The Omaha Storm Chasers scored 10 straight runs, including a six-run sixth inning, on the way to a 13-7 win Thursday against the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The win in the series opener between the teams stopped Oklahoma City’s winning streak at seven games in front of a crowd of 5,344.
The Dodgers (49-37) built a 5-2 lead in the third inning before the Storm Chasers scored 10 straight runs to take the lead for good.
Thursday marked the first time the Dodgers allowed a double-digit run total since a 10-0 loss against Nashville June 10 and the first time Oklahoma City allowed more than 11 runs in a game since a 14-3 loss May 24 at Fresno.
Omaha (38-48) scored first in the game that opened a five-game, four-day series between the teams.
In the second inning, Bubba Starling singled to load the bases for Irving Falu with none out. With Falu at the plate, a wild pitch from Dodgers starting pitcher Jharel Cotton allowed Hunter Dozier to score from third base for a 1-0 lead. Falu then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Travis Snider for a 2-0 Omaha advantage.
The Dodgers offense came to life in the bottom of the third inning.
With one out, Micah Johnson singled and stole second base. Austin Barnes then sent a fly ball into right field for a RBI triple, scoring Johnson. Andrew Toles followed with a RBI double to bring home Barnes to tie the game, 2-2.
Rob Segedin’s RBI single gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead before Corey Brown tripled to score Segedin for a 4-2 advantage as Oklahoma City collected five straight hits. Charlie Culberson’s RBI groundout later in the inning pushed the Dodgers out to a 5-2 advantage.
Omaha cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 5-4 in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run single by Balbino Fuenmayor.
The Storm Chasers then scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning after Layne Somsen entered the game to pitch for Oklahoma City.
Falu’s RBI double tied the game, 5-5. The Storm Chasers took the lead on a fielder’s choice and went ahead 7-5 on a RBI single by Parker Morin. A sacrifice bunt and throwing error gave Omaha a three-run advantage before Angel Franco’s two-run single extended Omaha to a 10-5 lead.
Falu’s two-run homer into left-center field gave the Storm Chasers a 12-5 lead in the seventh inning.
The Dodgers added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a RBI single from Toles to cut Omaha’s lead to 12-6.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the eighth inning for O’Koyea Dickson, who hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field, caught at the wall by Starling, to cut Omaha’s lead to 12-7.
Jorge Bonifacio’s RBI single in the top of the ninth inning extended Omaha’s lead to 13-7.
Somsen (0-1) was charged with the loss, allowing six runs (two earned) on five hits in one inning with one walk and one strikeout.
Omaha pitcher Yender Caramo (1-0) got the win, allowing one run and four hits over 3.2 innings with no walks and two strikeouts.
The teams combined for 27 hits in the game, as the Storm Chasers outhit Oklahoma City, 15-12.
The Dodgers’ series against the Omaha Storm Chasers continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.