Player Of The Day
Alex Verdugo continued to crush the ball as he had another big game at the plate. He finished the regular season on a seven game hitting streak, and during his 23 game stint in Rancho Cucamonga he had an OPS of 1.066.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The OKC Dodgers lost to the Redbirds (Cardinals) 7 - 3 in their season finale on Monday, however they still finished the season with the best record in the Pacific Coast League at 86 and 58. Scott Barlow got the call after being promoted from Rancho, but he didn't even make it through four frames due to dehydration. Barlow allowed seven hits and six runs during his short outing and took the loss. Brandon Beachy returned to the mound and provided two hitless innings of relief, while Jharel Cotton gave up a run during his inning of work.
Ralph Henriquez and Kyle Jensen provided all the offense as Henriquez connected on a two-run shot and Jensen hit a solo blast.
The Dodgers start their playoff series against Round Rock Express (Rangers) on Wednesday, with Zach Lee taking the mound for game 1.
The Drillers closed out their season with a 6 - 3 loss to Springfield (Cardinals) on Monday, finishing the 2015 season with a record of 62 and 77. Starting pitcher Rob Rogers threw just one inning and gave up four hits and five runs, although none of those runs were earned due to an error by Daniel Mayora. Five relievers combined to throw the final seven frames, highlighted by Drayton Riekenberg highlighting the group with two hitless innings.
Tulsa managed just one extra base hit which was provided by Jeremy Rathjen as he went 2-for-4 with a double. Brandon Trinkwon reached base three times and scored two runs, although he finished the year hitting just .232 in the Texas League.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes completed their four game sweep of the 66ers (Angels) with a 7 - 6 victory on Monday. The win helped Rancho clinch the best record in the South Division, which means they will have home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs during which they will play either High Desert (Rangers) or Lancaster (Astros).
There was a lot of offense in this game as the two teams combined for 25 hits. Player of the day Verdugo continued his hot streak by going 3-for-4 with his fourth homer since joining Rancho and knocking in a pair. Paul Hoenecke also went deep, while Delvis Morales drove in three with a couple of singles.
Starter James Campbell threw just one inning, working around two hits and two walks to get out withing permitting a run. It took six relievers to finish off this game, with David Reid-Foley allowing seven hits and five runs during his three frames. Dillon Moyer, the infielder who is being eased into the pitching, allowed the first run in four outings, but Michael Johnson and Josh Sborz closed out the win with a scoreless inning each.
Low Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons started the game with eight shutout innings, but ended up losing to the Whitecaps (Tigers) 3 to 1 in 1o innings. Despite the loss Great Lakes is heading to the playoffs and will send Grant Holmes to the mound on Wednesday to face the Lancing Lugnuts (Blue Jays).
The 6'10" Nolan Long had one of his best starts since turning pro as he fired five shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out two. J.D. Underwood followed with two scoreless innings, but Colin Hering blew the save in the top of the ninth. Derrick Sylvester then gave up a couple of unearned runs in the 10th, but they were both due to an error that Sylvester made.
The offense was held to just one extra base hit, coming on a double by Jimmy Allen as he also drove in the only run. Justin Chigbogu reached base three times on two singles and a walk, while Mike Ahmed also had two base knocks.
Rookie - Pioneer League
Despite being eliminated from the playoffs, the Raptors still fought for a 6 - 4 win over the Rockies on Monday. DH Edwin Rios crushed a three-run homer, his third since joining Ogden, while Scott De Jong connected on his 10th bomb of the year. Kelvin Ramos also contributed by going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
On the mound Chris Powell picked up the win after allowing four hits and two runs over five innings, although only one run was earned. Wes Helsabeck finished off the victory with two hitless frames, recording his first save of the season.
Triple-A: Eric Surkamp was placed on the temporarily inactive list, while Scott Barlow was promoted to OKC from Rancho.
Monday box scores
6:05 p.m.: Ogden (Kevin Brown) at Grand Junction (Javier Medina)