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Friday Pebble Report: Cristhian Adames' walk-off helps Drillers even playoff series

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Tyler Anderson pitched seven strong innings and Cristhian Adames had a pair of key hits as Tulsa tied its best-of-five series with Arkansas at a game each. Also, Grand Junction won its final game of the season.

Cristhian Adames, pictured here with Modesto, had three hits including a walk-off single in Tulsa's playoff win over Arkansas.
Cristhian Adames, pictured here with Modesto, had three hits including a walk-off single in Tulsa's playoff win over Arkansas.
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AA - Tulsa Drillers 4, Arkansas Travelers 3 (10 innings)

After an epic pitchers' duel that turned into a back-and-forth affair, Tulsa found a hero in third baseman Cristhian Adames (No. 16 PuRP), who was 3-for-4 on the day including a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth that scored catcher Chris O'Dowd and leveled the Drillers' playoff series at a game apiece.

Having dropped the first game of their Texas League semifinal to Arkansas, the Drillers turned to lefty Tyler Anderson (No. 11 PuRP) on the mound to level the series, and Anderson answered the call. After giving up a single to open the game, Anderson did not allow another hit until there were two outs in the seventh, when Arkansas first baseman Brian Gonzalez homered to put the Travelers on the board. Anderson pitched seven innings in all, allowing the lone run on two hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

However, Hernandez's long ball not only put Arkansas on the board, it gave the Travelers a 1-0 lead as Arkansas starter Orangel Arenas had not allowed a hit to that point. Arenas' no-hitter was broken up in the bottom of the seventh by Adames, who answered the Hernadez homer with one of his own, tying the game at one.

Later in the inning, after first baseman Ryan Casteel (No.15 PuRP) was hit by a pitch and left fielder Brian Humphries doubled, shortstop Trevor Story (No. 4 PuRP) singled against Arkansas reliever Buddy Boshers, scoring both runs and giving the Drillers a 3-1 lead.

Drillers reliever Cole White gave up a two-run home run to Arkansas second baseman Alex Yarbrough in the top of the ninth, sending the game to extra innings where Adames provided the game winner for Tulsa.

Rookie - Grand Junction Rockies 6, Orem Owlz 5

Second baseman Forrest Wall (No. 12 PuRP) drove home center fielder Omar Carrizales with a triple in the top of the eighth to close out Grand Junction's season with a 6-5 win. The Rockies finished 43-33 in 2014, which was the best record in the Pioneer League, but did not win their division in either half of the season and will not be participating in the playoffs.