Dodgers Chug to 19-1 Win Against Express

Oklahoma City scores nine runs in the third inning to break open Wednesday's game in Bricktown

(CODY ROPER)

By Oklahoma City Dodgers | April 11, 2018 5:24 PM ET

Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma City Dodgers' offense ignited Wednesday night, scoring 18 runs between the second and fifth innings on the way to a 19-1 win against the Round Rock Express Wednesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

 

The Dodgers' 19 total runs tied for the fifth-most runs scored by an Oklahoma City team in the modern PCL era and Wednesday's margin of victory was the third-largest since the team rejoined the PCL in 1998.

 

Oklahoma City outhit the Express, 19-5, as the Dodgers took a 2-0 advantage in their first home series of the season in front of a crowd of 3,388.

 

Andrew Toles paced the Dodgers, going 4-for-6 with a double, two runs scored and five RBI. Tim Locastro finished a home run shy of the cycle as he and Donovan Solano each collected three hits each. Solano and Rocky Gale each had three RBI.

 

After reaching base five times Tuesday night, Travis Taijeron got Oklahoma City's offense rolling Wednesday, doubling on a fly ball to center field and later scoring on a single by Solano for a 1-0 OKC lead in the second inning. He finished the night batting 2-for-3 with three runs scored, a walk and two RBI.

 

The Dodgers (4-1) added nine runs in the third inning - their highest inning run total since also scoring nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning July 18, 2015 against Round Rock at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

 

Locastro tripled and hit a RBI double in the inning. Toles collected two singles and three RBI in the frame. Taijeron added a two-run double as the Dodgers built a 10-0 advantage.

 

Round Rock's lone run of the night scored on a wild pitch by Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler in the fourth inning.

 

The Dodgers offense quickly got the run back, however, loading the bases in the bottom of the inning before Breyvic Valera connected on a sacrifice fly to put his team in front, 11-1.

 

The Dodgers piled on seven more runs in the fifth inning, including a three-run homer by Gale as he hit a fly ball to center field for his first homer of the season.

 

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Toles picked up his fifth RBI of the night when he brought home Locastro with a RBI single to right field for a 19-1 lead.

 

Toles posted his highest single-game RBI total since also posting five RBI Aug. 31, 2016 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado. His four hits were the most he's totaled in a game since June 15, 2016 when he connected on five hits for Double-A Tulsa at Arkansas.

 

Round Rock's record fell to 1-6 with the loss as the Dodgers started a season with back-to-back home victories for the first time since 2007.

 

In addition to their outburst of offense, the Dodgers also showcased solid pitching throughout the night.

 

Dodgers starting pitcher Buehler (1-0) tossed 5.0 innings, allowing one run, four hits and one walk with six strikeouts.

 

Dodgers relievers Adam Liberatore, C.C. Lee and Pat Venditte combined to hold the Express to one hit over four scoreless frames.

 

The Dodgers pitching staff combined to rack up 12 strikeouts in the game.

 

Express starting pitcher Adrian Sampson (0-2) was charged with the loss.

 

The Dodgers continue their seven-game homestand and wrap up their series against the Express at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Tomorrow is a $2 Thursday, featuring $2 Pepsi products and select beer. 

 

Live coverage begins 15 minutes before first pitch on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.

 

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.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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