Trevor Oaks – Path to MLB Debut in KC

Trevor Oaks – Path to MLB Debut in KC

Trevor Oaks, his sinkerball, his pinpoint control and his piano playing skills are traveling to the Kansas City Royals organization. This transaction took place on January 5th of 2018. The Dodgers traded Oaks for a big leaguer, in LHP Scott Alexander, and the Royals nabbed a future starting hurler for their rotation with Trevor. A pitchers’ mindset is always important, with that stated, we asked the tall right-hander from Riverside about his thoughts on this move.

When the trade first happened, I had a lot of mixed feelings. I loved playing for the Dodgers and felt like it was a dream come true playing for a hometown team. But at the same time, I was really excited for the new opportunity and a fresh start. It will be a new staff and group of teammates, and I’m looking forward to building new relationships. The Royals have had a lot of success in the past and I’m hoping I can help out the club this next season in Kansas City.”

The humble hurler had an extremely successful and eventful 2016, in which he rose to Triple-A from A-Ball and compiled a 14 – 3 record. The statistical numbers for Oaks in 2017 were not bad, but it was not an easy road to travel for Trevor. He dealt with inconsistencies in his command at times, and his season was cut short with an oblique injury in August.

“2017 was difficult! I felt like it was a battle the whole year, trying to find my best stuff, struggling with injuries… but despite all the difficulties, I was surrounded by really good people who helped me in so many ways. When you’re not playing well, sometimes you want to close your ears and do it your own way. But I definitely kept mine open and learned a lot about ways that I can continue  to compete as well as being a good teammate, when things aren’t really going your way.”                                                                  

 The Royals did not just pick up a prospect for the future in this deal. The Royals acquired a piece of their pitching rotation for years to come with the Oaks deal. Also noted, the significant value Oaks can provide for the Royals, in this article. Knowing all of the possibilities upcoming, do you feel more excited for this spring training?

“It’s hard to differentiate between this year and last year. Last year was my very first experience in a big-league environment! It’s tough to beat that, but this year’s spring training is definitely going to be a close second, just because it’s like your first day of school! New friends, new coaches, new everything!”

Growing up in Riverside, having the Dodgers as one of your local baseball teams, is it bittersweet to be traded away from Los Angeles?

“It’s bittersweet because of the people. You build relationships with coaches and teammates, and it’s hard to leave. But I can play anywhere! I loved the Midwest when I played with the Loons, and I’m really excited that I get the chance to head back there! Plus, I hear Kansas City has some of the best BBQ in the world! Can’t wait to try it!”               

 Fresh start, new opportunities and a lot of excitement for the Cal Baptist Alum, have you considered how much closer you are to your big-league debut?

“A lot has happened this offseason that can definitely get me to where I want to be, but there are no guarantees. I want to earn the spot, and if the Royals think I’m the best man for the job, I’m going to do it the best that I can. Nothing’s been handed to me, so I have to go out there and get better every day and find a way to be a successful pitcher in the big leagues.”

The fact is, the Dodgers have a lot of depth at starting pitching. This was a contributing factor to the trade of the popular, piano playing, prospect from Woodcrest Christian High. It had been rumored that the Royals had wanted Trevor Oaks for some time before this trade occurred. They got their man, and the possibility that Oaks can become a mid-level rotation starter within the year is not out of reach. For those who have watched Trevor Oaks pitch, this statement is not an exaggeration, everything he throws is nasty! Everything has movement! The Royals have quietly mined a gem for their staff. Dodger fans will miss Trevor Oaks, and his relentless attack on the strike zone, his ground ball double-plays, and his winning personality. Best of luck to Trevor Oaks in Kansas City!

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Trevor Oaks began 2016 with Class A Rancho Photo Courtesy of Jerry Espinoza

 

Dodgers Add RHP – Dylan Baker

Dodgers Add RHP – Dylan Baker

 

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Dylan Baker Pitching in College.   Photo Credit Western Nevada CC

     The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a deal today to receive RHP Dylan Baker from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for cash or the infamous player to be named later.

Weighted Baseballs

     One certainly does not need the weatherman to know, it rains a lot in and around the capitol city of Alaska. The average rainfall yearly in Juneau is over 62 inches. In comparison, Los Angeles gets just under 19 inches annually. Such a climate can force some to stay indoors, while others put on an extra layer under, and over and proceed with zero caution. With all that precipitation, there are likely many soaked baseballs.

