Minor League Player of the Day – O'Koyea Dickson - 3 for 5, 2 HR's, 3 Runs, 4 RBI's. Not much more can be said about the 2011 12th round pick as he has dominated the Pioneer League and won this award quite a few times. His two homers on Sunday were definitely a big reason why the Raptors won this series, and hopefully he'll continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the Finals.
AAA – Season over
AA – Season over
HiA – The Quakes continued their late inning magic on Sunday as they defeated the Storm (Padres) 6 - 5 in 11 innings to tie the best of 5 playoff series at 1. Rancho was down 5 to 3 through 7 frames, but JT Wise started the rally with a solo shot in the bottom of the 8th. That still left the Quakes a run short in the 9th, but Jaime Pedroza doubled with one out to put the tying run in scoring position. Rafael Ynoa singled which advanced Pedroza to 3rd, then a RBI ground out by Nick Buss knotted the game at 5. The grounder by Buss actually should have been a game ending double play, but a bad throw to 1st extended the contest. The two teams exchanged zero's in the 10th, but in the bottom of the 11th Austin Gallagher doubled to lead off the inning, his second 2-bagger of the game. Gallagher moved to 3rd on a wild pitch, the the Storm opted to walk the bases loaded with nobody out. That brought up Buss again, and with the outfield drawn in he delivered another RBI as he skied a single over the center fielder's head. The recap above pretty much covers all the notable offensive performances (except for a Blake Smith solo homer), so we'll move to the pitching. Jon Michael Redding allowed 3 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings to keep his team in the game, but Geison Aguasviva gave up 2 runs without allowing a hit because he walked 3. From there the bullpen was brilliant as Scott McGough (1.2 IP), Logan Bawcom (2 IP), and Andres Santiago (1 IP) closed out the game with 4.1 shutout innings.
LoA – Season over
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors crushed 4 homers on Sunday and defeated the rival Owlz (Angels) 12 - 9 to clinch the Pioneer South League pennant. Ogden will now head to the Pioneer League Finals for the second year in a row, and hopefully this time they will come away with the title. O'Koyea Dickson was the star of the game as he bombed two of the team's homers and finished the contest by going 3 for 5 with 4 RBI's. Scott Schebler also went 3 for 5 and connected on a homer to drive in 3 runs, while Scott Wingo rounded out the homer barrage with a 3-run shot in the 3rd inning. Joc Pederson didn't have a hit but walked twice and managed to score 3 runs, and Joe Winker knocked in a pair with a 2-run single. Despite the win the Raptor pitching staff had a rough night as 5 pitchers combined to allowed 14 hits and 9 runs. Starter Raydel Sanchez lasted just 3 innings and allowed 4 hits (including 2 homers) and 5 runs, then Yimy Rodriguez gave up 5 hits and a run but was able to pick up his 2nd win of the series. Matt Shelton pitched two frames late in the game and did pretty well, but got into troubled in the 9th and was replaced by Eric Eadington who struck out league MVP Taylor Lindsey to end the game.
Rookie Arizona – Season over
DSL – Season over
Coming up - The Raptors will have an off day to prepare for the Pioneer League Finals, which will begin on Tuesday. The Finals will be another best of 3 series, with Ogden playing the first game at home before heading to Great Falls for the second and possible third game. The Quakes will continue their best of 5 series with the Storm on Monday and will send Matt Magill to the mound in the first road game of the series.