Playoffs: 'Topes and Loons Open at Home

The Dodgers have three of their seven minor league clubs qualified for post-season play. Albuquerque (80-64), led Tim Wallach, starts its best-of-five first-round series vs. Memphis (Cardinals). Great Lakes (81-59), led by manager Juan Bustabad, begins their best-of-three series vs. West Michigan (Tigers). Ogden (41-31), led by manager Damon Berryhill, begin the Pioneer League playoffs Saturday.

Isotopes Open at Home
Albuquerque plays the first two games at home with LHP Eric Stults (5-4, 5.20 ERA) facing LHP Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.86) of Memphis. After the second game the scene switched to Tennessee for the final three games, if necessary.

Great Lakes at West Michigan
The Loons host West Michigan for the first game of the opening round in a three-game playoff with the Dodgers #1 selection in the 2009 draft Aaron Miller facing Casey Crosby. The second and third game, if needed, will be on the road.

Orem Home Run tops Raptors
As lead-off home run in the bottom of the ninth broke a 6-6 tie and lifted Orem to a 7-6 win over the Raptors in the only game played in the Los Angeles minor leagues. The game is the opener of a four-game series before the two meet in the first round of the playoffs Saturday.

Even with league-leading hitter Brian Ruggiano sitting with a hand injury and Most Valuable Player Brian Cavazos-Galvez sidelined with back stiffness, the Raptors jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the third.

Lenell McGee led off with a triple, one of his three hits, and scored on Austin Yount's ground ball. J.T. Wise slugged his eighth homer of the season in the second.

The Raptors added four in the third, Clay Calfee's ground ball and Angel Songco's RBI single scoring the first two before a two-out single from Pedro Guerrero made it 6-0.

Starter Brett Wallach was tagged with four runs in the bottom of the third before calling it a night because of a high pitch count. He walked four and struck out four in 3.0 innings.

Carlos Frias took over and worked the next 3.2 innings, but the Owlz scored once in the fourth off of him, and then again in the seventh to tie the score. Nick Gaudi came on to record a strike out with the bases loaded to escape further damage.

The Raptors had two runners thrown at the plate in the fifth.

Gaudi (2-4) pitched the eighth inning and stayed on for the ninth and grooved a 2-0 pitch that was hit over the center field wall to end the game.

Orem and Ogden meet again tonight.

 Score by Innings
Ogden	114 000 000-6
Orem	004 100 101-7

 Ogden  	ab r  h  bi  ave
McGee cf	5  2  3  1  .277
Yount 3b	5  1  1  1  .265
Calfee dh	5  0  1  1  .333
Songco lf	4  1  2  1  3.13
Wise c        	4  2  2  1  .343
Smith rf	5  0  1  0  .206
Jacobs 1b	3  0  1  0  .283
Guerrero ss	4  0  2  2  .260
Hernandez 2b	4  0  0  0  .290
 Totals 	39  6 13  6
 Orem	        32  7 11  6

 Error- Wallach (1). 2B- Yount (6), Wise
(9), Songco (10). 3B- McGee (2). HR- Wise
(8). RBI- Yount (20), Wise (23), Calfee
(10), Songco (28), Guerrero 2 (27).
LOB- Ogden 9, Orem 9. DP- Yount, Hernandez
and Jacobs 2.	
 Ogden 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Wallach 	3.0  5  4-4  4  4  5.23
Frias	        3.2  5  2-2  3  2  3.52
Gaudi (2-4)	1.1  1  1-1  0  3  2.96
 WP- Wallach 2, Martinez. HBP- by Frias. 
T- 3:05. Att- 2,517.