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Loons walk off with much-needed win

The Great Lakes Loons move to within a game of .500 with a walk-off win on Friday

The Loons walked-off with a win on Friday
The Loons walked-off with a win on Friday
Brandon Lennox

Player of the day

Joe Broussard was the Dodgers 15th round pick of the 2014 draft, and in his professional debut he threw quite well in the Pioneer League. Thus far in 2015 the 24-year-old has struck out more than a batter per inning and has dominated the opposition for the Loons. On Friday Joe allowed just one hit over 3⅓ innings and punched out four.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Dodgers maintained the best record in the Pacific Coast League with a 6-3 win over the 51's (Mets) on Friday. Chris Heisey connected on his 10th homer of the season, good for third in the PCL, while Andy Wilkins also went deep and drove in a pair. Starting pitcher Joe Weiland also knocked in two runs thanks to a double.

On the mound Weiland picked up his fourth win of the year despite allowing three runs, two walks, and three runs over five frames. Josh Ravin was solid over two innings of relief while David Aardsma picked up his 12th save of the season with a scoreless 9th.

Double-A Tulsa

Jose De Leon was solid in his Texas League debut, but one bad pitch resulted in a 3-0 loss to the Naturals (Royals). De Leon allowed just three hits over six innings while striking out eight, but he permitted a three-run homer in the 3rd inning and that was the difference in the game. Fellow De Leon, Jorge, tossed the final two frames and did not give up a run.

The Driller offense was obviously not very effective in the shutout as the club did not collect an extra base hit. Luis Mateo went 2-for-4, but nobody else had more than one base knock in this game. In fact, Brandon Dixon's .283 batting average was the only one in the lineup that was higher than .275.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes looked like they were dead in the water after allowing four runs in the bottom of the eighth, but a trio of runs in the top of the ninth gave Rancho a 6-5 win over San Jose. Doubles by Kyle Farmer, Tyler Ogle, and Paul Hoenecke dominated the final frame, allowing the Quakes to capture the win.

On the mound starter Jeff Brigham allowed just one earned run over five shutout innings, then Victor Araujo tossed 1⅓ scoreless innings.  Rob Rogers gave up seven hits and four runs in relief, including three runs in the ninth that resulted in the losee.

Low Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons scored four runs in the first inning, but eventually lost the lead to the Captains (Indians) and had to walk-off with a 7-6 victory in 11 innings.  Alex Santana was the hero in this one as he knocked in the winning run with a single after Lake County walked the bases loaded. It was the second hit of the night for Santana who is now hitting .314. Josmar Cordero also had a big hit earlier in the game as he crushed three-run homer to give Great Lakes the early lead.

On the mound, Brandon Martinez made his 2015 debut with the same team that he has played with since 2012. The 2009 pick, now 24 years old, lasted just three innings and gave up three runs. Bubby Rossman and Jose Alberto Molinac allowed the Captains to tie the game, but Broussard was outstanding in relief with 3⅓ scoreless innings to pick up the win.


Triple-A: Darwin Barney was activated from the DL by Oklahoma City, while Chris Reed was placed on the temporary inactive list. The Dodgers also acquired Eric Surkamp from the White Sox.

Double-A: Jose De Leon was officially assigned to Tulsa from Rancho Cucamonga, while Daniel Corcino was placed on the 7-day disabled list. The Drillers also activated Dustin Richardson from the DL after Blake Smith was traded to the White Sox.

Class-A: Federico Celli and Brian Wolfe switched places as Celli was assigned to Extended Spring Training while Wolfe joined the Quakes. In addition, Rancho Cucamonga activated A.J. Vanegas from the 7-day disabled list.

Friday box scores

Oklahoma City 6, Las Vegas 3

NW Arkansas 3, Tulsa 0

San Jose 6, Rancho Cucamonga 5

Great Lakes 7, Lake County 6

Saturday schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Robert Fernandez) vs. Lake County (Justus Sheffield)

4:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Chris Anderson) at NW Arkansas (Christian Binford)

6:00 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (John Richy) vs. San Jose (Tyler Beede)

7:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (P.J. Walters) vs. Las Vegas (Matt Bowman)