Oklahoma City - Back-to-back home runs in the top of the ninth inning by the New Orleans Baby Cakes sealed an 11-10 win for New Orleans against the Oklahoma City Dodgers Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Dodgers battled back from deficits of 5-0 in the second inning and 8-4 in the third inning by scoring runs in each of the fourth through eighth innings.
A two-run homer by O'Koyea Dickson in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Dodgers their first lead of the night, 10-8, in front of a crowd of 9,602.
But for the second straight night, the Baby Cakes (37-55) scored runs in the top of the ninth to seal a victory in Oklahoma City and take a 2-0 lead in the series between the teams.
Friday's loss sent the Dodgers to their sixth defeat in the last seven games.
The Baby Cakes took the game's first lead in the first inning.
Back-to-back singles with one out by Steve Lombardozzi and Tomas Telis put runners at the corners for Mike Aviles. Aviles then grounded into a fielder's choice to bring home Lombardozzi for a 1-0 New Orleans lead.
The Baby Cakes loaded the bases with none out in the second inning when Brandon Barnes was hit by a pitch, and Chad Hinshaw and Peter Mooney drew back-to-back walks. New Orleans pitcher Keyvius Sampson came up to bat next and hit a bases-clearing double to put the Baby Cakes ahead, 4-0. Telis added a RBI single later in the inning for a 5-0 New Orleans lead.
The Dodgers (49-42) answered with four runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Charlie Culberson and Max Muncy drew back-to-back walks to open the inning before Kyle Farmer singled to load the bases. Dodgers pitcher Scott Barlow followed with a RBI groundout for Oklahoma City's first run of the night.
Alex Verdugo then hit a fly ball to center field that dropped for a two-run double and cut New Orleans' lead to 5-3. Later with two outs, Verdugo scored on a RBI single by Scott Van Slyke to cut the Baby Cakes' lead to one run. Verdugo has now reached base safely in 33 consecutive games.
Brandon Barnes hit a two-run homer in the top of the third inning to push New Orleans ahead, 7-4, and Mooney added a RBI single for a four-run Baby Cakes' lead.
The Dodgers' bullpen then retired 16 of the next 17 New Orleans batters from the fourth through ninth innings.
A RBI single by Oklahoma City's Van Slyke in the fourth inning cut New Orleans' lead to 8-5. The Dodgers went on to load the bases before Edwin Rios popped out and Culberson flied out to end the inning.
Verdugo connected on a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut New Orleans' lead to 8-6. Back-to-back doubles by Willie Calhoun and Edwin Rios led off the bottom of the sixth inning and cut New Orleans' lead to 8-7. Oklahoma City's Todd Cunningham hit a double down the right-field line into right field that scored Mike Freeman in the seventh inning to tie the game, 8-8.
Culberson led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a triple into right field. Pinch hitter Dickson followed and drilled a two-run homer to left field to put the Dodgers in front, 10-8. The home run was Dickson's 19th of the season.
The Baby Cakes tied the game in the top of the ninth inning with two outs on a two-run homer by Mike Aviles to left field. Cal Towey followed with a solo shot to right field to put New Orleans in front, 11-10.
Calhoun drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth inning, but New Orleans' pitchers retired the next three batters to seal the win.
The Dodgers drew a season-high 14 walks in the game, including four by Calhoun and Max Muncy who each tied the Dodgers' individual season high.
New Orleans reliever Hunter Cervenka (1-3) was credited with the win and Brian Ellington got the save for the Baby Cakes.
Dodgers pitcher Madison Younginer (3-4) allowed three runs in the ninth inning and was charged with the loss.
Oklahoma City continues its series against New Orleans at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The ZOOperstars! are scheduled to perform throughout the night. The fun, inflatable characters dance, perform tricks, acrobatics and comedy on the field.
Live coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.
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