Dodgers Leave Las Vegas with Comeback Win

OKC surges for six runs over final two innings, including a pinch-hit three-run homer by O'Koyea Dickson

O'Koyea Dickson delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer Sunday night. (Cody Roper)

By Oklahoma City Dodgers | August 7, 2017 3:03 AM ET

 

Las Vegas, Nev. - The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored six runs between the eighth and ninth innings, including a go-ahead, pinch-hit three-run homer by O'Koyea Dickson to notch an 8-4 come-from-behind victory over the Las Vegas 51s Sunday night at Cashman Field.

 

The Dodgers (60-52) had an early 2-0 lead but fell behind 4-2 after six innings. They entered the eighth inning having collected just three singles with one runner reaching scoring position over the previous five frames.

 

Henry Ramos started the rally with a leadoff walk, and two batters later, Trayce Thompson singled. Dickson stepped up to the plate and a 10-pitch battle ensued between Dickson and 51s reliever Kevin McGowan.

 

After Dickson fouled off three straight full count pitches, he drilled a three-run homer out to right-center field to give the Dodgers the lead at 5-4. It was Dickson's second pinch-hit home run of the season and his 23rd home run overall.

 

Josh Ravin struck out two in a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning to keep the Dodgers ahead. The offense kept rolling in the ninth inning, scoring three more times. Henry Ramos and Edwin Rios hit back-to-back RBI doubles to make it 7-4. After a walk loaded the bases, Charlie Culberson sent a towering fly ball to left field that was caught right in front of the wall, resulting in a sacrifice fly.

 

Kevin Plawecki led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single, but Jeremy Bleich retired the next three batters to end the game, as the Dodgers claimed their fourth win of the season when trailing after seven innings.  

 

The Dodgers got off to a good start, scoring in the first inning for the third straight game. With one out, Ramos and Rios hit back-to-back home runs, giving OKC a 2-0 lead. Through the first three games of the series, the Dodgers had hit just one homer.

 

After the early firepower, the Dodgers offense quieted down. Between the second and sixth innings, the Dodgers were limited to three singles and only had one runner reach scoring position.

 

The 51s (43-71) didn't have much going at the plate against Dodgers starting pitcher Luke Farrell, but that changed with two outs in the fifth inning when five straight batters reached base. After two singles and a walk loaded the bases, Travis Taijeron drew a walk against reliever Joe Broussard to score Las Vegas' first run.

 

The bases stayed loaded for Josh Rodriguez, who hit a ground ball up the middle. Second baseman Drew Maggi ranged to his right behind the bag, but he couldn't handle the ball cleanly and two runs scored on the play. It was ruled a RBI single by Rodriguez plus an error on Maggi as Las Vegas took a 3-2 lead.

 

In the sixth, Victor Cruzado hit a solo homer to make it a 4-2 game. Cruzado had hit four home runs all season before going deep in both Saturday and Sunday's games.

 

The Dodgers threatened to tie the game in the seventh inning. Maggi and Bobby Wilson each singled with one out, and both advanced into scoring position following a passed ball with two outs. Todd Cunningham was at the plate for the Dodgers and battled with Las Vegas reliever Ben Rowen for 11 pitches. Cunningham sent a sharp ground ball to the right side of the infield, where second baseman Phillip Evans made a diving stop. Evans got to his feet and threw out Cunningham at first base to end the inning. 

 

OKC finished with 13 hits and piled up 27 hits over the final two games of the series after being limited to 12 over the first two games of the set. They also collected six extra-base hits after collecting just three over the first three games. 

 

Five players finished with multi-hit games, led by a game-high three hits from Maggi. Ramos and Rios each finished with two hits and two RBI, and the duo combined to score five of the team's eight runs, with three by Ramos. 

 

Farrell pitched well for most of his team debut before running into trouble in the fifth inning. Over 4.2 innings, Farrell allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.

 

Over the final four innings, the Dodgers bullpen allowed just one run while recording six strikeouts. Justin Marks (3-1) pitched the sixth and seventh innings and earned the win. He allowed one run and four hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  

 

McGowan (5-4) gave up four runs and five hits while recording three outs between the eighth and ninth innings, taking the loss.

 

With the victory, the Dodgers won consecutive road games for the first time since late June - a stretch of 17 games away from Oklahoma City. It's also the second straight series they lost the first two games, but came back to win the next two to split. 

 

The Dodgers continue their road trip Monday night when they square off against the Salt Lake Bees for the first time, starting at 8:05 p.m. CT. Live coverage begins at 7:50 p.m. on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.

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

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