Three of four Dodger affiliates won on Thursday. However the loss may have the most important since it dropped the Loons' lead to a half game in the race for the final Midwest League playoff spot.
Player of the day
Right-handed pitcher Andrew Sopko had his best start as a Driller when he went six innings and struck out seven. Sopko pitched for the Quakes for most of this season, where he had 3.26 ERA in 99⅓ innings.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
Micah Johnson, O'Koyea Dickson, and Alex Hassan each had two hits. Hassan and Bawcom each drove in two runs.
The Drillers defeated the Naturals (Royals) 5-1 on Thursday. Andrew Sopko pitched six innings and gave up a run while striking out seven. Yaisel Sierra struck out four in his 1⅔ innings of work.
Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run, his 23rd home run of the season. Tim Locastro, Bellinger and Alex Verdugo each had two hits.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes scored three runs in the eighth and then three more in ninth and went on to beat the JetHawks (Astros) 6-3 in Lancaster. Mitchell White got his first professional win. White again pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out two.
Brandon Trinkwon, Matt Beaty, and Noah Perio each had two hits. Devan Ahart hit his first home run of the season.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons lost 5-4 in ten innings on a walk-off bases-clearing double by the TinCaps (Padres) Chris Baker. The loss lowered the Loons lead in the Wild Card to a half game.
Yadier Alvarez started for the Loons and pitched 3⅔ innings. While Alvarez only gave up a run, he also gave up six hits and two walks to the Pirates.
Brendon Davis went 3-for-4 and drove in a run. Logan Landon went 2-for-5.
Pioneer - Ogden
The Raptors and Chukars (Royals) game was rained out and a doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday.
Triple-A: Los Angeles optioned left-handed pitcher Luis Avilan to Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City activated right-handed pitcher Sam LeCure from the 7-day disabled list; catcher Tyler Ogle assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa; Oklahoma City released right-handed pitcher Matt West and left-handed pitcher Randy Choate.
Double-A: Tulsa activated catcher Paul Hoenecke from the 7-day disabled list.
Class-A: Right-handed pitcher Willian Soto assigned to Great Lakes from Ogden; Great Lakes placed left-handed pitcher Victor Gonzalez on the temporarily inactive list.
4:05 p.m. PT - Great Lakes (Jordan Sheffield) at Fort Wayne (Padres) (Joey Lucchesi)
5:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Jose De Leon) at Omaha (Royals) (Alec Mills)
5:05 p.m. - Tulsa (Scott Barlow) at NW Arkansas (Eric Skoglund)
6:00 p.m. - Idaho Falls (Igol Feliz) at Ogden (Nolan Long)
7:05 p.m. - Modesto (Rockies) (Colin Welmon) at Rancho Cucamonga (Tim Shibuya)