       The Dodgers latest acquisition, Dylan Baker is a product of this rainy environment. When asked about growing up in Alaska, and trying to play baseball, Dylan had this to say.  “You get use to after a while but it definitely makes the game harder. Everybody just wants to play so it’s really rare to have a rain out up here. Didn’t even matter if we couldn’t see home plate, we played, and it was fun. It looked a lot like the scene from The Longest Yard, when their field got flooded.”  

Baker, who was born in Roseburg Oregon, moved to Alaska after his 4th birthday and grew up in amongst the glaciers, mountains and wildlife that make Juneau unique.

Happy New Year!

The newly acquired Dodger had this to say, in an interview this morning, “I am so excited to join an incredible organization! I love the west coast so that makes it even better.” 

A new year, a new start for Dylan, who is now with his third organization in the last few months. He has been plagued with injuries thus far in his minor league career after being drafted by Cleveland in the 5th round of the 2012 draft.

Sunny Forecast

The Dodgers have just added more depth to their organization with Baker, he has the potential to help, from out of the bullpen, as early as this season. First question on the mind of many, may be, “Is he healthy now?” To which Dylan commented, “My arm is feeling great. My injuries are all in the past now and I’m ready for this year and more.” 

 

 

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Dylan Baker Hurling for the Captains in the Indians Organization       Photo Credit Cleveland

 

 

The Dodgers Front Office has once again invested very little, on a pitcher with tremendous upside. He throws his fastball in the mid to upper 90’s with movement. At times, reports can be embellished a tad bit. When asked for confirmation, Baker retorted, “The reports are true, I sit around 95-99.” 

 

 

 

Tim Locastro – Intensity Personified

Tim Locastro – Intensity Personified

The Will To Win

Branch Rickey uttered one of the most famous sayings about baseball when he stated, “Baseball is a game of inches.” If this is true, then one cannot measure such qualities as heart, hustle, and extra effort. These ingredients can make it difficult to defend against as an opposing team. The scouting report may indicate one game plan. That can be executed to a tee, but the end result: Tim Locastro head first dives safely into first base on an infield single to win the game for the Drillers in extra innings. Not many other players in the Texas League would have been safe on that play.

Just glancing at the Tulsa Drillers stat page every now and again will not tell you the whole story on Tim Locastro. The Bomber Alum is tied for 4th in Runs Scored in the Texas League with 33. He has been an outstanding leadoff hitter for the Drillers, Locastro is 10th in the league with 53 hits. He is in the top 10 in 2B’s (Tied 5th with 12), 3B’s (Tied 3rd with 3), and SB’s (Tied 6th with 7). Of course, if you know Tim Locastro at all, he will do whatever it takes to win, he has been HBP 9 times already this season. He is on pace to “take one for the team” roughly 22 times.

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Look of Determination T. Locastro Photo Credit The Truth Photography

Everyday Timmy

In addition to providing as a stellar and steady leadoff hitter, Locastro has served many roles in the field as well. Recently, I asked him about how tough it is for him to play short stop, second base and center field. “It hasn’t been that difficult, I have gotten to the point where my role is to be able to play a bunch of different positions. I am ready to play everyday, where ever I am needed.” The Dodgers Front Office have placed a large value upon utility and players being able to have multiple roles within the team, with this in mind, Tim Locastro fits that mold. How many gloves does a player like that need to carry at a time. “I have 4 total gloves that are ready to go. I have my infield glove, my outfield glove, a back up infield glove. Then I have a first base glove if I’m needed at first. Always gotta be prepared!” With that sentiment in mind, would you be willing to put on the catcher’s gear or get on the pitcher’s mound? “I would definitely give both catching and pitching a try if I was needed there. I think with some practice I could find a way to catch, although it might not be pretty. The same goes for pitching; I wouldn’t throw hard, but I’d try some funky wind ups to try to mess with the hitter to get them out.” Anything to be on that field, helping his team to victory.

Never Satisfied

Tim Locastro is playing excellent baseball for the Dodgers Double AA affiliate. For those who may wonder about the mindset of this young man, look no further than his response to this query: Are you playing at the level you expect out of yourself? “I’m never satisfied with my level of play, always looking to get better and do better. I feel like I should hit a thousand and never get out, but baseballs a tough game and it’s a game of adjustments. Hopefully we can start winning more games here in the coming weeks and we can get hot as a team and make a playoff push for the first half.” He is a terminator when it comes to beating the other team, relentless. Great news for the Drillers now and the Dodgers in the future!

