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Dickson, Lookouts break out in big way
Dodgers prospect hits two homers, plates five runs in 12-0 romp
04/21/2014 12:15 AM ET
O'Koyea Dickson collected 50 extra-base hits in 122 games for Rancho Cucamonga last season. (Larry Goren/Four Seam Images)

O'Koyea Dickson and Chattanooga have gotten out of the gate slowly in the Southern League. Sunday's lopsided win could turn things around.

Dickson recorded his first two-homer game since 2011 and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Lookouts to a 12-0 rout of Jackson.

"It was a good game, moreso [for] getting the opportunity to get the win," the Dodgers first base prospect said. "We've been scuffling to get a few wins together and I just was happy to contribute.

"We were pretty loose today, having fun in the locker room, not different than we usually do. We just had a game plan for each pitcher and we had good at-bats and had fun."

Dickson, who hit 15 homers and collected 88 RBIs last season for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, had not gone deep in 38 at-bats before sending an offering from reliever Jordan Shipers over the left-field fence in the fourth for a three-run blast. Two innings later, he connected for a two-run shot off Kyle Hunter.

"I had faced all the pitchers over the years and I look at what pitches they like to throw to me," he said. "I tried to get a good pitch to hit and I was able to get a hanging changeup that [Hunter] left up and I was able to get it over the left-field fence. It was a good night overall."

The 24-year-old California native also walked, scored three times and raised his average 18 points to .268. It was his second career two-homer game and first since July 15, 2011 with Rookie-level Ogden.

"I'm just trying to trust the process that I'm going through this season, get good pitches to hit and learn from mistakes I have made," Dickson said. "Don't try to do too much [and] have fun."

Chris O'Brien doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and scored once for the Lookouts. Leadoff man Darnell Sweeney, the Dodgers' No. 19 prospect, doubled, walked twice, stole a base and scored three times, while No. 15 prospect Scott Schebler contributed a double, triple, RBI and a run scored.

Chattanooga starter Tyson Brummett (1-1) allowed five hits and struck out five over seven innings to lower his ERA to 0.56. Pedro Baez, Los Angeles' 10th-ranked prospect, pitched two innings of one-hit relief as the Lookouts posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Jochi Ogando (0-1) made his Double-A debut for Jackson and surrendered six runs -- five earned -- on six hits and two walks while striking out five over three innings.

Kelsie Heneghan is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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