The Oklahoma City Dodgers picked up their third shutout win of the season in a rain-shortened game Tuesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, defeating the Memphis Redbirds, 4-0, in front of a crowd of 3,828.
Heavy rain started falling in the bottom of the fifth inning. The game went into a rain delay after the final out of the fifth inning, and after a 55-minute delay, was called.
The Dodgers (7-5) picked up a second straight win as they opened a four-game series against the Redbirds.
Dodgers starting pitcher Jharel Cotton (1-1) pitched five scoreless frames, allowing two hits, one walk and recording six strikeouts in his third start of the season.
Cotton entered the season as the No. 10 prospect in the Dodgers organization and with the best changeup, according to Baseball America.
He led the Dodgers to their third shutout of 2016 (through the first 12 games of the season). The shutout also was the team’s second of the young season against the Redbirds (5-6).
The Dodgers scored their first run of the night in the second inning when left fielder James Ramsey hit a fly ball to center field for a RBI triple.
Oklahoma City center fielder Corey Brown hit a one-out double, then scored on a RBI single by Jose Tabata for a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning.
In the fifth inning, Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes tripled to right-center field, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Micah Johnson for a 3-0 Oklahoma City advantage.
Dodgers first baseman Rob Segedin followed with a two-out double to left field, then scored on a RBI single by Brown for a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning.
Memphis starting pitcher J.C. Sulbaran (2-1) allowed four runs on seven hits, walked two and recorded five strikeouts in his first loss of the season.
The Dodgers outhit the Redbirds, 7-2, led by Segedin and Brown who each had two hits.
The Dodgers continue their four-game series against the Redbirds at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Dodgers’ current homestand continues through Friday, April 22.