OKLAHOMA CITY– The Round Rock Express scored 16 runs between the third and sixth innings to overcome an early four-run deficit and send the Oklahoma City Dodgers to an 18-8 loss Sunday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The teams combined for 26 runs and 36 hits in the final game before the PCL All-Star Break as they wrapped up a five-game series in Oklahoma City.
The 18 runs scored by the Express were the most runs allowed by the Dodgers since Oklahoma City allowed a team-record 24 runs July 22, 2012 in Memphis and tied for the fourth-most runs allowed by the team since rejoining the PCL in 1998. The seven runs Round Rock scored in the sixth inning Sunday were the most allowed by the Dodgers in an inning this season.
The 21 total hits allowed by the Dodgers in the game marked the highest opponent hit total since Oklahoma City allowed 23 hits to El Paso May 19, 2017 in OKC. The 21 hits also tied for the sixth-most allowed by OKC since 1998.
The Express (43-46) hit five home runs and scored in six of nine innings Sunday.
The Dodgers racked up 15 hits in the game and built a 4-0 lead through two innings starting with a two-run homer by Andrew Toles in the first inning.
Henry Ramos led off the bottom of the second inning with a solo homer into the Dodgers bullpen in left-center field.Jake Peter followed with a triple, then scored on a RBI groundout by Connor Joe to boost the Oklahoma City lead to 4-0.
The Express got on the scoreboard in the third inning, scoring three runs.
The Dodgers got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Ramos lined a RBI single into left field for a 5-3 lead.
A two-run homer by Round Rock’s Scott Heineman in the fourth inning knotted the game, 5-5.
The Express broke the tie in the fifth inning with three home runs and then led the rest of the way.
Carlos Perez, on ML rehab assignment from the Texas Rangers, homered out to left field to lead off the fifth inning to give Round Rock a 6-5 advantage. Later with two outs, Hanser Alberto hit a two-run homer out to left field beforeDrew Robinson connected on an inside-the-park home run out to left field for a 9-5 Round Rock advantage.
The Express then racked up seven runs in the sixth inning to open up a 16-5 lead.
The Dodgers (46-39) scored two runs in the seventh inning on a RBI double by Edwin Ríos. He later scored on a passed ball.
With the bases loaded in the eighth inning for the Express, a run scored when Heineman hit into a double play and gave Round Rock a 17-7 advantage.
Ríos hit a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning for the Dodgers’ eighth and final run of the day.
Christian Lopes‘ solo homer out to left field in the top of the ninth inning put the Express in front, 18-8.
The PCL All-Star Break runs Monday-Wednesday before the Dodgers resume play on the road at 7:05 p.m. Thursday against the Round Rock Express at Dell Diamond.
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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