Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga evened their playoff series with plenty of offense on the road. Ogden didn’t suffer any letdown after clinching their playoff spot on Wednesday as they rallied back to win on a walk-off sacrifice fly.
Player of the day
DJ Peters was one of several Quakes who had good games on Thursday. But his three-run homer in the sixth made it 12-6 and gave the Quakes some breathing room on their way to tying the series.
Double-A - Tulsa
With the game tied 7-7 in the seventh, the Drillers loaded the bases with no outs. Drew Jackson came up and untied the game with a grand slam home run. The Drillers would go on to win 11-7 over the NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals) and tied their series at 1-1.
The Drillers had gotten out to a 7-0 lead through the top of the fourth inning. Blake Gailen hit a two-run homer, Matt Beaty hit a solo home run and Errol Robinson had a two-run single to highlight that scoring.
Scott Barlow started and he gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings pitched. Brian Moran pitched 2⅔ innings giving two hits and striking out two and Moran got the win.
This series moves to Tulsa where the next two games will be played, if a fifth game is needed, it will also be played at Tulsa.
Class-A - Rancho Cucamonga
In a place where no lead is safe, the Quakes kept scoring and defeated the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) 17-8 on Thursday at Lancaster. The series is now tied 1-1 and will move to Rancho Cucamonga for the next two games.
The Quakes scored three runs in the first to take an early lead, led 7-3 going to the bottom of the fifth but then the JetHawks made it a one-run game at 7-6 after five innings.
The Quakes would then have a pair of five-run innings, one in the sixth, the other in the ninth to put this game away.
A lot of those runs came from the six home runs the Quakes hit: Brandon Montgomery hit two home runs, Zach McKinstry hit a home run, Quincy Latimore homered as did Ariel Sandoval who hit a grand slam. As noted above, DJ Peters also hit home run.
However those home runs only accounted for six of the 20 hits, every Quakes stater had at least one hit, besides the guys who hit home runs, Keibert Ruiz had five hits, Omar Estevez, Cristian Santana each had two hits.
Rookie Pioneer - Ogden
Trailing 7-3 and going to the bottom of ninth, it did not look good. But then seven straight Raptors got on base and with a pair of two-run singles, the game was tied 7-7 and the bases were loaded with nobody out.
After one out, Brock Carpenter hit the walk-off sacrifice fly to win the game 8-7 over the Grand Junction Rockies 8-7 on Thursday night.
Donovan Casey was 3-for-5 with two RBI, Mitchell Hanson also had two RBI, Cristian Gomez was 3-for-3 with three doubles and three runs scored.
Triple-A: Los Angeles sent left-handed pitcher Luis Ysla and right-handed pitcher Jordan Jankowski outright to Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Class-A: Rancho Cucamonga placed first baseman Ibandel Isabel on the 7-day disabled list and activated outfielder Darien Tubbs from the 7-day disabled list.
Tulsa 11, NW Arkansas 7 (Series tied 1-1)
Rancho Cucamonga 17, Lancaster 8 (Series tied 1-1)
5:05 p.m. PT: Tulsa (Josh Sborz) vs. NW Arkansas (Emilio Ogando)
5:30 p.m.: Ogden (Trevor Oaks) vs. Idaho Falls Chukars [Royals] (TBD)
7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Brandon McCarthy) vs. Lancaster (Brandon Gold)