OKC Takes Series Finale with Sounds

Tuesday, April 19th 2016, 12:05 am
By: News 9

The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored six runs through the first three innings on their way to a 6-2 win against the Nashville Sounds Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The Dodgers (6-5) tallied their first home win of the season in the series finale against the Sounds. They scored a season-high six runs on a season-high 11 hits to end a four-game losing skid in front of a crowd of 3,292.

The Dodgers built a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Micah Johnson and Austin Barnes hit back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Corey Brown then drew a walk to load the bases with none out for Rob Segedin, who hit a RBI single to bring home Johnson for the Dodgers’ first run of the night.

Later with one out, James Ramsey grounded into a force out at second base, allowing Barnes to score for a 2-0 Oklahoma City lead.

Then with Zach Walters up to bat, Ramsey tried to swipe second base, but was caught stealing. Brown scored on the play for a 3-0 Dodgers lead.

Catcher Austin Barnes played his first game with Oklahoma City Monday after being optioned from the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday. In his second at-bat of the night, he hit a RBI double to left field for a 4-0 Dodgers lead in the second inning.

Nashville (5-6) cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 4-1 in the third inning on a RBI double by Jake Smolinski.

Lawton native Rico Noel, an outfielder, played his first game after being sidelined early in the season with an oblique injury, and hit a RBI single to put the Dodgers ahead, 5-1, in the third inning.

With Alex Hassan at third base, Brandon Hicks hit a grounder to Nashville third baseman Renato Nunez, who misplayed the ball and allowed Hassan to score on the error for a 6-1 Dodgers lead.

A sacrifice fly by Nashville’s Matt Olson cut the Oklahoma City lead to 6-2 in the top of the sixth inning, but that would be the final run of the night scored by either team.

Segedin paced the Dodgers’ offense Monday, going 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored. Barnes, Hassan and Hicks each had two hits.

Dodgers starting pitcher Zach Lee (3-0) earned his third win in as many starts, allowing two runs (one earned) and 10 hits. He did not issue a walk and recorded six strikeouts.

Oklahoma City pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao earned his second save of the season.

Nashville starting pitcher Chris Smith (0-2) allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits, walked two and struck out four Oklahoma City batters.

Despite Monday’s loss, the Sounds won the three-game series, which was abbreviated by rain, 2-1.

The Dodgers next open up a four-game series against the Memphis Redbirds at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Dodgers’ current homestand continues through Friday, April 22.

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