Missions Open Six-Packs on Dodgers
San Antonio, Texas - The San Antonio Missions scored 15 unanswered runs and put together two six-run rallies during a 15-3 win over the Oklahoma City Dodgers Saturday night at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium.
The Dodgers led, 3-0, heading to the bottom of the fourth inning before the Missions' offense came alive. Each of the first six batters collected a hit or walk, leading to six runs. After two singles started the inning, Tyler Austin hit a ground-rule double to get San Antonio on the board. Following a walk to load the bases, Tyrone Taylor laced a RBI single to cut OKC's lead to 3-2. Nate Orf stepped up next and hit a grand slam on a line drive just over the home run fence in left field for a grand slam.
The Missions (77-54) added a run in the sixth inning after two errors by the Dodgers (59-71).
Six more runs and four more hits followed in the seventh. With one out in the inning, five straight San Antonio batters reached base, including RBI singles by Taylor and Orf. After a sacrifice fly by Jake Hager, the Missions tallied three more runs with two outs. Jacob Nottingham notched a RBI single, and Lucas Erceg delivered a two-run, pinch-hit double, pushing the lead to 13-3.
Taylor socked a two-run homer for good measure in the eighth inning.
The Missions started the game 0-for-9 but finished 14-for-28 with seven extra-base hits. They went 8-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
The flow of the game for the Dodgers went in the opposite direction. OKC began the game 5-for-14 with four extra-base hits and three runs. However, they finished 3-for-19 and did not score again.
In the series opener Friday, the Dodgers did not score until the ninth inning. On Saturday, they led 2-0 after three batters. Gavin Lux led off the game with a double, and two batters later, Edwin RÃ-os connected on his team-leading 27th home run.
With one out in the fourth inning, Cameron Perkins and José Lobatón hit back-to-back doubles to extend the lead to 3-0.
The San Antonio bullpen held the Dodgers to no runs and three hits over the final five innings. Jake Faria (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts to earn the win.
Dodgers starting pitcher Justin DeFratus (2-5) began his outing with three perfect innings before things took a turn in the bottom of the fourth inning. He was hit with the loss after allowing six runs and seven hits over five innings, with one walk and six strikeouts.
The Dodgers have dropped five straight games, matching their longest losing streak of the season. The 12-run margin of defeat Saturday is the team's largest loss of 2019.
The Dodgers play their final road game of 2019 at 6:05 p.m. Sunday in San Antonio. 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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