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Omar Estevez's home run carries Loons to championship series

Loons trailed 2-1 but then they scored two runs in both the 8th and 9th innings to win 5-2 over the Whitecaps

Omar Estevez
Omar Estevez
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes won their series (2-1) against West Michigan and will now face the Clinton LumberKings for the Midwest League Championship.  Oklahoma City led from the start but saw El Paso score three runs in the eighth to beat the Dodgers 7-5 and give them a 1-0 lead in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.

Player of the day

Omar Estevez was 0-for-3 until he came up with a man on and one run down in the eighth inning.

The home run gave the Loons their first lead of the game and ultimately, the winning run in their 5-2 win to advance to the Midwest League Championship Series that starts today at Clinton.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers started off with four runs in the first and then a run in the second to take a 5-0 lead over the Chihuahuas (Padres).  But the Dodgers would not score again and the Chihuahuas came back, scoring three runs in the eighth to win 7-5 and take Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League Championship series.

The Dodgers had scored twice in the first inning when Kyle Farmer doubled home to more runs to make it 4-0.  Corey Brown singled home Micah Johnson in the second inning to make it 5-0.

Logan Bawcom took that 5-0 lead to the bottom of the third and the Chihuahuas scored four runs on four hits in that inning.  But then Bawcom and the Dodger bullpen kept them off the scoreboard until the seventh inning.

Right-handed pitcher Casey Fien, who was outrighted from Los Angeles, started the eighth inning for the Dodgers,  After one out, a hit and an error by shortstop Chris Taylor put runners on first and second.  Diego Goris singled home the tying run.

Later the Chihuahuas scored two runs, one on a sacrifice fly and then second on a wild pitch.

Fien would take the loss though all of the runs were unearned.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons and Whitecaps (Tigers) were locked in a tight 2-1 game and the Whitecaps had maintained the slim lead to the eighth inning.  But then Brendon Davis singled and Omar Estevez hit a two-run home run which started the Loons on their way to next series.  The Loons would score two more runs in the ninth to insure the win.

Yadier Alvarez gave up two runs in his five innings of work.  The runs were unearned due to an error by third baseman Zach McKinstry.  Alvarez would be followed by Jose Santos, Andrew Istler and Shea Spitzbarth who kept El Paso off the scoreboard.

The game continued and the Loons kept trying to come back, eventually scoring a run but leaving the tying and go-ahead runs on the bases.

That would change in the eighth and ninth and the Loons will now take on the Clinton LumberKings for the Midwest League championship.


Triple-A: Outfielder Alex Verdugo assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa.

Double-A: Left-handed pitcher Jeff Malm and right-handed pitcher Daniel Corcino assigned to Tulsa from Oklahoma City.

Tuesday Scores

El Paso 7, Oklahoma City 5

Great Lakes 5, West Michigan 2

Wednesday Schedule

4:30 p.m. PT - Great Lakes (TBD) at Clinton (Mariners) (Luiz Gohara)

5:35 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Chase De Jong) at El Paso (Frank Garces)