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Tulsa wins 6-4 in ten innings

Leo Crawford and Connor Wong star in Drillers victory

Leo Crawford
Leo Crawford
Rich Crimi ~ Tulsa Drillers

August closed with wins for Tulsa and Great Lakes. Oklahoma City, Rancho Cucamonga and Ogden all lost.

While things could change, it sounds like recalls or other possible promotions from the minor league system to the major league Dodgers will not happen until after the minor league regular season is over tomorrow.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers were shutout 3-0 by the Baby Cakes (Marlins) on Saturday night. The Dodgers were held to four hits as three Baby Cakes pitchers were able to combine to give up no runs to the Dodgers.

Mitchell White started and his final 2019 game pitched, he pitched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Rob Zastryzny took the loss as he gave up all three runs and six hits in three innings pitched.

Three other Dodger pitchers Tyler Thornburg, Josh Sborz and Kevin Quackenbush, each pitched one scoreless inning apiece.

Gavin Lux had two of the four hits for the Dodgers.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers moved closer to clinching the second half division title with a 6-4 win in ten innings over the Hooks (Astros). Carlos Rincon hit a two-run homer in the top of the tenth and then Shea Spitzbarth and Nolan Long held off the Hooks in the bottom of the inning to win the game.

Leo Crawford started and pitched 5⅓ innings and gave up two runs and four hits. Since his promotion to Tulsa, Crawford has started five of the six games he has pitched as a Driller.

Crawford has pitched 30⅓ innings and allowed nine runs (eight earned) and 31 hits. Crawford has 28 strikeouts and seven walks.

Drew Avans and Connor Wong each had three hits. Wong hit his ninth home run and also doubled.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes lost their second straight to the 66ers (Angels) on Saturday as they lost 5-1. Austin Hamilton was the losing pitcher, he gave up all five runs in 3⅔ innings pitched.

One highlight pitching performance was the continued strong relief work from Darien Nunez. Nunez, who started his season at Ogden, has pitched in 19 games for Rancho Cucamonga.

Nunez has pitched 25⅔ total innings and he has allowed five runs and 17 hits. Nunez has 43 strikeouts and 10 walks.

The Quakes went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position with Brandon Montgomery producing the team’s one extra-base hit, a double.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons got a season-high six scoreless innings from Zach Willeman in their 6-0 win over the Captains (Indians). The Loons and Captains will play each other in the first round of the playoffs that begin next Wednesday so this series is a preamble to that event.

Willeman allowed one hit and walked four. He also had one strikeout. The Loons got a three-inning save by Edward Cuello.

Brandon Lewis hit his first home run in the Midwest League, the Dodgers 2019 fourth round pick, now has hit a total of 13 home runs in his first professional season.

Advanced Rookie Ogden

The Raptors found themselves on the wrong end of an 18-5 loss to the Owlz (Angels) at Orem. Orem scored nine runs in the second and two more in the third to give the Owlz a comfortable 11-2 lead.

And then the Owlz added four runs in the sixth and then three more in the eighth to finish their scoring.

Andy Pages continued to be one of the Raptors best players this season. Pages hit his 16th home run and now has 37 extra base hits for the Raptors. The 18-year old is hitting .290/.397/.621 in over 240 plate appearances.


  • Oklahoma City placed right-handed pitcher J.D. Martin on the 7-day injured list
  • Oklahoma City activated left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny from the 7-day injured list
  • Right-handed pitcher Sven Schueller assigned to Tulsa from Rancho Cucamonga

Saturday scores

New Orleans 3, Oklahoma City 0

Tulsa 6, Corpus Christi 4 (10)

Inland Empire 5, Rancho Cucamonga 1

Great Lakes 6, Lake County 0

Orem 18, Ogden 5

Sunday schedule

12:05 pm PT: Oklahoma City (Logan Bawcom) vs. New Orleans (Nick Neidert)

12:15 pm: Tulsa (Markus Solbach) at Corpus Christi (Brandon Bailey)

2:05 pm: Rancho Cucamonga (Wills Montgomerie) vs. Inland Empire (Kyle Tyler)

3:00 pm: Great Lakes (Kevin Malisheski) at Lake County (Shane McCarthy)

3:15 pm: Ogden (Elio Serrano) at Orem (Jerryell Rivera)