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Wieland, Dodgers Dominate Tacoma

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The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored runs in each of the first four innings to build a 6-0 lead, and starting pitcher Joe Wieland held the Tacoma Rainiers scoreless through seven innings, on the way to a 9-1 win Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Wieland (9-5) held the Rainiers scoreless through seven frames before surrendering a run in the eighth inning to snap his streak of 16 straight scoreless innings. He allowed six hits and recorded eight strikeouts for his highest strikeout total since his first start of the season April 13 against Nashville when he struck out nine. Wieland moved into a tie with Zach Lee for the team lead with his ninth win of the season.

The win allowed the Dodgers to even their series against the Rainiers, 1-1, and improve to 73-48 on the season in front of a crowd of 6,295.

The Dodgers built a 6-0 lead through four innings and an 8-0 lead through seven innings.

In the bottom of the first inning, Corey Seager hit a two-out double to right field. Andy Wilkins came up to bat next and hit a pop up that Rainiers first baseman Patrick Kivlehan missed, allowing Seager to score and Wilkins to reach first base for a 1-0 Oklahoma City lead.

In the second inning, Scott Schebler led off with a single for Oklahoma City. He stole second base, then scored on a one-out RBI single by O’Koyea Dickson to put the Dodgers ahead, 2-0.

In the third inning, Jose Peraza bunted the ball toward Tacoma pitcher Tyler Olson, whose throw toward first base missed the mark, and allowed Peraza to advance all the way to third base. Peraza then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Wilkins for a 3-0 lead.

Jose Tabata hit a solo home run onto the roof of the Budweiser Deck in left field in the fourth inning to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. The homer was Tabata’s first with Oklahoma City and first since Sept. 20, 2013 while he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Three straight Dodgers doubles followed in the inning. Dickson doubled, then scored on a RBI double by Shawn Zarraga to put Oklahoma City ahead, 5-0. Darnell Sweeney then hit a RBI double to bring home Zarraga for a 6-0 advantage.

Wilkins hit his second sacrifice fly of the night in the seventh inning to bring home Sweeney for a 7-0 lead. Kyle Jensen followed with a two-out RBI single for an 8-0 lead.

The Rainiers (57-65) broke through the shutout in the eighth inning. Jabari Blash doubled then scored when Daniel Paolini singled on a fly ball to left field to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 8-1.

Oklahoma City answered in the bottom of the eighth inning when Dickson ripped a liner to left field for his 10th home run of the season and a 9-1 Oklahoma City lead. He led the Dodgers with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored Sunday.

Seager, Sweeney and Zarraga also recorded multi-hit games, while Wilkins pushed his team-leading RBI total to 59 on the season with two more RBI Sunday.

Making a spot start, Tacoma pitcher Tyler Olson (2-4) was charged with the loss. He allowed six runs (four earned) and eight hits, replacing scheduled starter Edgar Olmos who was a late scratch.

The Dodgers continue their series against the Rainiers at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

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