Oklahoma City and Great Lakes each won, Rancho Cucamonga lost and are tied one game each with Lancaster with the finale scheduled for Friday. Ogden, who had won their division on Wednesday, lost their final regular season game as they got ready to host Orem for the first game of their playoff series.
Player of the day
26-year old O'Koyea Dickson hit .328/.398/.596 this year at Oklahoma City. On Thursday, Dickson hit a deep fly ball that was caught at the wall in center to drive in the tying run in the first and then put the Dodgers ahead in the third with two-run homer.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers rebounded from their first game loss to defeat the Sounds (Athletics) 5-2 and even their playoff series with each team winning one game. For an Oklahoma City team, it was their first win of any kind in the playoffs since 2008. Prior to Thursday, a team wearing Oklahoma City on their uniform had lost 12 straight games.
Logan Bawcom pitched six innings and gave up one run, three hits, walked two and struck out six. That was more than enough for Bawcom to get the win.
Sam LeCure, Joe Broussard and Jacob Rhame each pitched an inning to close out the game.
The Sounds scored in the first inning on a two-out single but then the Dodgers answered with Micah Johnson, who went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, working a walk and eventually getting to third base. Johnson scored on O'Koyea Dickson's sacrifice fly.
Johnson would be on when Dickson hit his two-run homer. Later, in the fifth, after Jack Murphy homered, Johnson tripled and scored on Chris Taylor's sacrifice fly.
The series moves to Nashville for the next three games, two of those games are guaranteed on Friday and Saturday.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes saw the JetHawks (Astros) score eight runs in the first inning before they got even one out, and even though they tried to come back, the Quakes lost by an 17-11 score. The loss made it one game apiece for the two teams and Lancaster will host the last game on Friday with the winner moving on to the next series that starts on Saturday.
Mike Ahmed gave the Quakes a brief 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run homer. Then Michael Boyle proceeded to see eight JetHawks, who often hit Boyle's first pitch, get eight straight hits, including two home runs, that gave the JetHawks an 8-2 lead that they never relinquished.
Boyle did go on to pitch five innings and while he was the losing pitcher, he saved the Quakes bullpen some usage by being able to recover a bit. Former first-round pick Chris Anderson followed and he gave up six runs on seven hits. The two Quakes' pitchers saw the JetHawks hit seven home runs off them.
At the plate, Noah Perio's performance should be noted, Perio hit two home runs and went 3-for-5.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons and Hot Rods (Rays) first game of their series was suspended after the top of fourth due to rain. They picked up after that on Thursday and the Loons took a 1-0 series lead when they beat the Hot Rods 15-1.
Dean Kremer followed Yadier Alvarez's four scoreless innings with a three inning performance. Kremer gave up a run and three hits and got the win. Alvarez did his work on Wednesday before the rain ended it.
The Loons had 20 hits on Thursday, Jake Henson hit three doubles and had four RBI, Gage Green went 4-for-4 and Omar Estevez had three hits.
This series moves to Bowling Green for the next two games with the Loons needing only one win to move on to the next series.
Pioneer - Ogden
The Raptors and Rockies played their final Pioneer League regular season game on Thursday and the Rockies won 9-2 to send their fans home with a win.
The Raptors had won the second-half division title on Wednesday night and knew they were hosting Orem on Friday night for the first game of their three-game playoff series.
The Raptors had scored 32 runs in the first three game of this series, scored only twice in this game and only had four hits as a team.
No transactions reported on Thursday.
4:35 p.m. PT - Great Lakes (Jordan Sheffield) at Bowling Green (Genesis Cabrera)
5:05 p.m. - Oklahoma City (Chase De Jong) at Nashville (Chris Jensen)
5:30 p.m. - Orem (Angels) (Sam Pastrone) at Ogden (TBD)
6:35 p.m. - Rancho Cucamonga (Adam Bray) at Lancaster (Akeem Bostic)