Dodgers Fall In Extras To Storm Chasers

Wednesday, June 15th 2016, 4:34 pm
By: News 9

Omaha broke a tie in the top of the 12th inning, scoring the go-ahead run on an OKC Dodgers error for an eventual 6-5 Storm Chasers win Wednesday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

With the game tied, 5-5, Omaha’s Hunter Dozier hit a one-out double in the 12th inning and advanced to third when Tony Cruz hit a fly ball to right field that was caught for the second out.

Parker Morin then connected on a grounder toward Dodgers second baseman Micah Johnson who misplayed the ball, allowing Dozier to score the go-ahead run on the Dodgers’ third error of the game.

The win was the first of the series for the Storm Chasers, who snapped an eight-game losing skid in front of a crowd of 5,564.

The Storm Chasers (28-36) scored runs in five of the first seven innings to build a 5-3 lead.

Oklahoma City’s Charlie Culberson hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game, 5-5, and eventually send the game into extra innings.

Wednesday was the Dodgers’ sixth extra-inning game of the season and they fell to 2-4 in those games with the loss.

Omaha took the first lead of the day in the first inning.

Dozier hit a sharp grounder that got past Dodgers shortstop Brandon Hicks and into left field for a RBI single to score Ramon Torres from third base and give Omaha a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

The Dodgers (33-31) answered in the bottom of the first inning. First baseman Zach Walters hit a two-out single then scored on a RBI double by Corey Brown to tie the game, 1-1.

Omaha regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning on Orlando Calixte’s two-out RBI double to give the Storm Chasers a 2-1 advantage.

The Dodgers tied the game again, 2-2, in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jack Murphy struck out swinging and Johnson ran toward third base. Omaha pitcher Benino Pruneda threw toward third, but his throw was offline and sailed into left field. Johnson stole third, then scored to knot the game on the play.

Torres singled to lead off the fifth inning. Brett Eibner then followed with a RBI double to center field to regain the lead for Omaha, 3-2.

The Storm Chasers took a two-run lead in the sixth inning. Irving Falu hit a two-out single and scored on a RBI single by Torres for a 4-2 lead.

Hicks homered for the second straight game, belting a solo shot down the left field line to cut Omaha’s lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The home run was his third of the season.

Dozier’s solo home run put Omaha in front, 5-3, in the seventh.

With runners at first and second base and none out in the seventh inning, Culberson hit a sharp grounder into left field for a two-run double to tie the game, 5-5.

Omaha reliever Brooks Pounders (4-1) got the win, holding the Dodgers scoreless over the final 3.2 innings and allowing one hit. He issued one walk and struck out seven batters.

The Dodgers struck out a season-high 17 times Wednesday.

Dodgers pitcher Logan Bawcom (1-3) was charged with the loss.

The Dodgers conclude their series against the Omaha Storm Chasers at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Oklahoma City leads the series, 2-1.