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Dodgers Drop Opening Game Against Cubs

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Despite a hot start by the Dodgers behind Kyle Jensen's first inning home run, Oklahoma City failed to score a run in the final eight frames in a 9-3 loss to the Iowa Cubs Monday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The I-Cubs (78-58) broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning and scored runs in five of the final six frames to win the series opener between the American Northern Division foes in front of a crowd of 4,089.

With the win, second-place Iowa cut first-place Oklahoma City’s lead down to three games in the division standings. Omaha lost to Colorado Springs Monday and remains 4.5 games back in third place.

The I-Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the first inning. Oklahoma City pitcher Julio Urias, who was making his Triple-A debut, then walked Arismendy Alcantara to give Iowa a 1-0 lead. Mike Baxter followed with a two-run single to put Iowa ahead, 3-0.

Iowa loaded the bases again later in the inning with a walk to Luke Carlin, but Iowa pitcher Felipe Paulino struck out to end the inning.

Urias, who was called up to Oklahoma City from Double-A Tulsa Monday, pitched one inning in his team debut. He allowed three runs and two hits, issued four walks and struck out two.

The Dodgers (81-55) pitching staff went on to issue 12 walks Monday night, tying the team record for walks in a single game for the second time this season. Oklahoma City also issued 12 walks June 1 in a 14-1 loss to Fresno and in a 10-3 loss to New Orleans May 23, 2001.

Jensen tied up the game in the bottom of the third inning on one swing. He hit a three-run home run – his 17th homer of the season – that landed on the concourse behind the OKC Dodgers bullpen in left center field.

Dodgers reliever Juan Jaime entered the game to pitch two scoreless innings before being replaced by Chris Anderson for the top of the fourth inning.

Iowa broke the tie in the top of the fourth inning when Taylor Davis connected on a two-run single to give the I-Cubs a 5-3 advantage.

Iowa added a run in the top of the fifth inning without a hit. Alcantara drew a walk to lead off the inning. He advanced to second base on a passed ball and took third on a fly out to right field. He then scored on a wild pitch by Anderson to give Iowa a 6-3 advantage.

Christian Villanueva hit a RBI single in the top of the sixth inning to put Iowa ahead, 7-3.

Iowa loaded the bases in the top of the eighth inning and Taylor Davis drew a bases-loaded walk for an 8-3 lead.

A RBI double by Luke Carlin extended Iowa to a 9-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning.

Anderson (0-2) was charged with the loss on the mound for the Dodgers, allowing three runs on three hits over 2.0 innings.

Iowa starting pitcher Felipe Paulino (5-8) earned the win. He held the Dodgers to three runs and four hits over five innings. He walked three and recorded three strikeouts. The I-Cubs bullpen then followed with four scoreless innings.

The Dodgers continue their series against the Iowa Cubs with a doubleheader Tuesday, starting at 4:35 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

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