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Tim Locastro on the bases Photo Credit The Truth Photography

Season Stats

 G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB
 49  186  33  53  12  3  1 11  74
 HBP BB SO SB CS  OBP  AVG SLG OPS
 9  12  29  7  3  .356 .285  .398  .754

Stats vs Lefties

 AB R H 2B 3B/HR RBI BB SO AVG
 23  11  11  3  0  5  1  3  .478

Home Field Stats

 AB  R  H  2B  3B/HR  RBI  BB  SO  AVG
 88  16  29  3  3 / 1  7  8  10  .330

Hitting with No Outs

 AB  R  H  2B  3B/HR  RBI  BB  SO  AVG
 87  7  31  5  2 / 0  2  7  10  .356

Day Game Stats

 AB  R  H  2B  3B/HR  RBI  BB  SO  AVG
 53  10  22  6  1 / 0  3  5  8  .415
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Tim Locastro Jedi Leadoff Batter Photo Credit Jeremy Davis
Shea Spitzbarth

Shea Spitzbarth

Spitzbarth Dominates California League, Earns Promotion

Shea Spitzbarth really impressive spring carried over into the first part of the season in Rancho. That led to his promotion to AA yesterday. The right handed closer from Staten Island was as near to untouchable as a closer in the minor leagues can be. He converted all six of his save opportunities for the Quakes, along with striking out 27 California League batters in 15.2 innings. In those innings, Spitzbarth surrendered just 9 hits and walked 5 batters. Only one runner scored versus the red headed, righty reliever while in Rancho Cucamonga. In Visalia (5/12/17), the former Molloy Lion struck out the side on 12 pitches in domineering fashion. The Rawhide batters were behind on his fastball, which in comparison to the curve, must have appeared 10 MPH faster. His promotion to Tulsa became official yesterday, and escalated quickly. He was pressed into action immediately for two shutout innings against Springfield. Spitzbarth has pitched all season in single A, as pitcher who did not belong there. Showing he was ready to move up. Congratulations to Shea Spitzbarth!

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Shea Spitzbarth at ST 2017 Photo Courtesy of Bayleigh Katharyne

A Closer’s Mentality

To finish another team off in the 9th inning takes a certain personality, a mix of intensity, confidence and nasty stuff. Chatting with Shea regarding his curveball, he stated; “I think I’m one of those kids who started throwing it when you weren’t supposed to start in little league.”  Full Interview with Spitzbarth  Shea has the right DNA needed for the job. His role for the Drillers is undefined. The Dodgers AA affiliate have been a “closer by committee” bullpen this season. Whatever his role, however long his chance to pitch, you can be sure he will be locked in, focused and dropping hammers (curveballs, in baseball jargon) on Texas League batters while he has his occasion.

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Shea Spitzbarth Bullpen in Lancaster Photo by S. Douglas

Stats are listed below for the recent college graduate. This season is young and he has only pitched in 12 games (1 in Tulsa 11 in Rancho) thus far. His career stats include a 2.22 ERA in 77 innings worked. He has 116 strike outs in those innings and has converted a perfect 15 of 15 save opportunities. Spitzbarth has been stingy in his career, allowing opposing hitters a .194 batting average against him. His career WHIP is an astonishingly low 0.91. Keep in mind, he has pitched 13 games (7 in ’15, 6 in ’16) for the Ogden Raptors of the hitter friendly Pioneer League in Rookie ball. These are impressive numbers for a potential future closer. Looking forward to seeing Shea rise through the system and into Los Angeles in the near future!

Pitching Stats 2017 Rancho

W L ERA G SV IP H R ER BB  K
1 0 0.57 11 6 15.2 9 1 1 5  27

Pitching Stats 2017 Tulsa

W L ERA G SV IP H R ER BB  K
0 0 0.00 1 0 2.0 2 0 0 0  1

Career MILB Pitching Stats

W L ERA G SV IP H R ER BB  K
3 4 2.22 51 15 77.0 54 20 19 31  116

 

Quakes Win, Chris Powell Steals the Show

Quakes Win, Chris Powell Steals the Show

Rehab for the Stars

Adrian Gonzalez and Logan Forsythe were tuning up to return to Los Angeles, and fans flocked to see them up close in Rancho Cucamonga. Neither player was a significant factor in the outcome of the game. Most importantly, both players were healthy after the game. Gonzalez went 0 – 2 with 2 walks, while Forsythe went 0 – 4 with 2 strike outs. Getting the rust out, getting timing back. Adrian Gonzalez talked about how he felt after game. He assured reporters that he felt good in the press conference after the Quakes victory. Logan Forsythe  began his initial rehab assignment last week, but after tweaking his hamstring, he re-started the journey in Rancho tonight. Pre Game BP

