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Tulsa plays at San Antonio while Rancho Cucamonga hosts Visalia. Each have 2-0 leads in Best-of-5 series

Dustin May
Dustin May
Rich Crimi

The Dodgers have two minor-league affiliates that can win their respective league championships today. The Tulsa Drillers and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes have each taken 2-0 leads in their Best-of-5 series and they are one game away from one last celebration.

Players of the Game

Since there were no games yesterday, I thought I would talk about a few players who have hit well in the playoffs for the Drillers and Quakes.

Gavin Lux and Keibert Ruiz have been offensive machines in the first seven games of the Drillers postseason. Lux is hitting .414/.485/.690 in 33 plate appearances with five doubles and a home run.

Ruiz has come through late in both game against the Missions. Ruiz is hitting .387/.406/.581 in 32 plate appearances. He’s also been putting the ball in play as he as not struck out yet in the postseason.

Cody Thomas hit the go-ahead grand slam on Wednesday, he’s hitting .385/.407./808 in 27 plate appearances for the Quakes. Thomas has three doubles, a triple and two home runs so far in the playoffs.

Connor Wong, who had a strong second-half of the season, is hitting .391/.417/.609 in 24 plate appearances. He has hit three doubles and a triple.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers and San Antonio Missions (Padres) were off on Thursday and they will pick up with Game 3 later today at San Antonio.

These teams had two series at San Antonio. In the first three-game series, the Missions took two of three back in May. The second series was only two games due to rain, the Drillers won both games in August in San Antonio.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes have to win one more game against the Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks) to win their second California League championship in four years. In 2015, the Quakes finished their sweep of the Giants at San Jose. This year, they can win the championship at LoanMart Field.

The Quakes have won five straight playoff games. Including two of those playoff wins, they have won ten straight home games.

Visalia did play well in their one trip to Rancho Cucamonga this season. The Rawhide won three of four games back in May.

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Thursday’s scores

No games scheduled

Frday’s schedule

5:05 p.m. PT: Tulsa (Dustin May) at San Antonio (Jesse Scholtens)

7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Isaac Anderson) vs. Visalia (Connor Grey)