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Gavin Lux
Gavin Lux had four hits, including his tenth home run, to lead Tulsa over Springfield Wednesday.
Rich Crimi ~ Tulsa Drillers

The Drillers and the Loons broke out the bats, while Dodgers left their offense back in Oklahoma City.

Player of the day

Gavin Lux was already on a hot streak, but took it to another level on Wednesday against Springfield. Lux went four for five with two doubles and his tenth home run of the season. Lux is now hitting .314/.372/.575 and his .947 OPS is one of the best in the Texas League.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City narrowly avoided a no-hitter but not the loss in a 9-1 defeat to the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins). The Dodgers struck out 19 times, with Blake Gailen whiffing four times in four appearances. Shane Peterson had the lone hit and run driven in, knocking in Jake Peter who had walked in his pinch hit appearance.

Mitchell White struggled again in his second start with Oklahoma City. White allowed five runs in 5.1 innings, striking out eight but surrendering two home runs. Stetson Allie struck out a pair in a perfect ninth inning.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers scored two runs in the eighth and six runs in the ninth to rally to beat the Springfield Cardinals 9-7. Gavin Lux, DJ Peters, Zach McKinstry, Carlos Rincon, and Angelo Mora each homered in either the eighth or ninth inning to power the onslaught. Rincon’s home run was his first since his Double A call up.

Ben Holmes allowed four runs over five innings, striking out six in taking the no decision. Chris Nunn pitched the final two outs of the eighth to earn the win, while Shea Spitzbarth had a clean ninth inning to notch the save.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes were rained out Wednesday, and will play a doubleheader on Thursday.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons rode a five run third inning to overpower the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) 9-6. Niko Hulsizer hit his eleventh home run of the season to drive in a pair in that big third inning. Dillon Paulson and Miguel Vargas each contributed three hits in the win. Vargas had his fifth multi-hit game in a row and is hitting .500 over his last ten games.

John Rooney’s second start with Great Lakes was a little rough. Rooney allowed three runs over four innings, walking three but striking out four. Justin Hagenman picked up the win in relief, allowing just one run over 2.2 innings. Brett de Geus pitched the final two outs for the save.

Transactions

Double-A: Tulsa placed RHP Layne Somsen on the injured list.

Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga activated SS Deacon Liput while placing 2B Brandon Montgomery on the injured list.

Wednesday scores

New Orleans 9, Oklahoma City 1

Tulsa 9, Springfield 7

Great Lakes 9, Lansing 6

Thursday schedule

4:05 p.m.: Great Lakes (Stephen Kolek) at Lansing (Fitz Stadler)

5:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Josiah Gray) vs. Visalia (TBD) game one

Rancho Cucamonga (TBD) vs. Visalia (TBD) game two

5:00 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Dennis Santana) at New Orleans (Mike Kickham)

7:05 p.m.: Tulsa (J.D. Martin) vs. Northwest Arkansas (Conner Greene)