Loons head to championship series, Anderson heads to Oklahoma City
By Cary Osborne
Jubilation on one end and frustration on the other.
The Low-A Great Lakes Loons made the Midwest League Championship Series for the first time in their 10-year history with a 5-2 win on Tuesday to take their series with West Michigan (Detroit Tigers) two games to one.
The Loons trailed 2-0 going into the top of the seventh, but scored one in the seventh and two in the eighth and ninth innings.
Dodgers No. 12 prospect Omar Estevez clubbed a two-run homer in the eighth to give the Loons a 3-2 lead. The Loons then received a gift in the ninth when Gage Green struck out with two outs but reached first base safely on a wild pitch. Brendon Davis, who was 3 for 5, singled in a run and the Loons added another score on a wild pitch.
The Loons will play the Clinton LumberKings (Seattle Mariners) in Game 1 of the MLCS on Wednesday in a best-of-five series.
Clinton was the top team in the Midwest League during the regular season with a .614 winning percentage. Great Lakes had a .464 winning percentage.
At the top of Dodgers’ minor league chain, the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers led 5-0 through two innings and 5-4 going into the bottom of the eighth in Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series before ultimately losing 7-5 to El Paso (San Diego Padres). El Paso scored three in the eighth to take the lead for good.
Micah Johnson collected two more hits to give him 12 in six postseason games.
Dave Roberts told reporters Tuesday, as reported here by the Times’ Andy McCullough, that Brett Anderson will get a rehab start in Game 3 of the series on Friday. That’s when the best-of-five series shifts to Oklahoma City. Game 2 is Wednesday.