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Omar Estevez gets clutch hit to move Loons closer to the playoffs

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Omar Estevez
Omar Estevez
Great Lakes Loons

Four Dodger affiliates win while Tulsa will have one more day before their playoff bid will end.

Player of the day

Great Lakes infielder Omar Estevez drove in the second and ultimately winning run in Great Lakes extra-inning win.  Estevez is hitting .294/.332/.466 in the second half of the season and has been a key player in Great Lakes drive for a playoff spot.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers won the first game of their road series against the Storm Chasers (Royals) by a 8-5 score.  The score does not reflect the fine start that Lisalverto Bonilla had as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out six,

With the game still scoreless going to the seventh, the Dodgers hit a cycle as they batted around and scored six runs.  Corey Brown hit a solo home run, O'Koyea Dickson tripled in two runs, Shawn Zarraga and Will Venable each doubled and Brandon Hicks, Tyler Ogle and Drew Maggi each singled.

The Dodgers will play Omaha through Labor Day and then return home to open the playoffs on Wednesday.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers dropped their series finale against the Naturals (Royals) losing 7-1 on Friday.  The loss didn't officially eliminate the Drillers but they will be eliminated tomorrow because the two teams ahead of them are in a first place tie and whoever wins tomorrow will eliminate the Drillers even if the Drillers win.

Brock Stewart had a short start, pitching three innings and giving up two runs and four hits.  Scott Barlow followed and he gave up five runs and seven hits in three innings.

Alex Verdugo provided the offense with a solo home run, his 13th of the season.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes and Nuts (Rockies) won the game 6-3 but the star of this game was the Nuts' starter Colin Welmon.  Welmon allowed two runs but after Ariel Sandoval singled in the second, Welmon retired the next 17 Quakes in a row.

The Quakes pitchers were equal to the task, in particular, the first three pitchers Tim Shibuya, Alex Burgos, and Kevin Brown allowed only one run in eight innings.

Matt Beaty and Noah Perio drove in the first two runs of the game.  Devan Ahart added some insurance with a two-run home run in the eighth.  The Quakes then added two more runs for good measure.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons and TinCaps (Padres) had their second straight extra-inning game but this time, they held on for the 5-4 win.  The win lowered their magic number to two.

The pitching heroes for the Loons were Dean Kremer and Ivan Vieitez who combined to pitch the final six innings and allow just a run.

Logan Landon was 3-for-3 with two walks, Estevez drove in the final and in the end, winning run on his third hit of the game.

Pioneer - Ogden

The Raptors won a tough Chukars (Royals) as DJ Peters hit a two-out solo home run to break a 2-2 tie and the Raptors wion 3-2.  The Raptors scored all their runs on solo home runs, the other two were hit by Luis Paz and Cody Thomas.

Nolan Long started and gave up two runs in his six innings of work.  Adalberto Pena and Vinny Santarsiero got the win and save respectively for the Raptors.

Transactions

Triple-A: Los Angeles recalled catcher Austin Barnes, right-handed pitcher Josh Fields, and outfielder Yasiel Puig from Oklahoma City; catcher Brant Whiting and left-handed pitcher Jordan Schafer assigned to Oklahoma City from AZL Dodgers; right-handed pitcher Andrew Sopko assigned to Oklahoma City from Tulsa; Oklahoma City placed catcher Josmar Cordero on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 30, 2016.

Rookie: Left-handed pitchers Jairo Pacheco and Osiris Ramirez assigned to Ogden from AZL Dodgers.

Friday Scores

Oklahoma City 8, Omaha 5

NW Arkansas 7, Tulsa 1

Rancho Cucamonga 6, Modesto 3

Great Lakes 5, Fort Wayne 4 (10)

Ogden 3, Idaho Falls 2

Saturday Schedule

12:05 p.m. PT - Oklahoma City (TBD) at Omaha (Jonathan Dziedzic)

2:05 p.m. - Great Lakes (Walker Buehler) at West Michigan (Tigers) (Eudis Idrogo)

2:05 p.m. - Idaho Falls (Andres Machado & Igol Feliz) at Ogden (Willian Soto & Zac Grotz)

4:05 p.m. - West Michigan (TBD) at Great Lakes (Leonardo Crawford)

5:05 p.m. - Springfield (Cardinals) (Johnny Walter) at Tulsa (TBD)

7:05 p.m.  - Modesto (Parker French) at Rancho Cucamonga (Clayton Kershaw)