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Estevez off to hot start, Drillers win 7-5

Omar Estevez leads the Texas League with a .421 average

Omar Estevez
Omar Estevez
Rich Crimi ~ Tulsa Drillers

The Dodger affiliates only had one winner on Friday as Oklahoma City, Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes all went down to defeat. Tulsa did have a great Friday with a nice win over Arkansas.

Player of the day

Infielder Omar Estevez played two full seasons at Rancho Cucamonga and while he was a steady performer, his numbers would not stand out especially after playing in such an offensive plus league.

Only 21, Estevez started the 2019 season with a red hot bat at Tulsa. After last night’s game, he is hitting .421/.452/.649 in 60+ plate appearances after going 3-for-4 with his second home run of the season.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Cubs scored six runs to break a 4-4 tie and they went on to beat the Dodgers 10-4. Jaime Schultz had retired the first two Cubs but then he walked three to the load the bases.

Stetson Allie was brought in and he proceeded to walk in a run and then he gave up a bases clearing double. Allie would walk two more batters before he was replaced.

The Cubs would score two more runs to complete their six run rally.

Edwin Rios homered and had two hits for the Dodgers.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers trailed by four before scoring seven runs and that was enough to beat the Travelers (Mariners) 7-5. Home runs from Cristian Santana, Logan Landon and Omar Estevez paced the Drillers offense.

Mitch White started for the Drillers and he gave up three runs in 1⅔ innings. Adam McCreery got the win for his four scoreless innings of work.

Estevez had three hits, Santana and Landon each had two hits.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes four-game winning streak ended on Friday night as the Giants won 6-3. Victor Gonzalez pitched four innings and gave up three runs.

Three pitchers followed Gonzalez and each of them allowed a single run.

Each team struck out 13 times, the Quakes have now struck out 179 times in 16 games.

Carlos Rincon and Jeter Downs each had two hits, Rincon hit his second home run of the season.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons and the Hot Rods (Rays) each had big fifth innings but the Hot Rods were able to hold on to their 9-6 win. The Hot Rods scored twice in the fourth and then added seven runs in the fifth. The Loons scored six runs in the fifth but were unable to put anymore runs on the board.

Alfredo Tavarez had given up just one unearned run in three prior appearances but then on Friday, he was responsible for five runs without recording an out.

Miguel Vargas and Dillon Paulson each had two hits for the Loons.

Friday scores

Iowa 10, Oklahoma City 4

Tulsa 7, Arkansas 5

San Jose 6, Rancho Cucamonga 3

Bowling Green 9, Great Lakes 6


  • Oklahoma City activated left-handed pitcher Ben Holmes from the temporarily inactive list
  • Right-handed pitcher Louis Head assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City
  • Rancho Cucamonga placed outfielder Jeren Kendall on the 7-day injured list
  • Outfielder Drew Avans assigned to Rancho Cucamonga from Great Lakes
  • Outfielder Chris Roller assigned to Great Lakes from AZL Dodgers

Saturday schedule

11:05 am PDT: Great Lakes (TBD) vs. Bowling Green (Shane McClanahan)

5:05 pm: Oklahoma City (Rob Zastryzny) vs. Iowa (Trevor Clifton)

5:05 pm: Tulsa (Justin De Fratus) vs. Arkansas (Justin Dunn)

7:05 pm: Rancho Cucamonga (Edwin Uceta) vs. San Jose (Trenton Toplikar)