Today is the last day of the regular season for the four full-season teams. Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes. The Dodgers have had a very good year with five teams, including Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga, who qualified for the playoffs and Ogden is perhaps days away from joining that number.
Congratulations to the Dodgers2 team for winning the Dominican Summer League and to both Dodger teams for making the final game. According to the Dodgers Baseball Operations department, "The finals would have been a best of 5. We reduced it to a 1 game final because that just made more logical sense with us playing each other. That way we didn't go through pitching unnecessarily and battle it out when the real accomplishment was both teams making the finals."
Player of the day
Carlos Rincon hit two home runs and drove in six in the Raptors comeback win on Sunday. Rincon spent most of this season at Great Lakes, was assigned to Ogden on August 15th.
Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers were defeated by their best old friend on Sunday when Willie Calhoun ht a walk-off grand slam to lead the Round Rock Express (Rangers) to a 10-9 win. Calhoun hit two home runs and had eight RBI in this game.
Two of the Dodgers better relievers in recent times, Walker Buehler and Yaisel Sierra could not hold a five run lead in the last three innings. Buehler had given up two runs in his last 11 innings, walked the first two hitters he faced, wild pitched the runners to second and third and then Calhoun singled home two runs.
After retiring the side in order in the eighth, Sierra gave up two singles and a walk to start the ninth. Then Calhoun ended the game with the grand slam.
The Dodgers hit three home runs in this game, Edwin Rios, Max Muncy and Joc Pederson each homered. Muncy had three hits, Henry Ramos joined Rios and Pederson with two hits apiece.
The Drillers and the Springfield Cardinals were tied 5-5 going to the bottom of the sixth. Then the Drillers scored three runs and were able to hold on to a 8-6 win.
With two out and the bases loaded, Peter O’Brien cleared the bases with a double and the Drillers took a lead that would not leave them.
Kyle Garlick had two hits and scored three runs. Blake Gailen had a hit and two RBI.
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga
The Quakes lost 11-4 to the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) on Sunday. Sloppy play did not help Brandon McCarthy who was making his second rehab start for the Quakes.
Two errors in the first inning helped the Storm take a 2-0 lead. A third error in the second did not impact any scoring.
But then the Storm started to get many hits off McCarthy, a run-scoring double in the third inning made it 3-0. And then in the fourth, with two out and a runner on second, the Storm had four straight hits that scored four runs. Adam Bray replaced McCarthy and got the final out.
McCarthy pitched 3⅔ innings, gave up seven runs (five earned), eight hits and one walk. He had one strikeout.
The Quakes hit two home runs, DJ Peters homered in his third straight game, he now has 27 home runs. Ibandel Isabel hit his 28th home run of the season.
Class-A Great Lakes
The Loons had a 7-3 lead after four innings and then held on to beat the Lake County Captains (Indians) 8-7 on Sunday. Gavin Lux led the team with three hits and three RBI.
Saige Jenco, Starling Heredia, Tyler Adkison and Nick Yarnall each had two hits. Jenco scored three runs, Yarnall hit a home run and had two RBI.
The Raptors trailed 12-5 after four innings and the Grand Junction Rockies looked like they might gain a game on Sunday. But a six run sixth tied the game and the Raptors pushed across two runs in the seventh and won 14-12.
The win lowered their magic number to three (a combination of Raptor wins and Rockies losses) to clinch a playoff spot.
The league’s best offensive team, Ogden, pounded out 16 hits, including a 4-for-5 game from Carlos Rincon, who hit two home runs.
Donovan Casey and Kevin Lachance each had two hits, Luis Paz doubled and had two RBI.
The AZL Dodgers received a first round bye for having one of the two best records in the Arizona League, tonight they will host the AZL Cubs for their first postseason game.
Double-A: Tulsa activated right-handed pitcher Tim Shibuya from the 7-day disabled list.
Rookie: Oklahoma City sent right-handed pitcher Trevor Oaks on a rehab assignment to Ogden.
10:05 a.m. PT: Oklahoma City (Justin Marks) at Round Rock (Adrian Sampson)
11:05 a.m.: Tulsa (Andrew Sopko) vs. Springfield Cardinals (Zac Gallen)
11:05 a.m.: Great Lakes (Melvin Jimenez) vs. Lake County (Zach Pleasac)
12:00 p.m.: Ogden (Gregorio Sequera) at Grand Junction (Justin Valdespina)
2:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dustin May) vs. Lake Elsinore (Jerry Keel)
7:00 p.m.: AZL Dodgers vs. AZL Cubs