Redbirds Roll to 14-7 Win in OKC Friday
Oklahoma City - The Memphis Redbirds broke open a back-and-forth game with three home runs in the eighth inning on the way to a 14-7 win against the Oklahoma City Dodgers Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The teams exchanged the lead five times before Memphis carried a three-run lead into the eighth inning. The Redbirds then hit three home runs in the eighth inning to open up a seven-run advantage as they finished the game with five total home runs to tie the season high for a Dodgers opponent.
The 14 runs allowed by the Dodgers Friday were the second-most given up by the team in a game this season and Oklahoma City allowed a season-high 18 hits in the loss.
The Dodgers took the field Friday as Cielo Azul de Oklahoma City as part of MiLB's "Es Divertido Ser Un Fan®" campaign, while Memphis played as the Música and grabbed a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Edmundo Sosa homered out to the Budweiser Deck in left field.
Connor Joe and Zach Reks led off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back singles for Oklahoma City (30-42). Edwin RÃ-os later grounded out to bring home Joe to tie the game, 1-1. Cameron Perkins followed and lined a RBI single into center field for a 2-1 Dodgers advantage.
Joe led off the bottom of the third inning with single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. He came around to score when Reks followed with a RBI single into center field for a 3-1 Dodgers lead. Joe finished with a team-high three hits for Oklahoma City Friday.
Three straight singles by Memphis opened the fourth inning to load the bases with none out, including a line drive by John Nogowski that ricocheted off Dodgers pitcher Brock Stewart's back. Later with one out, Conner Capel lined a single into center field to score two runs for the Redbirds and knot the game, 3-3.
Memphis (30-44) added another run in the top of the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead. Andrew Knizner grounded into a double play to bring home a go-ahead run for the Redbirds.
In the bottom of the inning, the Dodgers regained the lead when Will Smith hit his sixth homer in seven games - a two-run shot out to left-center field - to put the Dodgers back in front, 5-4. The home run was Smith's team-leading 14th of the season.
But Memphis came back to take the lead again in the sixth inning. Kramer Robertson reached on a one-out throwing error by OKC shortstop Errol Robinson, then scored when Capel hit a RBI double out to deep center field to tie the game, 5-5. Joe Hudson later entered the game as a pinch-hitter and connected on a two-run home run out to left field to put the Redbirds in front, 7-5.
Nogowski's RBI double in the top of the seventh inning extended Memphis' lead to 8-5.
Smith led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double and came around to score on a RBI single into left field by Cameron Perkins to cut Memphis' lead to 8-6. Smith finished the game with both of the Dodgers' extra-base hits.
Capel led off the eighth inning with a solo homer out to right-center field to extend the Redbirds to a 9-6 lead as he collected three hits and four RBI on the night. Yariel Gonzalez entered the game as a pinch-hitter later in the inning and connected on a two-run homer to left-center field for an 11-6 Memphis advantage. Adolis Garcia then added a two-run homer out to left field for a 13-6 lead.
Memphis tacked on another run in the top of the ninth inning when Randy Arozarena grounded into a double play for a 14-6 lead. Oklahoma City's Blake Gailen hit a pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to close out the scoring.
Memphis pitcher Tommy Layne (3-1) picked up the win, securing the third out of the fifth inning. Oklahoma City starting pitcher Stewart (2-5) was charged with the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) and nine hits over 5.1 innings. He did not issue a walk and had five strikeouts.
¡Celebración Cielo Azul! continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark against Memphis. Loop Rawlins will perform his "One Man Wild West Show" throughout the night. Midwest City's Yumare Mexican Folkloric Dancers Inc. are scheduled to perform and fireworks are scheduled to follow the game, presented by Dental Depot.
Tickets are available through the OKC Dodgers ticket office located on South Mickey Mantle Drive, by phone at (405) 218-2182, or by visiting okcdodgers.com.
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