• The Angels' top two Minor League affiliates won their playoff games Thursday night.
Triple-A Salt Lake beat the Mets' Las Vegas affiliate, 5-4, on a second straight walk-off -- this one thanks to Scott Cousins' sac fly -- to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Pacific Conference Championship Series. Double-A Arkansas beat Colorado's Tulsa affiliate, 4-1, to also take a 2-0 lead in its best-of-five series.
Class A Inland Empire lost to the Dodgers' Rancho Cucamonga affiliate, 8-5, to even their series at a game apiece.
• Angels outfielder J.B. Shuck was presented with the Heart and Hustle Award prior to Thursday's series finale against the Rays. The award, presented by Grich -- a former Angels second baseman -- is given to one player per team by the Major League Baseball Players Association in recognition of those who "demonstrate a passion for the game and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.