Dodgers Start Road Trip with Offensive Onslaught
Albuquerque, N.M. - Zach Reks hit the team's first grand slam of the season as the Oklahoma City Dodgers jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and eventually put up a dozen runs during a 12-9 victory at Isotopes Park Wednesday night.
The Dodgers scored the game's first six runs and led by as many as seven before winning by three runs to open a seven-game road trip. The Dodgers (25-39) have now won six consecutive road games.
OKC did most of its damage with the bases loaded, going 3-for-3 with nine RBI.
Will Smith gave the Dodgers the first lead of the night when he slammed a booming home run toward left field and out of the stadium in the first inning.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning, Reks connected on the team's first grand slam of the season. Reks hit a high-arching fly ball out to left field that landed the in the Albuquerque bullpen to push the lead to 5-0. For Reks, it was his fourth home run in the last five games.
The OKC offense kept it going in the third inning, with Angelo Mora adding a two-out RBI single.
The Isotopes (30-36) scored twice in the bottom of the third, cutting the OKC lead to 6-2. Drew Butera led off the inning with a solo homer, and Pat Valaika added a sacrifice fly.
Each team scored one run in the fourth inning. Reks nearly hit his second homer of the night, instead settling for a RBI double that hit off the 428-foot marker in center field. The Isotopes answered with a sac fly by Butera, making the score 7-3.
Yonathan Daza led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo homer, and Sam Hilliard added another with two outs, whittling the Dodgers' lead to two runs.
After the bases were empty with two outs in the sixth, the Dodgers sent six men to the plate and ended up scoring five runs. After three straight walks to load the bases, Edwin RÃ-os hit a two-run single. Two batters later with the bases loaded again, Mora hit a line drive over the head of Hilliard in right field to clear the bases and give the Dodgers their largest lead of the night at 12-5.
Mora finished with a team-high three hits and set a season-high with four RBI.
But the Isotopes didn't go quietly. They scored twice in the sixth inning on a two-out throwing error by shortstop Errol Robinson, pulling within 12-7.
The Dodgers still led by five runs entering the bottom of the ninth inning. A RBI triple by Hilliard started a stretch of four consecutive hits with one out, including a RBI single by Brian Mundell, cutting the lead to 12-9. The Isotopes had the bases loaded with one out, but Dodgers reliever Josh Sborz regrouped and struck out Butera and coaxed a fly out by pinch hitter Noel Cuevas to end the game.
OKC starting pitcher Mitchell White picked up the win. Over five innings, White (2-4) allowed five runs and seven hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.
Albuquerque starting pitcher Kyle Freeland took the loss, after he gave up nine runs and eight hits over 5.2 innings. Freeland (0-2) finished with five walks and five strikeouts.
The Dodgers continue their series in Albuquerque at 7:35 p.m. Central Time Thursday. 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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