Loons closer to a title, OKC Dodgers’ hopes fade

By Cary Osborne

One Dodger minor league partner is one win away from a league championship, while the other saw it season end Saturday night.

The Dodgers’ Single-A partner the Great Lakes Loons defeated the Clinton LumberKings (Mariners) 4-0 at their home park Dow Diamond on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series.

Game 4 is Saturday at Dow Diamond with the dominant Yadier Alvarez (2.12 ERA, 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings) getting the start.

Starter Caleb Ferguson didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and combined with Andrew Istler and Shea Spitzbarth to combine for a three-hit shutout.

The Loons had only four hits and scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the sixth. Second baseman and 2016 33rd-rounder Zach McKinstry hit a two-run double.

El Paso 4, Oklahoma City 3, 11 innings: Things unraveled for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers in the top of the 11th inning and they lost 4-3 to the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres) in Game 4 of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series. The Dodgers lost the series 3-1. They made miscues on two bunts in the 11th that led to the go-ahead run for El Paso.

The Dodgers tied the score 3-3 in the seventh after Alex Verdugo knocked in a run with a groundout. Will Venable went 3 for 4 with a solo home run.

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