Some tough losses as the Dodger affiliates head towards the weekend.
One clarification, earlier this week I wrote that the Dominican Summer League Dodgers2 season had ended, obviously that is not true, both Dodger teams in the Dominican Summer League are still playing in their postseason. I apologize for any confusion.
Player of the day
Scott Barlow pitched well again for the Drillers, in five starts in August, Barlow pitched 31⅔ innings, gave up 17 hits, eight walks and had 37 strikeouts.
I should also note here that Oklahoma City right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers gave up two runs in the ninth inning and lost 3-2 to the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins). The loss ended their home season as the Dodgers hit the road for their final four games of the season.
Justin Masterson, in what could be his last start of the season, pitched six innings and gave up a run and five hits. Masterson struck out eight and walked three. Yaisel Sierra continued his fine relief work with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts.
However, after Jeremy Bleich gave up no runs in the eighth, he gave up a double, a single and stolen base. With two runners in scoring position, Bleich struck out the next batter. But after giving an intentional walk, Bleich walked in the tying run and then gave up a base hit to score the go-ahead run.
The Dodgers could not mount a late rally after that. The only scoring for the Dodgers was from a Henry Ramos two-run homer.
The Drillers did something they had done in a while, they blew a lead in the late innings and lost 6-2 to NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals). The loss ended the Drillers 15-game home winning streak. The Drillers had not lost at home since July 19th.
Scott Barlow gave the Drillers seven strong innings. Barlow gave up a run and five hits, while striking out six. But this night, the Drillers got no relief as the Naturals scored two in the eighth to take the lead and then three more in the ninth to seal the win.
The Drillers missed a chance to add a game to their lead, their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is four with four games left.
Kyle Garlick and Erick Mejia each hit solo home runs to account for all of the Drillers scoring.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes rallied to tie the score but then gave up a walk-off walk and a 7-6 win to the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies). The loss just about guaranteed a home field for a potential fifth game in the likely playoff series between both those teams.
As it is, the Quakes are still looking for a win or Inland Empire 66er loss between Friday and next Monday to clinch that series against the JetHawks.
The JetHawks scored four runs of Chris Mathewson to take the lead. But then back-to-back home runs from Quincy Latimore and DJ Peters tied the game.
The JetHawks retook the lead when they scored two runs in the eighth. The Quakes rallied with the help of a wild pitch and an error to score two runs in the ninth to tie. The Quakes missed some chances to score the go-ahead run that inning.
Those misses turned out to big, in the tenth, Lancaster got two on with no outs. A groundout put both runners in scoring position. An intentional walk and a strikeout made it bases-loaded but with two outs. Tony Gonsolin came in and walked the first batter he faced to score the winning run.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons scored a run in the eighth to tie and two in tenth to beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres) 4-2 on Thursday. In the tenth, Cristian Santana singled home Saige Jenco with two out to score the first run. After Connor Wong singled, Cody Thomas singled to score Santana with the second run.
Leo Crawford pitched seven innings for the Loons, he gave up two runs and seven hits. He had three strikeouts and a walk. Jeremiah Muhammad, who got the win, pitched the final three innings, he gave up a hit, walked four and had two strikeouts.
Starling Heredia and Jenco each had two hits.
The Raptors lost 11-5 to the Orem Owlz (Angels). The big play was an error in the fifth inning with two out and one on for the Owlz. After that, the Owlz got a walk and three singles that scored four runs off Conor Costello, who took the loss.
Luis Paz, Rylan Bannon and Mitchell Hanson each homered in the loss.
The Raptors are still in first place with their regular season ending a week from Saturday.
The AZL Dodgers won AZL Royals 6-1 to maintain their tie with the White Sox for first place. They have two scheduled games left in their regular season, their last game is against their complex sharing partners, the White Sox.
In this game, five AZL Dodger pitchers combined to have nine strikeouts and no walks. The only run they gave up was a solo home run from MJ Melendez.
Marcus Chiu and Jacob Amaya each had three hits, Wynston Sawyer and Shakir Albert each have two hits.
Class-A: Great Lakes activated right-handed pitcher Willian Soto from the 7-day disabled list; Great Lakes placed right-handed Ryan Moseley on the 7-day disabled list.
4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (TBD) at Fort Wayne (TBD)
5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Eddie Gamboa) at Round Rock Express [Rangers] (James Dykstra)
5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Yadier Alvarez) vs. NW Arkansas (Zach Lovvorn)
5:30 p.m.: Ogden (Edwin Uceta) vs. Orem (Edrick Agosto)
7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers at AZL Royals
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Caleb Ferguson) vs. Lake Elsinore Storm [Padres] (TBD)