Dodgers Continue Hot Start with 6-3 Win
Round Rock, Texas - The Oklahoma City Dodgers closed out their road series against the Round Rock Express with a 6-3 win Friday night at Dell Diamond to add to their best-ever start to a season.
The Dodgers won three of four games in Round Rock, including the final two, and have now won 11 of their last 12 games to improve to 12-2 on the season. Oklahoma City's 12 wins through the first 14 games mark the best start to a season since the team rejoined the PCL in 1998.
Oklahoma City never trailed in Friday's game, while holding the Express to just three hits on the night - a season low for a Dodgers opponent.
The Dodgers took the lead quickly in the first inning. Tim Locastro and Donovan Solano led off the game with back-to-back singles and Locastro later crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Rob Segedin for a 1-0 Dodgers lead.
The Dodgers added to their lead in the third inning. Locastro drew a one-out walk and Solano followed with a double. After an Express pitching change, both players came around to score on a single by Alex Verdugo that deflected off Round Rock first baseman Tommy Joseph's glove and into shallow right field for a 3-0 Oklahoma City lead.
Locastro has now scored at least one run in six straight games. He entered the game leading the PCL in runs scored and boosted his total to 18 runs scored this season with two more Friday.
Verdugo has now collected at least one RBI in a career-best seven straight games and has 12 total RBI during the stretch.
Round Rock (4-12) tied the game in the sixth inning with all three of its runs coming on one swing as a three-run home run by Destin Hood evened the score at 3-3.
Jake Peter led off the seventh inning for Oklahoma City and was hit by a pitch. Breyvic Valera followed with a single. Later with one out, Peter scored when Rocky Gale hit a sacrifice fly. Then with Locastro batting, Round Rock pitcher Connor Sadzeck threw a wild pitch that allowed Valera to score from third base for a 5-3 Dodgers advantage.
Valera's RBI single in the eighth inning extended the Dodgers' lead to 6-3.
Locastro, Solano, Peter and Valera each collected two hits apiece for the Dodgers who totaled 10 hits on the night.
Pitcher Tyler Pill started for the Dodgers in his team and organizational debut after being acquired by the Dodgers in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations April 17. Pill pitched 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks with two strikeouts.
After the Express tied the game, the Dodgers bullpen retired 10 of the final 12 Express batters, as relievers Edward Paredes, Daniel Hudson and Brian Schlitter combined to keep the Express scoreless and hitless over the final 2.1 innings with four strikeouts. C.C. Lee (2-0) was credited with the win for Oklahoma City. Round Rock pitcher David Hurlbut (0-2) was charged with the loss.
The Dodgers continue their road trip and open a three-game series against the New Orleans Baby Cakes at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Shrine on Airline.
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WP: Hurlbut; Sadzeck.
Balk: Lee, CC.
HBP: Peter (by Hurlbut); Calhoun, W (by Hudson).
Pitches-strikes: Pill 43-25; Corcino 41-24; Lee, CC 22-15; Paredes, Edw 4-3; Hudson 16-10; Schlitter 12-9; Gallardo 37-24; Hurlbut 47-33; Sadzeck 30-18; Alvarez, R 13-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Pill 4-2; Corcino 3-2; Lee, CC 0-2; Paredes, Edw 0-0; Hudson 0-0; Schlitter 1-1; Gallardo 3-1; Hurlbut 2-4; Sadzeck 1-1; Alvarez, R 0-0.
Batters faced: Pill 11; Corcino 11; Lee, CC 6; Paredes, Edw 1; Hudson 3; Schlitter 3; Gallardo 11; Hurlbut 15; Sadzeck 9; Alvarez, R 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Lee, CC 2-2; Paredes, Edw 1-0; Hurlbut 2-2; Sadzeck 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Derek Eaton. 1B: Clayton Hamm. 3B: Javerro January.
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to LF.
First pitch: 7:07 PM.
Venue: Dell Diamond.
April 20, 2018
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media
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