Dodgers Dinged in Opener with Bees

Oklahoma City held to a season-low two hits to open a four-game road series at Salt Lake

(JOSHUA GURNICK)

By Oklahoma City Dodgers | August 8, 2017 12:32 AM ET

Salt Lake City, Utah - The Salt Lake Bees pitching staff held the Oklahoma City Dodgers to a season-low two hits and retired the final 13 Dodgers batters they faced as the Bees defeated the Dodgers, 5-1, Monday night at Smith's Ballpark.

 

The Dodgers entered the game with back-to-back wins, but were unable to get their offense going Monday as they dropped their fourth straight series opener.

Oklahoma City's lone run came in the fifth inning to cut the Bees' lead to one run, but Salt Lake broke open the game with three runs in the seventh inning and went on to outhit the Dodgers, 11-2.

 

The two-hit night marked Oklahoma City's lowest total in a nine-inning game since being held to a 2016 season-low two hits Aug. 25, 2016 against Colorado Springs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

 

Dodgers starting pitcher Wilmer Font kept Oklahoma City in the game early.

 

The Bees threatened in the second inning putting two runners on base with back-to-back singles with none out, but Font escaped the jam. Font got Dustin Ackley to pop out behind the plate in foul territory and Tony Sanchez hit into an inning-ending double play to keep the game in a scoreless tie.

 

The Bees then took the game's first lead in the third inning when Michael Hermosillo connected on a solo home run to right-center field with one out for his first Triple-A homer.

 

Salt Lake added to its lead later in the inning. Cesar Puello drew a two-out walk and advanced to second base on a balk by Font. Puello then stole third base and scored on an error on the play for a 2-0 Bees advantage.

 

Rob Segedin, on rehab assignment from the Los Angeles Dodgers, led off the fourth inning with a double for the Dodgers' first hit of the night, but Bees starting pitcher Daniel Wright went on to strike out the side to keep the Dodgers off the scoreboard.

 

The Dodgers broke through in the fifth inning. O'Koyea Dickson led off with a walk and later scored when Drew Maggi lined a two-out double into center field to cut Salt Lake's lead to 2-1.

 

But that would be the final hit of the night for the Dodgers as they were held without a hit over the final four frames.

 

Oklahoma City pitcher Font (9-6) exited the game after six innings. He held the Bees to two runs (one earned) and five hits over 6.0 innings with six strikeouts and one walk, but was charged with the loss.

 

With Font out of the game, Salt Lake quickly added to its lead in the seventh inning, picking up five hits.

 

Nolan Fontana led off with a single before Dustin Ackley hit a deep fly ball down the left-field line for a RBI double to put the Bees ahead, 3-1. Tony Sanchez followed with a RBI single to right field to bring home Ackley for a 4-1 lead and Sanchez advanced to second base on the throw. A sacrifice bunt by Sherman Johnson advanced Sanchez to third base before Hermosillo connected on a RBI single to stretch the Bees' lead to 5-1.

 

Bees starting pitcher Wright (6-7) picked up the win, holding the Dodgers to one run and two hits over 5.0 innings with a season-high nine strikeouts. Salt Lake's pitching staff finished the night with 12 strikeouts total.

 

The Dodgers continue their road series against Salt Lake at 8:05 p.m. CT Tuesday at Smith's Ballpark.

 

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