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Jacob Amaya hits walk-off homer to keep Quakes season alive

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Ogden also scored 21 runs

Jacob Amaya
Jacob Amaya
Steve Saenz ~ Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Jacob Amaya kept the Quakes’ postseason hopes alive, and Ogden put up 21 runs.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers took a 2-1 series lead as they defeated the Arkansas Travelers, 6-1. Cody Thomas led the way for Tulsa, as he went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. His first RBI came in the second inning, when his single gave the Drillers the early 1-0 lead.

After the Travelers tied the game in the fifth, Tulsa responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. An error and two walks loaded the bases for Thomas, who doubled in two runs. Donovan Casey followed with a sacrifice fly, giving his team the three-run edge. The Drillers would score another run in the sixth, and then one more in the eighth.

Markus Solbach got the start, giving the Drillers 5 13 innings of one-run ball. He struck out four and walked two. Michael Boyle and Shea Spitzbarth combined to throw 3 23 of scoreless relief, combining to strike out four and issue no walks.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga

A walk-off home run from Jacob Amaya capped off a ninth-inning comeback, as the Quakes avoided elimination as they defeated the Storm, 6-5. Entering the bottom of the inning trailing a run, Starling Heredia led off the inning with a solo homer to tie the game at five. Amaya then followed with a solo shot of his own, cutting Rancho’s series deficit to 2-1.

The Quakes fell behind early as the Storm scored three runs in the second. Rancho responded an inning later, putting up a three-spot of their own to take the 4-3 lead. The Storm would tack one on in the seventh and then one in the ninth, ultimately taking the lead, needing just three outs for the series win.

Single-A Great Lakes

The pitching held the Captains scoreless, as they picked up the 5-0 victory, advancing them to the MWL Eastern Division Finals. Jose Chacin led the way for Great Lakes, as he threw seven shutout innings. He struck out three while allowing only three hits.

The offense mostly came from Brandon Lewis, who drove in four of the Loons’ five runs. His RBI came courtesy of the long ball, as he hit a three-run homer in the second and then a solo shot in the seventh.

Short-season Ogden

The Raptors had an offensive explosion, as they defeated the Owlz 21-5. As a team, Ogden hit six home runs, and 12 of their 19 hits were for extra bases.

Jon Littell led the way, driving in six runs while going 4-for-5 at the plate. Andy Pages followed with four RBI of his own, adding three hits at the dish.

Friday scores

Tulsa 6, Arkansas 1

Quakes 6, Storm 5

Lakes 5, Captains 0

Ogden 21, Orem 5

Saturday schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lake Loons (TBA) at South Bend Cubs (TBA)

5:05 p.m. PT: Arkansas Travelers (Ljay Newsome) at Tulsa Drillers (TBA)

5:35 p.m. PT: Ogden Raptors (TBA) at Orem Owlz (TBA)

7:05 p.m. PT: Lake Elsinore Storm (Adrian Martinez) at Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (TBA)