RENO, Nevada– The Oklahoma City Dodgers broke out of a recent rut, piling up 12 runs over the final five innings of Sunday’s game in a 12-9 win over the Reno Aces at Greater Nevada Field.
Entering Sunday, the Dodgers batted .202 over their previous eight games and scored 19 runs total. It seemed to be more of the same early on, as the Dodgers were held to no runs and one hit through four innings.
OKC turned things around completely starting in the fifth inning. Over their final five at-bats of the day, the Dodgers tallied 12 runs and 17 hits, including eight for extra bases. The 12 runs marked the team’s highest total since a 13-3 win over Nashville May 17, and it also equaled the team’s run total through the first four games of the current road trip. The team’s nine extra-base hits for the game also matched a season high.
Through four innings, neither offense could do much against the opposing starting pitcher. After giving up a leadoff double to start the game, Reno’s Neftali Feliz proceeded to retire 12 straight batters. On the other side, OKC’s Logan Bawcom allowed just two hits through four scoreless frames.
The game took a decided turn in the fifth inning. Edwin Ríos led off with a solo home run. Later with runners at the corners and one out, Bawcom laid down a RBI squeeze bunt to make it 2-0.
Reno (58-55) rallied for five runs in the bottom of the inning, collecting six hits and taking advantage of a few miscues by the Dodgers. After a wild pitch got the Aces on the board, pinch hitter Cody Decker gave Reno the lead with a two-run triple. RBI singles by Ildemaro Vargas and Socrates Brito made it 5-2.
The Dodgers (61-49) responded with four runs in the sixth inning on four consecutive run-scoring hits with two outs. In succession, Andrew Toles hit a RBI single, Kyle Farmer hit a RBI double, Jake Peter smacked a game-tying RBI triple and Connor Joe gave the Dodgers the lead with a pinch-hit RBI single.
In the seventh inning, a RBI triple by Donovan Solano followed by a RBI single by Ríos pushed OKC’s lead to 8-5.
Reno got back within two runs in the eighth inning on a RBI double by Yasmany Tomás. With the tying run at the plate and one out, Brian Schlitter entered the game and retired the next two batters.
The Dodgers added what proved to be four key runs in the top of the ninth. Solano hit an opposite field, three-run homer to right field for his first home run since returning from the Disabled List. Peter delivered a two-out RBI single to make it 12-6.
Schlitter retired the first two batters of the ninth inning before the Aces rallied. Four straight hits followed, included a RBI infield single by Juniel Querecuto and a two-run triple by Rey Fuentes.
Now with the tying run on deck, Schlitter was replaced by Pat Venditte, who struck out Tomás to end the game.
Solano had a team-high three hits, all of which went for extra-bases. He notched a game-high four RBI and scored a game-high three runs. Six other Dodgers finished with two hits, while Ríos and Peter joined Solano with a multi-RBI game.
Bawcom completed four stellar innings before running into trouble in the fifth. He still earned the win, although he ended up being charged with five runs and eight hits. Bawcom (1-1) walked one and notched three strikeouts. Venditte earned his fourth save.
Joel Payamps took the loss for Reno after surrendering six runs and nine hits over three innings.
The Dodgers and Aces meet for the third game of their four-game series at 9:05 p.m. Monday. Live radio coverage begins 15 minutes before first pitch on AM 1340 “The Game,” 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.
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