Triple-A Dodgers get even, Low-A Loons get odd with 15 runs
By Cary Osborne
The Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers got six strong innings from Logan Bawcom and evened up their Pacific Coast League playoff series 1-1 with Nashville with a 5-2 win on Thursday in Oklahoma City.
Bawcom, a 27-year-old right-hander, allowed three hits and one run, while striking out six and walking two. On the season, he has a 1.89 ERA in 95 innings with the Triple-A Dodgers.
Reigning PCL Player of the Week O’Koyea Dickson homered in his third consecutive game with a two-run shot in the third inning.
The best-of-five American Conference Finals series now heads to Nashville on Friday where Texas League Pitcher of the Year and recent callup from Double-A Tulsa Chase De Jong starts for Oklahoma City.
Low-A Great Lakes pounded Bowling Green 15-1 on Thursday in Game 1 of the Midwest League Eastern Division Semifinals to complete Wednesday’s suspended Game 1, which was halted by rain.
According to Loons manager of communications Matt DeVries, it’s the most runs in Loons playoff history and largest margin of victory. Seven of the nine batters in the Loons’ lineup drove in a run, including catcher Jake Henson, who plated four. Right fielder Gage Green fell a homer short of the cycle and went 4 for 4. Game 2 is today at Bowling Green.
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes also had an offensive explosion. The problem was, so did the other team. Rancho lost 17-11 in Game 2 of the California League South Division Semifinals and are tied 1-1 in the best-of-five series with the Lancaster JetHawks.
Andre Ethier continued his rehab assignment with the Quakes and went 2 for 3 with two singles. Second baseman Noah Perio hit two homers and outfielder Johan Mieses hit his 29th homer of the year.
Game 3 is in Lancaster on Friday.