The Fresno Grizzlies (15-22) lost 14-5 to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (18-17) on Sunday in a Mother's Day matinee at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to settle for a series split in the only meetings between the two clubs this season. The Grizzlies have only won a series once in Oklahoma City in 12 tries, with the first and only series win occurring in 2010.
Oklahoma City got things started early in the game with five runs through the first three frames. In the first, O'Koyea Dickson (2-for-5) doubled and scored on a Max Muncy (3-for-4) RBI single, who then scored on an Ike Davis (4-for-5) RBI single. Dickson recorded a RBI himself when Drew Maggi scored in the second. Trayce Thompson (3-for-4) hit his first home run of the season to left center, which was followed by a Maggi sacrifice fly that scored Davis to add two more runs in the third.
For the Grizzlies, Colin Moran hit his fourth home run of the season to deep center in the second in just his second game back from coming off of the disabled list. In the sixth, Derek Fisher extended his hit streak to 17 games with a RBI double that scored Tony Kemp (5-for-5) who also doubled to cut the Grizzlies' deficit to 5-2. During the streak Fisher is batting .405 (30-for-74) with five homers, seven doubles, 15 RBI and 11 runs scored.
The Dodgers batted around in the sixth to take a 10-2 lead over the Grizzlies. With the bases loaded, Logan Landon who got his first Triple-A hit with a single to get on, scored on a wild pitch. Muncy, Thompson and Davis all recorded their second RBI of the game and Darnell Sweeney (2-for-4) drove in a run as well.
The Grizzlies cut Oklahoma City's lead to 10-3 in the seventh when Kemp doubled to score Reid Brignac. The double was Kemp's fourth hit of the day and third in such fashion. It was his first three and four-hit game of 2017 after previously having 13 two-hit games. The feat was also the first time any Grizz batter knocked three doubles in a game this season. Kemp now leads the club with 14 multi-hit games.
The deficit continued for the Grizzlies in the eighth when Sweeney and Jack Murphy both hit two-run doubles to make the score 14-3.
Fresno made the final score 14-5 in the ninth when Kemp knocked his fifth hit and second RBI of the game to score Jack Mayfield (double) and a Jon Kemmer sacrifice fly scored Andrew Aplin (walk). Kemp joined Kemmer in being the only Grizzlies to have a five-hit game this season.
Grizzlies starter Francis Martes (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts in three innings, while Dodgers starter Trevor Oaks (1-1) earned the win only allowing two runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts through six innings.
The Grizzlies return home on Monday for an eight-game home stand that begins with a four-game series against the Nashville Sounds at Chukchansi Park. Probable starters are RHP Chris Bassitt (0-0, 9.00) for Nashville and RHP Casey Coleman (1-1, 8.38) for Fresno. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
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