On Thursday, The Tulsa Drillers announced that from August 12-15 they will rebrand and become the Tulsa Noodlers. For those like me who had no idea what the heck ‘Noodlers’ means, here’s an explanation.
This will pay homage to a time-honored Oklahoma tradition, noodling. Yes, noodling. It is defined in the dictionary as “To catch or try to catch a fish, usually a catfish, by hand, characteristically by allowing the fish to bite one’s hand or placing one’s hand in the fish’s mouth, and then grabbing the fish by the mouth or through the gillson.” The dangerous sport of noodling is only legal in 16 of the 50 states and many consider Oklahoma to be the noodling capital of the world.
According to the Drillers, the Noodlers will wear a dark royal & lime green hat with a custom #BiteBack Catfish logo, dark royal with lime green piping jerseys with a Noodlers script font and lime green pants.
What are your thoughts on these uniforms?
Player of the day
If it seems like Keibert Ruiz gets this honor a lot, well... it’s because he does. He had four hits for OKC yesterday. One of those was his 12th home run of the season. He now has 12 home runs in 37 games in Triple-A this season. His previous high for a season was 12 home runs, which he did back in 2018 with Tulsa... in 101 games.
Friendly reminder he’s the youngest catching prospect currently in Triple-A.
12th homer of the season for Keibert Ruiz who now has an OPS of 1.014 for OKC in 37 games pic.twitter.com/COXk9pS8v5— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) July 9, 2021
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The OKC offense showed up... the pitching, did not. They lost to the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres) 15-8. Keibert Ruiz had himself a day. He recorded four hits and drove in two runs. Ruiz hit his 12th home run of the season, which leads OKC and is one of the top numbers among all minor-league catchers. Zack Reks had three hits and drove in three runs, hitting his eighth homer of the season.
Onto the pitching. Yeah, it was rough. Mike Kickham allowed seven runs in 1 2⁄3 innings of action. It didn’t really go well for any of the other pitchers either. Just look at the season ERA’s for the arms who pitched yesterday. Not ideal.
After coming from behind in the ninth inning to tie the game, the Drillers fell to the Springfield Cardinals (STL Cardinals) in the 10th inning, losing 10-9. Michael Busch reached on a fielders choice in the ninth, tying the game at eight. Ryan Noda singled in a run in the 10th, putting the Drillers ahead by a run. After an out in the bottom of the inning, Nick Plummer hit a walk-off homer for the Cardinals, giving them the one-run win.
After posting an ERA of 1.54 through the first two months of the season, Nick Robertson struggled yet again. He’s allowed six runs in only 2 2⁄3 innings in July, raising his ERA on the season to 3.46.
Devin Mann had three hits and drove in three runs. Romer Cuadrado had two hits and drove in two runs.
High-A Great Lakes
This was an exciting back-and-forth game, but the Lansing Lugnuts (Athletics) scored five runs in the 12th inning to take down the Loons, 8-3. The Loons had their chances all night, but were only able to score three runs on six hits. For the game, they were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 runners on base.
Brandon Lewis had himself a day, as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI. He hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, which sent the game to extras. Splitting time between Rancho and Great Lakes this season, Lewis continues to hit. He now has 14 home runs and 47 RBI on the season.
Low-A Rancho Cucamonga
The offense was alive and well for the Quakes, as they took down the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) 11-4. For the game, RC had 14 hits and six different players drove in a run.
The top player from the game was Jonny Deluca, who recorded three hits and drove in four runs. He hit two home runs, giving him 11 on the season to go with 30 RBI. Deluca also currently has an OPS of .930, one of the best on the team. The 22-year-old outfielder was a 25th round pick by the Dodgers in the 2019 draft.
Gavin Stone started for Rancho and went four innings. He struck out seven, tying a season-high. In 42 1⁄3 innings this season, Stone has 58 strikeouts. Since the beginning of June, Stone has posted an ERA of 3.00.
- Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of LHP Darien Nunez from Oklahoma City Dodgers
- Los Angeles Dodgers optioned RHP Mitch White to Oklahoma City Dodgers
- RHP Neftali Feliz assigned to Oklahoma City Dodgers
- Oklahoma City Dodgers activated SS Elliot Soto from the 7-day injured list
- Tulsa Drillers sent 3B Kody Hoese on a rehab assignment to ACL Dodgers
- El Paso 15 | Oklahoma City 8
- Springfield 10 | Tulsa 9
- Lansing 8 | Great Lakes 3
- Rancho Cucamonga 11 | Lake Elsinore 4
3:05 p.m. PT: Lansing (TBA) at Great Lakes (TBA) — GAME 1
TBA: Lansing (TBA) at Great Lakes (TBA) — GAME 2
5:05 p.m. PT: Tulsa (Michael Grove) at Springfield (Kevin McGovern)
6:05 p.m. PT: Oklahoma City (Yefry Ramirez) at El Paso (TBA)
6:30 p.m. PT: Lake Elsinore (TBA) at Rancho Cucamonga (TBA)