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Dodgers, Drillers and Quakes all tie series, Loons eliminated

Cody Roper

The Dodgers, Drillers and Quakes all are tied 1-1 in their respective series’. The Loons were eliminated after an extra-inning loss.

Player of the day

Thanks to a game-tying home run, Carlos Rincon helped spark the Quakes comeback, which eventually led to a series-tying win.

Rincon had three hits, while driving in three of the six Quake runs.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers and Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) opened up the PCL American Conference Championship series with a double-header, with each team winning one game.

Memphis won the first game, 4-2, with Oklahoma City taking the second game, 5-4.

Game One

The score was knotted at zero a piece until the fifth, when a Travis Taijeron single would score Jake Peter, giving OKC a 1-0 lead. The lead was short-lived, as the Redbirds tacked on two runs in the top-half of the sixth.

Edwin Rios would homer in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at two.

Answering right back, Memphis added two in the seventh thanks to an error and a force out. With the game only being played till the seventh, OKC was unable to spark a rally, having all three batters of the inning strike out, thus ending the game and giving the Redbirds a 1-0 series advantage.

Game Two

All of the Dodgers’ runs came via the long ball, and it was barely enough.

Connor Joe got OKC on the board first for the second game in a row, hitting a solo shot to left field to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead.

Angelo Mora added two more in the second, as he hit a two-run shot to left field.

The Redbirds rallied back, adding two in the fourth on two singles.

Henry Ramos helped his cause, hitting a two-run homer in the fifth, giving OKC the three-run cushion.

A Memphis rally in the sixth would put them down one, as an Alex Mejia double and Steven Baron single would make the game 5-4.

Edward Paredes came in for the seventh and final inning. He surrendered a leadoff single, but would escape the inning without any damage. Two strikeouts and a groundout would help OKC win the game, and tie the series.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers evened up the Texas League North Division Playoff Series with a 6-0 victory over the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners).

Tulsa took a 1-0 lead in the first, thanks to a home run courtesy of Cael Brockmeyer.

Mike Ahmed brought in Keibert Ruiz on an RBI single in the second, giving the Drillers a 2-0 lead.

Ruiz would get an RBI in the third, and Zach Reks would bring one in on an error, giving Tulsa a 4-0 lead in the third inning.

Ben Holmes got the start for Tulsa, and was un-hittable all night. He struck out eight in 6 23 innings, all while allowing zero runs on only one hit.

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

A sixth-inning comeback would help the Quakes even the series, as they defeated the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) 6-5.

The Quakes would jump out to an early 3-0 lead in the first after doubles from Carlos Rincon and Connor Wong. A sacrifice fly in the second would give Rancho a 4-0 lead.

Lancaster would tack on one in the second and in the fourth, cutting the lead to only two.

The Jethawks took the lead in the fifth. Alan Trejo hit a solo shot, cutting the deficit to only one. A double from Brian Serven would score two, as Lancaster took a 5-4 lead.

Rincon made sure the lead didn’t last long, as he opened the sixth with a solo homer. Nick Yarnall would bring in Wong on a single to center, and the Quakes retook the lead.

Parker Curry came in four the final four innings, and held Lancaster to zero runs. He struck out six, all while allowing not a single runner to reach base.

Class-A Great Lakes

The season came to an end for the Loons on Thursday night, as a ninth-inning rally would help lead the Western Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers) to a 2-1 victory in extras.

Things were looking good for Great Lakes, as they headed into the ninth with a 1-0 lead. Reece Hampton tied the game, singling to right field.

The game would head to the tenth, where the Whitecaps would add on the game-winning run. With two outs, the Whitecaps had a runner on first. A single and a walk would load the bases for Luke Sherley. He singled, giving Western Michigan the lead.

The Loons were unable to rally in the bottom of the inning, losing 2-1, and seeing their season come to an end.

Short season Ogden

The Raptors would score in the top of the first. Sadly, it would be their only run of the game, as they fell to the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals) 7-1.

Victor Gonzalez got the start for Ogden, and wouldn’t even last two innings. In just 1 23 innings of work, the left-hander would allow five runs on six hits.



Thursday scores

Redbirds 4, Dodgers 2

Dodgers 5, Redbirds 4

Drillers 6, Travelers 0

Quakes 6, Jethawks 5

Whitecaps 2, Loons 1

Chukars 7, Raptors 1

Friday’s schedule

4:05 pm: Oklahoma City (Logan Bawcom) at Memphis (Chris Ellis)

4:05 pm: Arkansas (TBD) at Tulsa (TBD)

5:30 pm: Grand Junction (TBD) at Ogden (TBD)

7:05 pm: Lancaster (TBD) at Rancho Cucamonga