Dilson Herrera hit a home run on the first pitch of Monday’s game and helped the Las Vegas 51s build a quick 6-0 lead through two innings as they sent the Oklahoma City Dodgers to an eventual 12-4 loss at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The 51s built an eight-run lead through four innings and Las Vegas compiled a 12-0 lead in the top of the ninth inning before Oklahoma City scored four runs in the bottom of the frame to avoid a shutout in front of a crowd of 3,626.
Las Vegas starting pitcher Duane Below (2-3) held the Dodgers scoreless and to three hits over seven innings as the 51s took a 2-1 advantage in the series between the teams.
Herrera got the 51s’ offense off to a quick start when he drilled the first pitch of the game onto the concourse beyond the Budweiser Deck in left field for a 1-0 Las Vegas lead.
The 51s quickly added five more runs in the top of the second inning.
Former Oklahoma City RedHawk Marc Krauss hit a two-run homer just over the left field fence to boost the 51s to a 3-0 advantage. T.J. Rivera later brought home two more runs for Las Vegas on a double down the left field line for a 5-0 lead. Travis Taijeron hit a two-out single to left field to score another run for a 6-0 advantage.
A RBI double by T.J. Rivera and a RBI single by Taijeron pushed the 51s in front, 8-0, in the fourth inning.
A double from Johnny Monell in the sixth inning extended Las Vegas’ lead to 9-0.
Two Dodgers position players pitched in the top of the ninth inning. Oklahoma City second baseman Zach Walters took the mound first and got two quick fly outs, but the 51s then loaded the bases and Johnny Monell drew a bases-loaded walk to put Last Vegas ahead, 10-0. A two-run double by Taijeron put Las Vegas in front, 12-0.
Oklahoma City first baseman Alex Hassan then took over on the mound for the Dodgers. He walked Roger Bernadina before striking out Ty Kelly for the final out.
In the bottom of the frame, Hassan hit a bases-loaded single with one out for the Dodgers’ first run of the night. With the bases loaded again and with one out, Rico Noel hit a bases-clearing triple to cut Las Vegas’ lead to 12-4.
Monday marked the third time this season a Dodgers opponent scored 10 or more runs in a game and the 51s outhit Oklahoma City, 16-7.
Below earned his second win of the season, allowing one walk and recording five strikeouts for the 51s.
Oklahoma City starting pitcher Jeremy Kehrt (3-3) allowed eight runs and 10 hits over 4.1 innings in his third loss of the season. He walked three and struck out four.
The series between the teams concludes at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday with a field trip day game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
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