It was another rough night for two Dodgers minor league affiliates in the playoffs.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
OKC fell behind early and dropped a 7-1 contest in Game 2 to the Round Rock Express (Rangers),falling behind 0-2 in the best-of-five series.
Top Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias had another bad Triple-A outing on Thursday night. He allowed two home runs, including a grand slam, in the first inning, a wild frame that saw him walk two and hit a batter.
Urias was done after just one inning with OKC down 6-0 in a hurry. In his three stats in Triple-A, the 19-year-old left-hander allowed 15 runs on 14 hits in 5⅓ innings, with eight strikeouts and six strikeouts, for a 25.31 ERA.
Deck McGuire filled in quite nicely in relief, striking out seven over five innings of relief, allowing just one run. But Oklahoma City was never able to get much going against Anthony Ranaudo, who allowed a run in seven innings for the win.
Elliot Johnson and Jose Tabata each went 2-for-3 with a walk in defeat for OKC.
The good news for Oklahoma City is that, while it needs to win the next three games to advance, all three games will be from home at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Class-A Great Lakes
For the second straight night the Loons dropped a hard-fought one-run game to the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 5-4, and that was enough to eliminate Great Lakes, dropping the best-of-three series, 2-0.
But it certainly wasn't for lack of effort.
Down 3-2 in the ninth inning, the Loons had two outs and nobody on. Pinch-hitter Federico Celli singled to stay alive, then Mike Ahmed walked to put the tying run in scoring position. Jordan Tarsovich followed with a single up the middle, just past shortstop Richard Urena. That brought home the tying run, then a wild throw from center fielder D.J. Davis brought home Ahmed with the go-ahead tally.
Tarsovich, the Dodgers' 22nd-round pick this year out of VMI, was 3-for-4 with a double on the night. Jimmy Allen had a pair of doubles in defeat.
But Lansing had a rally of their own in the bottom of the inning, against Tommy Bergjans. A pair of doubles tied the game, then two walks loaded the bases with one out. First baseman Ryan McBroom, the Midwest League MVP, hit a sacrifice fly to left field to win the game for the Lugnuts.
Great Lakes has lost its last six playoff games.
Class-A: The Loons placed outfielder Gage Green on the disabled list with a concussion after getting hit by a pitch in Wednesday's Game 1, and catcher Brant Whiting was activated from the disabled list.
Thursday box scores
PCL Game 2: Round Rock 7, Oklahoma City 1
Midwest League Game 2: Lansing 5, Great Lakes 4
5:05 p.m. PT: Game 3 of PCL American Conference Finals (OKC trails best-of-five series, 2-0)
Round Rock (Phil Klein) at Oklahoma City (Eric Stults)