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Drillers lose, face must-win Game 5 in finals

September 14, 2019

Here’s a look at the top performances of the past week by Dodgers prospects in the Minor Leagues:

Here’s a look at the top performances of the past week by Dodgers prospects in the Minor Leagues:

Top prospect performers

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Saturday, Sept. 14: Drillers and Raptors face winner-take-all games in finals
Double-A Tulsa was unable to clinch the Texas League championship against Amarillo on Saturday night and will now have to win on Sunday afternoon in a winner-take-all Game 5.

The Drillers fell behind in the first inning and were shut out, losing by a final score of 3-0. Tulsa did collect seven hits, but was unable to string anything together and Cristian Santana, the Dodgers’ No. 23 prospect, was the only player on his team to collect multiple hits. He finished 2-for-3.

The Ogden Raptors dropped Game 2 of the Pioneer League finals and will now host a winner-take-all Game 3 on Sunday evening.

Marco Hernandez, whom the Dodgers signed out of Venezuela in 2015, hit a solo homer in the second inning, but the Raptors’ offense never really got into rhythm. Ogden totaled two runs on four hits and eventually lost 6-2. Saturday's prospect stats »

Friday, Sept. 13: Wong leads Tulsa to Game 3 win
Connor Wong, the Dodgers’ No. 28 prospect, has been red-hot throughout the playoffs and that trend continued Friday night as he led Double-A Tulsa to a win in Game 3 of the Texas League finals. The Drillers now lead the best-of-five series, 2-1.

Wong, who hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning that proved to be the only offense in the entire game, finished 1-for-3 at the plate and has also reached base in all eight postseason games. The 23-year-old, a third-round pick from the 2017 Draft, is hitting .260 in the playoffs and an even .500 through the first three games of the series.

Wong began the season with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and after hitting .247 over 71 games, he was promoted to Tulsa and subsequently caught fire, batting .349 over the final 40 games of the year.

On the mound, Markus Solbach was lights out and struck out six over eight scoreless innings.

Ogden took a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three Pioneer League Finals with a 5-3 win over Idaho Falls.

The Raptors fell behind 3-0 in the third inning, but battled back with runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Andy Pages and Marco Hernandez led the offense with two hits each, while three separate players drove in runs. The Raptors also took advantage of some Idaho Falls mistakes and scored a pair of unearned runs. Friday's prospect stats »

Wednesday, Sept. 11: Downs homers three times in wild win
Jeter Downs deposited the first pitch of the game over the left-field wall and went on to hit three of Double-A Tulsa’s single-game franchise record (since 1905) nine home runs as the Drillers doubled up Amarillo, 18-9, to even the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series at 1-1.

The Drillers scored in all but two innings and pushed across multiple runs in five frames, including each of the first three innings. Of their 18 hits, 13 were for extra bases.

Downs, the Dodgers’ No. 6 prospect, had a monster game, going 4-for-5 with a career-high five runs and a double to go along with his trio of dingers. He reached base five times from the leadoff spot. Acquired in the offseason trade that sent Yasiel Puig and others to Cincinnati, Downs was one of 10 Minor Leaguers to record at least 20 homers and 20 steals during the regular season. In 119 games between Tulsa and Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, the 21-year-old shortstop produced a .276/.362/.526 line with 24 homers, 35 doubles and 24 steals.

Donovan Casey, another member of this year’s 20-20 club (23-22), went deep twice for the Drillers, hitting a solo homer in the first inning followed by a three-run shot in the third. The 23-year-old outfielder finished the game 4-for-6 with four runs and four RBIs. Cody Thomas (solo), Chris Parmelee (two-run), Carlos Rincon (solo) and Omar Estevez (two-run) hit Tulsa’s other four home runs. Thomas and Estevez (Dodgers’ No. 15) both recorded two hits and three RBIs.

Connor Wong (No. 28) didn’t go deep but still turned in a big performance from the No. 2 spot in the lineup, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, four runs and two RBIs. Wednesday's prospect stats »

Tuesday, Sept. 10: Wong homers in Tulsa loss
No. 28 prospect Connor Wong fueled Double-A Tulsa’s late comeback with a game-tying three-run homer in the eighth inning, only to watch as the Drillers’ bullpen surrendered seven runs in the bottom of the frame to drop Game 1 of the best-of-five Texas League finals to Amarillo, 13-7. Wong’s dinger was the last of the four homers hit by Tulsa in the Game 1 loss.

Cody Thomas, Omar Estevez and Donovan Casey hit the others, though all three were solo shots. Estevez, the Dodgers’ No. 15 prospect, and Casey both finished the game 2-for-4.

Starter Josiah Gray (Dodgers’ No. 4, MLB No. 99) struggled against a loaded Sod Poodles lineup, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision. He still managed to complete six innings while throwing 57 of 90 pitches for strikes. Tuesday's prospect stats »

Monday, Sept. 9: Ogden advances to Pioneer League finals
Andy Pages hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and Sauryn Lao delivered a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth as Ogden walked off Grand Junction, 6-5, in 10 innings to advance to the Pioneer League finals. Pages, an 18-year-old outfielder who signed with Los Angeles in March 2018, went 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk. During the regular season, he finished second in the Pioneer League home run race (19) and slashed .298/.398/.651 in 63 games. Second baseman Jeremy Arocho paced the Raptors from atop the lineup by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk, and Lao finished 2-for-5. The Raptors will take on the winner of Billings-Idaho Falls in the finals. Monday's prospect stats »

Sunday, Sept. 8: Drillers advance to finals
Double-A Tulsa clinched a spot in the Texas League Championship Series with a 5-1 win over Arkansas on Sunday. No. 21 prospect Edwin Uceta earned the win for Tulsa with six innings of one-run ball, striking out five, while No. 6 prospect Jeter Downs reached base three times as he went 1-for-2 with a single and two walks. Downs is coming off a strong season split between Class A Advanced and Double-A, where he hit a combined .276 with 24 home runs and an .888 OPS. Game 1 of the championship series is scheduled for Sept. 10.

The Ogden Raptors opened the Pioneer League First Round series against Grand Junction with a 2-1 victory on Sunday. The Dodgers’ Rookie Advanced affiliate matched the Rockies run for run in the sixth inning and added a clutch run in the top of the ninth via an Andrew Shaps pinch-hit home run to eventually secure the victory. Jacob Cantleberry, a 13th-round pick from this summer’s MLB Draft, earned the win with an inning of scoreless relief. The Raptors are now a game away from advancing to the finals. Sunday's prospect stats »