Yadier Alvarez vs Joey Lucchesi

Yadier Alvarez did not have his best stuff tonight, evidenced by his 4 free passes to opposing hitters. He did battle through and limit the scoring damage to just two runs. Alvarez, with his free and easy motion,  sometimes does not locate his pitches down in the zone. That is when trouble can arise for most pitchers, Alvarez is no exception. In the 2nd inning, Alvarez walked the leadoff batter. He then allowed an infield single off of Adrian Gonzalez’s glove. Carlos Belen drove a double over Yusniel Diaz’s head in centerfield to plate two runs. He reached his apparent pitch limit (74) by the 4th inning when Manager Drew Saylor went to his bullpen.

Garrett Kennedy Comes Up Clutch

Storm starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi worked at a methodical pace in his four innings of work. His “human rain delay” tendencies stem from his painfully slow start to his delivery  in which he places his hands high above his head and slowly comes down. Slowly. Real Slow. It is no surprise when one reads that a critical error occurred behind Lucchesi. This is the result of putting your defense to sleep, reaction times on routine plays are diminished. A tailor made double pay ball was completely whiffed on by Storm 2B Peter Van Gansen , and the Quakes tied the ball game. The game remained tied until Catcher Garrett Kennedy turned on a fastball and sent it over the right center field wall. Kennedy’s first home run of the season. Chat with Garrett Kennedy

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Garrett Kennedy at ST Photo Credit Tomo San

That made the score 3 – 2 Quakes. They would later tack on one more when Storm pitcher Thomas Dorminy threw away a pick off attempt to first base, allowing Luke Raley to score.

Dominant Relief Work

Chris Powell came in to work with two out in the top of the 4th inning. He was “lights out” in his last performance in Visalia on Friday night. He was equally impressive at Rancho as he began his night by striking out Auston Bousfield looking, to end the inning. The Bronco alum calmed the Storm of Lake Elsinore in the 5th, setting them down in order. Powell came out firing to start the 6th inning when he was greeted with a stellar bunt by Miguel Del Castro. The Quakes right handed hurler pounced on the bunt that seemed to be perfectly placed down the third base line. He made the play close with an absolute bullet of a throw to Adrian Gonzalez at 1B. The play was called safe. A questionable call, but no question as to the fielding abilities of the son of former Dodger reliever Dennis Powell. Chris did not waver, he struck out the next batter Javier Guerra and then induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Manager Drew Saylor sent his reliever back out to work the 7th and Powell worked another 1, 2, 3 inning. Chris Powell, who recently returned to Rancho after his promotion to Tulsa, has taken his game to a next level. To further illustrate his dominance tonight, Powell needed only 28 (21 strikes)pitches to get his 10 outs. By comparison, the Storm starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi needed 86 pitches to record his 12 outs. Lake Elsinore’s only hit off Powell was a bunt single that many believe was a blown call by the base umpire. Interview from last Friday with Chris.

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Chris Powell in’16 Photo Credit Jerry Espinoza

Tony Gonsolin worked an effective two innings of relief to earn his first save as a member of the Quakes. Tony had one save for the Loons at Midland earlier this season. Tony worked around a couple of walks to retire the Storm without any serious threats from the offense. Gonsolin shut the door on another home victory for the Quakes. Rancho’s overall record moves to 22 – 17. First place in the California League’s South Division.

Quakes Win    4  –  2

Stats and Game Recap

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Will Smith 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .268
Logan Forsythe DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .111
Adrian Gonzalez 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
    Ibandel Isabel 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252
DJ Peters LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .282
Yusniel Diaz CF 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 .235
Omar Estevez SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .224
Luke Raley RF 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 .313
Garrett Kennedy C 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .259
Brandon Montgomery 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200
Totals 29 4 4 1 0 1 2 7 10 .252
BATTING
2B: Raley (3, Dorminy).
HR: Kennedy (1, 4th inning off Lucchesi, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Kennedy 4; Diaz; Peters; Raley 2.
RBI: Kennedy 2 (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Smith, W 2; Estevez 2; Forsythe 2.
Team RISP: 0-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Diaz (2, 2nd base off Dorminy/Del Castillo, M).

FIELDING
DP: (Estevez-Smith, W-Gonzalez, A).

