Edward Olivares came through for Amarillo in a big way on Tuesday night.
The Padres’ No. 17 prospect delivered a go-ahead three-run double in the eighth inning as the Sod Poodles pulled away for a 13-6 victory over Tulsa at Hodgetown in Game 1 of the best-of-5 Texas League Championship Series. Olivares also singled and scored twice.
Olivares reached on a fielder’s choice in the seventh and scored on Luis Torrens‘ double to give Amarillo a 6-3 lead. But Dodgers No. 28 prospect Connor Wong smashed a three-run dinger in the eighth to tie it for Tulsa.
In the bottom of the inning, Padres No. 25 prospect Buddy Reed doubled, Taylor Kohlwey reached on a fielder’s choice and Taylor Trammell — MLB.com’s No. 27 overall prospect — sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Ryan Moseley intentionally walked Ivan Castillo to load the bases and set the stage for Olivares. The midseason and postseason All-Star hit the right-hander’s first pitch to right-center field, scoring all three runners to put the Sod Poodles in front to stay.
Olivares raced home on a wild pitch, Brad Zunica hit a two-run two-run double and Padres No. 25 prospect Buddy Reed capped the seven-run outburst with an RBI single.
Reed went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs, falling a triple shy of the cycle, while Torrens also had three hits — including a pair of doubles — walked twice, drove in one run and scored another. Trammell stayed hot in the postseason with two hits, two RBIs and a run scored.
Elliot Ashbeck (1-0) picked up the win, despite allowing a run on two hits in the eighth. Evan Miller struck out one in a perfect ninth.
Dodgers No. 15 prospect Omar Estevez, Cody Thomas and Donovan Casey also went yard for the Drillers.
Game 2 is Wednesday in Amarillo.
Brian Stultz is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @brianjstultz.
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