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Dodgers Can't Overcome Slow Start, Fall To River Cats

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The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored three runs in the ninth inning, but the late offense was not enough in a 7-3 loss to the Sacramento River Cats Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The River Cats (25-29) took a 2-0 lead in their series against the Dodgers, who lost a third straight game in front of a crowd of 4,082.

Sacramento held a 7-0 lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning.

Corey Seager led off the bottom of the ninth with a double for Oklahoma City, and scored to break up the shutout on a RBI single to center from O'Koyea Dickson. Andy Wilkins followed with his fifth home run of the season – a two-run shot that hit off the front of the upper deck in right field – to cut the River Cats' lead to 7-3 with none out.

Sacramento reliever Jake Dunning then retired the next three Dodgers batters to end the game.

The River Cats took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Juan Perez homered over the LED board in left field to lead off for Sacramento.

Oklahoma City's Darnell Sweeney singled on a bunt grounder in the bottom of the first, then stole second for his 20th stolen base of the season.

Jarrett Parker singled for Sacramento in the fourth inning with two outs and Travis Ishikawa scored from second base. Center fielder Scott Schebler fielded Parker's line drive. His throw home to catcher Austin Barnes was in time, but Ishikawa was ruled safe by home plate umpire Billy Cunha after a high tag by Barnes to give the River Cats a 2-0 advantage.

A two-run single to left by Ishikawa put Sacramento ahead, 4-0, in the fifth.

The River Cats added three more runs in the ninth inning on a RBI single to center from Juan Perez, a RBI double to right by Kevin Frandsen and RBI single to right by Casey McGehee for a seven-run lead.

River Cats starting pitcher Ty Blach (5-5) threw 8.0 innings, and allowed two runs on eight hits. He did not issue a walk and recorded seven strikeouts.

Oklahoma City starter Matt Shelton (0-1) was charged with the loss. He allowed two runs on three hits over 4.0 innings.

The Dodgers have scored just 13 runs through the first six games of the current homestand and Wednesday marked the second time in three games Oklahoma City allowed at least seven runs in a loss.

The Dodgers continue their series against the Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Tomorrow is a Two-Dollar Thursday and fans can enjoy soft drinks, bottled water and select 16-ounce beers for just $2.

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