 

Quakes Pitching Line

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yadier Alvarez 3.2 3 2 2 4 4 0 5.82
Chris Powell (W, 2-0) 3.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 4.34
Tony Gonsolin (S, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 2 4 0 7.53
Totals 9.0 5 2 2 6 11 0 3.59

Carlos Rincon – Prospect Preview

Carlos Rincon – Prospect Preview

Loons OF Slugger

Manager Jeremy Rodriguez has been raving about his Dominican born outfielder since the skipper arrived to Camelback Ranch for spring training. ST Chat with Manager Jeremy Rodriguez. When asked about the players that impressed him the most, the skipper gave Carlos Rincon and Keibert Ruiz (the young catcher with the Loons) as his first answers. Before the spring of 2017, the number of Dodgers fans who were aware of Rincon could be measured with a microscope. After an excellent spring and start of the season, more and more fans are hearing of his exploits. Carlos Rincon has 8 HR’s and 20 RBI’s while hitting .299 so far in 2017 (As of 5/10/17) for the Great Lakes Loons.

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Carlos Rincon at ST ’17      Photo Credit Tomo San

Hot Start, Consistent Since

It has been cold in the Midwest League to start the 2017 season, as it is every season. Carlos Rincon is making it look as though he enjoys playing in the cold. He is off and running in the early part of the campaign. Especially on his 8th HR, an inside the park variety round tripper. Highly Ranked in the Dodgers organization, he is #24 overall prospect in the system. We conducted the rare interview with the slugger and his Manager, acting as the translator. In the midst of our conversation, Jeremy Rodriguez said this about Rincon; “He is a different animal. He has lots of abilities, lots of big league abilities. He brings excitement to everything he does, whether on the field, or even in the clubhouse.” Strong praise from the Manager of the Great Lakes Loons.

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Carlos Rincon – Swinging It     Photo Credit Loons

Interview with Carlos Rincon

1.  Who introduced you to the game of baseball, and who taught you how to play?

Answer: ” I saw other kids playing and it was something I just picked up. I was self taught, until the age of 14 when I went to the baseball academy. Then I had a hitting coach.”

2. Who was your favorite player growing up?

Answer:  “Jose Bautista” He answered quickly.

3. How tough is the transition (or adjustment) to the Midwest League?

Answer: “Weather, the weather has been tough. It has been cold here.” He said with a chuckle. Then changed his tone for the next part of his answer. The pitchers have more of a game plan in this league. They change speeds more often and at any time in the count. Also the umpires are much more consistent in the Midwest League.” 

4. On May 3rd you had a walk off 2 run HR against Burlington; Take us through the at-bat and what went through your mind as you rounded the bases?

Answer: “I was just trying to get a good pitch and drive something in the gap. There was a runner on, so I was just trying to drive him home. I was full of excitement as I rounded the bases. It was the first walk off home run I can remember hitting.”

5. I advised him to be careful with this question; What is it like to play for Manager Jeremy Rodriguez?

Answer: “He gives me a lot of confidence. I know I have to be ready to play everyday because he expects that of me and of everyone on the team.”

Carlos Rincon has Dodger fans full of confidence for the future. To listen to his Manager’s assessment of his young talent, and to see him play, there is no wonder he has moved up in the rankings (Top 30 Dodgers prospects) from last season to this season. A right handed, power hitting multi-tool player, waiting and developing in the low class A level is exciting. He will need to spend time, refining his craft and becoming the star so many believe he will be. So we will be patient, and wait for his arrival to the Dodgers, if he hits left handed pitching as well as his idol does, he will be worth the wait. Until that time, the Midwest League will be a bit more exciting with Carlos Rincon it in. Fans in Midland, consider your time with Rincon as a gift, he could be in Rancho Cucamonga (High Class A) before you know it!

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Carlos Rincon – Hot Hitter, Even in the Cold   Photo Credit MILB

Rincon Hitting Stats 2017 *5/10

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB  BB
 26   97   14  29   3   1   8   20   58   9
  SO   SB  AVG  OBP   SLG   IBB
   42     4  .299   .364   .598     0

Career Hitting Stats

AVG AB   R   H   2B  3B   HR  RBI   SB  SLG
 .322  273   46   88   14    6    21    69   12  .648

 

Drillers Win 9 – 3

Drillers Win 9 – 3

Crazy 8’s

In an inning that saw the Drillers only collect two hits, they had their best run producing frame of the young season. The Cardinals defensive did help, they committed three errors in the 8th inning alone. There was also a wild pitch and 4 walks that set the boys from Tulsa up for the large offensive outburst.

