Tough losses for the playoff chasing Tulsa Drillers and Ogden Raptors; the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes have clinched a playoff spot but took a loss in their hunt for the division title. Only Oklahoma City, who is playing their final home series in the regular season, won on Tuesday.
Player of the day
Outfielder Mitchell Hansen has had a fine season for the Ogden Raptors. The 20-year old outfielder has increased his production and will be one to watch in 2017 at Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers walked off with a 5-4 win over the Redbirds (Cardinals) when Will Venable singled in Alex Hassan with two out. The game featured two blown saves by Dodger relievers, Ralston Cash struck out three in the ninth and he got the win.
Roy Merritt started for the Dodgers and pitched five innings, he gave up two runs, four hits, three walks and struck out two. After Jacob Rhame allowed the tying run in the sixth, rehabbing right-handed pitcher Louis Coleman pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
However, Matt West allowed the tying run in the eighth which led to excitement in the ninth.
Will Venable, O'Koyea Dickson and Corey Brown each had two hits.
The Drillers fell 11-6 to the Naturals (Royals) in a game where they once trailed 10-0. Isaac Anderson started for the Drillers and gave up seven runs and eight hits in 1⅔ innings.
Former first baseman and DH, Dan Johnson made his third pitching appearance, and he gave up four runs and nine hits in 4⅓ innings. In three appearances with the Drillers, Johnson has pitched a total of 8⅓ innings, allowing seven runs, 13 hits, five walks and struck out five.
Alex Verdugo had two hits, Willie Calhoun and Kyle Garlick each had two RBI.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes started a key three-game series at the JetHawks (Astros) and took a 5-4 defeat in the first game.
The Quakes and JetHawks will play a best of three playoff series when the California League playoffs start next Wednesday. This series will likely decide who has the home field advantage for that series.
Los Angeles had two players in the game as their rehab assignments continued. Right-handed pitcher Josh Ravin started and pitched an inning, giving up a run. Outfielder Andre Ethier played his fourth rehab game and his second in the outfield. Ethier went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Johan Mieses and Noah Perio each had three hits. Matt Beaty had two hits.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons have Tuesday off.
Pioneer - Ogden
The Raptors and Chukars (Royals) went back and forth with the Chukars coming out on top with a 11-10 win. A sloppy game, of the 21 runs scored, only nine runs were earned.
Five Raptors had two or more hits, Brandon Montgomery led the team with three hits, Mitchell Hansen, Keibert Ruiz, Gersel Pitre, and Jordan Paroubeck each had two hits.
With the AZL Dodger season ending last Sunday, one of their players appears to be headed to the Raptors.
Arizona ✈️ Utah tomorrow morning! @ogdenraptors— Gavin Lux (@TheRealGavinLux) August 31, 2016
Triple-A: Right-handed pitcher Jeremy Kehrt assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa; Los Angeles optioned right-handed pitcher Pedro Baez to Oklahoma City; Los Angeles recalled right-handed pitcher Casey Fien from Oklahoma City.
Class-A: Los Angeles sent right-handed pitcher Josh Ravin on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga.
4:05 p.m. PT - Great Lakes (TBD) at Fort Wayne (Padres) (Cal Quantrill)
5:05 p.m. - Memphis (Mike Mayers) at Oklahoma City (Logan Bawcom)
5:05 p.m. - Tulsa (Seth Frankoff) at NW Arkansas (Josh Staumont)
6:15 p.m. - Ogden (Rob McDonnell) at Idaho Falls (Alex Luna)
6:35 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (Tim Shibuya) at Lancaster (Akeem Bostick)