Drillers Opening Workout

Tulsa Drillers manager Scott Hennessey was impressed with the pitching performances of Victor Gonzalez and Ryan Moseley on Friday in a 7-2 victory over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

BRETT ROJO/for the Tulsa World, file

Victor Gonzalez and Ryan Moseley were promoted this week to the Tulsa Drillers with strong credentials from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga for their Double-A debuts — and they haven’t disappointed.

On Friday night, Gonzalez and Moseley combined for 7 ⅔ strong innings to lead the Drillers past the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 7-2 before a crowd of 6,710 at ONEOK Field.

Tulsa (26-21) has won five in a row and remains 5 ½ games behind first-place Arkansas in the Texas League North Division first-half race.

Gonzalez, whose other Drillers start came Sunday, had a 1.65 ERA in eight games for Rancho Cucamonga. He was signed by the parent Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 at age 16 and was compared early in his career to former Drillers phenom Julio Urias, another left-hander from Mexico who signed with the Dodgers around the same time.

In his second Drillers start Friday, Gonzalez, with velocity in the mid-90s mph, allowed six hits and two runs in 5 ⅓ innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

“He was good again, better than his first outing,” Drillers manager Scott Hennessey said. “He was relaxed and composed on the mound. He had a three-pitch mix. His stuff was really good.”

Moseley, an eighth-round draft choice in 2016 from Texas Tech, was acquired by the Dodgers from Baltimore in 2017. This year, he had a 0.69 ERA in 17 appearances for Rancho.

Moseley picked up the victory in his Drillers debut Friday as he retired six of the seven batters he faced in 2 ⅓ shutout innings, allowing only an infield hit.

“He’s a plus-sinker, slider guy,” Hennessey said. “He has a heavy fastball — they know it’s coming, but it’s hard to hit.”

The Drillers made Moseley a winner by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie.

Angelo Mora led off the sixth with a single against starter Jace Vines (2-5) and moved to third on Cristian Santana’s run-and-hit single that was the key to the rally.

“I just felt really good that he was going to put the ball in play, so we kept running,” Hennessey said. “He fouled off a couple pitches and the strikeout never entered my mind.”

Cody Thomas then walked to load the bases. Keibert Ruiz chopped a two-run single into right field and D.J. Peters followed with a sacrifice fly for a 5-2 lead.

The Drillers scored twice in the eighth off former Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen, who issued a walk and hit two batters to load the bases. Chris Parmelee produced a sacrifice fly and Jared Walker delivered an RBI infield hit.

Northwest Arkansas (19-28) opened the scoring with Angelo Castellano’s two-run double in the third. Tulsa began its comeback with Thomas’ fourth-inning sacrifice fly that right fielder Nick Heath kept in the ballpark and Parmelee’s fifth-inning leadoff home run that tied it 2-2.

Sports Writer

Barry covers pro baseball, including the Tulsa Drillers, coordinates the World's high school sports coverage, and writes on high school football and basketball. Phone: 918-581-8393