The Drillers came to the plate in the bottom of the 8th inning trailing the Redbirds 3 – 1. Former Boston Red Sox set up man, Daniel Bard came in throwing side arm gas up to 94 MPH. He retired the first man he faced, pinch hitter Wynston Sawyer, on a ground ball to the hole between third base and short stop. The pesky Tim Locastro worked a walk with one out to get it all started for Tulsa. After a failed bunt attempt by Tyler Holt, the Cardinals catcher threw a strike right back to his pitcher, Daniel Bard. Only problem, Bard was not looking. He took a fastball off the top of the head and was visibly shaken. He continued to pitch, but he was not right. His balance was gone and his vision for the strike zone seemed blurred. He walked Holt and Farmer in consecutive at bats. He was not even close to the strike zone. Springfield replaced Bard with RHP Blake McKnight to face the hot hitting Edwin Rios.

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Tulsa Drillers Logo

 

Mr. Clutch

Edwin Rios came into today’s game tied for the Texas League lead in runs batted in with 26. The left handed hitting 3B has been among the team leaders in runs, home runs, batting average and RBI’s thus far in the 2017 campaign. The exact hitter Manager Ryan Garko and fans of the Drillers would want stepping to the plate in the bases loaded situation.

Edwin Rios got one of the few hits in the 8th inning, but he made it count. Although only credited with the one RBI, (E-9) two runs did score on the bases loaded line drive single to right field. After another walk (K. Garlick) and then two more errors. Johan Mieses grounds out. Then Wyston Sawyer comes to the plate once again in the inning. He entered in the 8th as a pinch hitter. He made his second chance count, Sawyer launched a 3-run HR to the opposite field, over the 4 foot high wall in right field. This blast made the score 9 – 3 and pretty much finished the Cardinals for today.

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Edwin Rios at ST ’17       Photo by S. Douglas

Pitching Performance

Great job by starter Colt Hynes and by the bullpen today. Colt went 4 innings and allowed just the 2 runs. Hynes was followed by Chris Powell, son of former Dodgers pitcher Dennis Powell. He pitched two solid relief innings, but did surrender one run. Corey Copping came in to pitch the 7th and 8th innings and was in command and dominated the Springfield batters. The 8th inning could not have looked any different from the top to the bottom halves. Copping threw strikes, stayed ahead of the batters and finished them off in a timely fashion. As opposed to the Cardinals, and the fiasco that was the bottom half of inning 8 to follow; complete with walks and defensive blunders. Copping earned the victory for the team. He looked sharp and confident. Great sign for the Drillers and the entire Dodgers family! Karch Kowalczyk finished the game up for the Drillers with a perfect 9th to end a strong team performance.

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Corey Copping in 2016     Photo Credit Tomo San

Today’s Pitching Line

Tulsa Drillers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Colt Hynes 4.0 4 2 2 2 4 1 4.13
Chris Powell 2.0 1 1 1 1 4 0 1.50
Corey Copping (W, 2-1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 2.81
Karch Kowalczyk 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.65
Totals 9.0 6 3 3 3 13 1 3.70

 

Tulsa Drillers
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tim Locastro SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .263
Matt Beaty 1B 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .238
    Corey Copping P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    a- Tyler Holt PH-LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .227
Kyle Farmer C 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
Edwin Rios 3B 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .361
Kyle Garlick RF 3 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 .255
Jose Miguel Fernandez 2B 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .263
Jacob Scavuzzo LF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .175
    Karch Kowalczyk P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Johan Mieses CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .068
Colt Hynes P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
    Chris Powell P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
    Wynston Sawyer 1B 2 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .295
Totals 31 9 6 2 0 2 6 5 5 .248
a-Batted for Copping in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Rios (10, Hudson); Beaty (3, Hudson).
HR: Garlick (8, 7th inning off Hawkins, 0 on, 0 out); Sawyer, W (3, 8th inning off McKnight, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Beaty 2; Rios 3; Sawyer, W 4; Garlick 5.
RBI: Garlick (19); Rios (27); Fernandez (10); Sawyer, W 3 (8).
2-out RBI: Sawyer, W 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Scavuzzo; Fernandez; Rios.
SF: Fernandez.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 4.

 

Final Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Springfield
(15-14)
0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 6 3
Tulsa
(14-16)
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 X 9 6 0

Tomorrow (Tuesday 5/9) Starting Pitcher’s:  Matt Pierce ( 1 – 2  3.64 ERA) vs. Andrew Sopko ( 0 – 2  4.91 ERA) at Oneok Field.