Dodgers' Offense Amiss Against Missions
San Antonio, Texas - The Oklahoma City Dodgers were held scoreless through eight innings and the San Antonio Missions rode an early lead to a 4-2 win Friday night at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium.
The Dodgers (59-70) were limited to two runs and six hits throughout the game, with no runs or extra-base hits through eight innings. The did not collect a hit with a runner in scoring position for a second straight game and has scored a total of four runs over the last 20 innings.
The Missions (76-54) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. After the first two batters reached via walk and hit by pitch, Nate Orf followed with a RBI single to put San Antonio in front.
In the next inning, the Missions had the bases empty with two outs, but Corey Ray doubled and Tyler Austin followed with a two-run home to make it 3-0.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth inning, but José Lobatón struck out to end the inning. That began a stretch in which the San Antonio pitching staff retired 10 of the next 11 OKC batters, with six via strikeout.
A two-out RBI single by Troy Stokes Jr. in the sixth inning pushed San Antonio's lead to 4-0.
The Missions loaded the bases with one out in the seventh inning, but Dennis Santana escaped the jam with a with a flyout and strikeout.
Connor Joe and Gavin Lux each singled to start the eighth inning before Freddy Peralta struck out each of the next three hitters.
The Dodgers avoided the shutout in the ninth inning. DJ Peters drew a leadoff walk and Zach Reks followed with the team's only extra-base hit of the night, hitting a double to right field. Lobatón hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field and Reks eventually scored on a passed ball, but the Dodgers never brought the tying run to the plate.
San Antonio starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson quieted the Dodgers through five innings to earn the win. Wilkerson (8-2) gave up a pair of singles with two walks and five strikeouts.
OKC starting pitcher Daniel Corcino was ultimately hurt by the two-out rally in the third inning and took the loss. Corcino (8-7) was tagged with a third straight losing decision after giving up three runs and five hits over five innings. He issued three walks and set a season high with nine strikeouts.
Friday's loss was Oklahoma City's 70th of the season, ensuring the team will have a losing record for the first time since 2011. It was also the team's fourth straight defeat and seventh in the last eight games.
The Dodgers continue their final road series of the season in San Antonio at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Live radio coverage of each game begins 15 minutes before first pitch on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com and through the free iHeartRadio or MiLB First Pitch apps.
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