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Great Lakes advances in playoffs; OKC Dodgers & Raptors stave off elimination

Kyle Farmer was 3-for-4 on Saturday
Kyle Farmer was 3-for-4 on Saturday

All three Dodger minor league playoff clubs won on Saturday as the Loons advanced past the first round, while the OKC Dodgers and the Raptors fought off elimination to live for another day

Player of the day

After spending the entire 2016 season in Tulsa, Kyle Farmer was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City for the playoffs and has been outstanding. Farmer went 3-for-4 on Saturday in the Dodgers victory, connecting on a couple of doubles and driving in a run.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers scored first then never looked back in their 7-1 victory over the Sounds (A's). The OKC offense launched three homers in the win, including the third of the series by Corey Brown. Cody Bellinger was 2-for-4 with a solo bomb, and Jack Murphy also went deep. Player of the day Farmer had three hits.

On the mound 32-year-old starter Alfredo Figaro went seven strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits while punching out seven. Sam LeCure got through the eighth without any issues, then Jacob Rhame kept the season alive with a perfect ninth inning.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons progressed in the playoffs after a 5-2 victory over the Hot Rods (Rays). The Great Lakes offense accumulated 12 hits in the win, with three coming from second baseman Omar Estevez and a pair each being accounted for by Saige Jenco, Luke Radley, and Logan Landon. Gage Green connected on a pinch-hit two-run bomb to really put the game out of reach.

On the mound, starter Walker Buehler tossed two hitless innings to begin the game. Leonardo Crawford picked up the win after throwing five innings of relief and permitting just two runs, then Andrew Istler picked up his first save with a couple of scoreless frames.

Pioneer - Ogden

The Raptors used a six-run sixth inning to defeat the Owlz (Angles) 7 to 4 on Saturday. With the victory, Ogden and Orem play a winner take all game on Sunday. Luis Paz was a big part of the sixth frame as he connected on a three-run homer, while Moises Perez tripled in a couple of runs during the crucial frame. Gavin Lux was the only offensive player with a mulit-hit game as he was 2-for-4 with a double.

On the mound starter Rob McDonnell allowed three unearned runs over four frames, then Abalberto Pena picked up the win with four innings of outstanding relief. Vinny Santarsiero recorded the save.

Saturday Scores

Oklahoma City 7, Nashville 1

Great Lakes 5, Bowling Green 2

Ogden 7, Orem 4

Sunday Schedule

3:05 p.m. PT - Ogden (Zac Grotz) at Orem (TBD)
Game 3 in best-of-3 Pioneer League South Division Championship

4:05 p.m. - West Michigan [Tigers] (Eudis Idrogo) at Great Lakes
Game 1 in best-of-3 Midwest League East Division Championship

4:35 p.m. - Oklahoma City (TBD) at Nashville (Chris Jensen)
Game 5 in best-of-5 PCL American Conference Championship