The Iowa Cubs broke a tie in the top of the eighth inning on a RBI double by Juan Perez for a 6-5 win against the Oklahoma City Dodgers in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Rain then moved into downtown Oklahoma City forcing the postponement of Sunday’s second game.
The teams will now play a doubleheader starting at 4:35 p.m. Monday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Gates will open at 4 p.m.
Fans with tickets to Sunday’s game will be able to redeem their ticket for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any remaining game of the Dodgers 2016 season, based upon availability. Fans must redeem their tickets in person at the Dodgers ticket office at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Before the rain started falling Sunday evening, the Dodgers and I-Cubs extended into extra innings in the scheduled seven-inning game.
Iowa’s Dan Vogelbach led off the second inning with a solo home run to center field for his fourth homer of the season against the Dodgers to give Iowa the first lead.
Later in the inning with two outs, David Freitas hit a RBI double and Iowa added another run on a fielding error by Dodgers shortstop Charlie Culberson for a 3-0 advantage.
The Dodgers (41-34) cut into Iowa’s lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out RBI double by James Ramsey that made the score, 3-1.
Oklahoma City’s Alex Hassan hit a deep fly ball to right-center field for a RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut Iowa’s lead to 3-2.
Iowa (36-38) loaded the bases with none out in the top of the sixth inning. Mike Bolsinger then came into the game to pitch, replacing starter Jharel Cotton, and struck out the first batter he faced before Vimael Machin drew a bases-loaded walk to put Iowa ahead, 4-3. With the bases loaded again, David Freitas hit a sacrifice fly for a 5-3 I-Cubs advantage.
O’Koyea Dickson belted a solo homer over the LED board in left field to cut Iowa’s lead to 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Dodgers later tied the game, 5-5, on a squeeze bunt by Jack Murphy that scored Micah Johnson from third base.
Iowa threatened to take the lead with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Mark Zagunis and Vogelbach hit back-to-back singles. Zagunis then advanced to third base and Vogelbach to second base on a throwing error by OKC’s Culberson. OKC pitcher Luis Avilan then intentionally walked Jaimer Candelario to load the bases for Kristopher Negrón, who lined out to end the scoring threat and keep the game tied, 5-5.
The Dodgers moved the winning run into scoring position in the bottom of the seventh inning. Culberson singled toward second base and advanced to second on a groundout by Rob Segedin. Zach Walters popped out to second base for the second out of the inning. Dickson was intentionally walked to put runners at first and second base with two outs for Micah Johnson, who grounded into a fielder’s choice and Dickson was forced out at second base.
A RBI double by Iowa's Perez in the top of the eighth inning gave Iowa a 6-5 lead and ended up being the game-winning run.
The Dodgers put the tying run in scoring position when Hassan doubled to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning, but Iowa pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser retired the next three batters for his first save of the season with the I-Cubs.
Iowa starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny (4-1) earned the win for Iowa, allowing five runs and five hits over 7.0 innings. He allowed three walks and recorded three strikeouts.
Dodgers pitcher Avilan (0-3) was charged with the loss, allowing the winning run and four hits over two innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Iowa outhit the Dodgers, 9-7, in the game as they evened up the five-game series between the teams, 1-1.
The series between the teams continues with a doubleheader starting at 4:35 p.m. Monday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The doubleheader will consist of two seven-inning games.