez (one) held the Whitecaps scoreless in relief.

Short Season Ogden

The Raptors staged a furious rally but came up just short in an 8-7 loss to the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals). Andrew Shaps went two for four with a pair of doubles and a run scored. Marcus Chiu tripled and drove in a run in four at bats, while Ramon Rodriguez and Kenneth Betancourt each went two for four.

Kevin Malisheski allowed four runs in four innings of work, but took the loss after the Raptors failed to make up an early deficit. Wes Helsabeck and Evy Ruibal were also each touched up for a pair of runs in relief of Malisheski.


Triple-A: The Oklahoma City Dodgers activated LHP Kyle Lobstein from the inactive list and SS Angelo Mora from the disabled list, while placing RHP Justin DeFratus on the disabled list.

Double-A: The Tulsa Drillers received LHP Michael Johnson back from Oklahoma City, activated RHP Tony Gonsolin from the inactive list, and activated OF Zach Reks from the disabled list. The Drillers also placed 3B Wes Darvill on the disabled list.

Wednesday scores

Arkansas 5, Tulsa 4

Lancaster 8, Rancho Cucamonga 4

West Michigan 6, Great Lakes 0

Idaho Falls 8, Ogden 7

Thursday schedule

3:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Daniel Corcino) vs. Springfield (Kevin Herget) game one

6:05 p.m. (est.): Oklahoma City (Kyle Lobstein) vs. Springfield (Tyler Lyons) game two

4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (John Rooney) vs. West Michigan (Wilkel Hernandez)

4:10 p.m.: Tulsa (Ben Holmes) at Arkansas (Anthony Misiewicz)

6:15 p.m.: Ogden (TBD) at Idaho Falls (TBD)

6:35 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Isaac Anderson) at Lancaster (Ty Culbreth)