FRESNO, Calif.–Alex Verdugo‘s RBI in the top of the 10th inning broke a tie and Joe Broussard sealed the win by striking out the side in the bottom of the frame for a 5-4 Oklahoma City Dodgers win in 10 innings against the Fresno Grizzlies Monday night at Chukchansi Park.
Oklahoma City and Fresno entered the ninth inning in a 2-2 tie. Each team then scored two runs in the ninth to force extra innings as the Dodgers wrapped up a four-game series against the Grizzlies, as well as their seven-game West Coast road trip.
The Dodgers and Grizzlies split the series, 2-2, and Oklahoma City finished the road trip with a 4-3 record.
Andrew Toles started the 10th inning on second base for the Dodgers due to the new extra-inning rules in Minor League Baseball this season. He advanced to third on an error, then scored when Verdugo collected a RBI by grounding into a force out at second base for a 5-4 Dodgers lead.
The Dodgers (37-23) took the game’s first lead in the second inning.
Edwin Ríos led off the second inning by drawing a walk. He advanced to third base on a one-out error and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Rob Segedin to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Fresno (38-26) knotted the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the inning when Mayfield connected on a solo homer with two outs to center field.
A home run regained the lead for the Dodgers in the third inning. Travis Taijeron connected on his fifth homer of the season on a fly ball to right-center field for a 2-1 Oklahoma City advantage.
The Grizzlies had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Jon Kemmer tripled and later with one out,Kyle Tucker hit a fly ball to shallow left field. Toles caught the ball and threw to catcher Kyle Farmer, who was able to tag out Kemmer at the plate to complete a double play and end the inning and keep Oklahoma City in the lead.
Fresno tied the game in the fifth inning. Derek Fisher led off with a walk, then scored on a RBI double by Mayfield to even the score at 2-2.
The Dodgers had runners at the corners in the top of the seventh, but were unable to score. The Grizzlies put runners at the corners in the bottom of the eighth, but were unable to score.
Oklahoma City broke the tie in the top of the ninth inning.
Ríos reached second base on an error to lead off. Grizzlies pitcher James Hoyt then retired the next two Dodgers before Segedin connected on fly ball to center field that hit off the wall and landed for a RBI double to bring home Ríos for a 3-2 Dodgers lead. Angelo Mora followed with a RBI single to score Segedin for a 4-2 Oklahoma City advantage. Segedin led the Dodgers with two hits and two RBI Monday.
Broussard entered the game to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning and Derek Fisher led off with a walk. With one out, Garrett Stubbs singled to put runners at the corners. Kemmer followed with a RBI double to cut the Dodgers’ lead to 4-3.
Broussard intentionally walked Drew Ferguson to load the bases with one out. Kyle Tucker followed and lined a single into center field to tie the game, 4-4. Broussard then got Tyler White to hit into an inning-ending double play. White hit a grounder to third baseman Segedin, who threw home to catcher Kyle Farmer for a force out and Farmer then threw to Ríos at first base to complete a double play and send the game to extra innings.
Fresno reliever Andrew Thome (4-2) allowed the eventual winning run in the top of the 10th inning and was charged with the loss.
The Grizzlies outhit the Dodgers, 8-6, in the series finale.
After a league-wide off day Tuesday, the Dodgers return home to open a seven-game homestand with a three-game series against the Salt Lake Bees at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
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