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Dodgers Too Tough for Round Rock with Two Outs

Tony Wolters had three hits and three RBI Friday in Round Rock (Cody Roper/Oklahoma City Dodgers)
June 4, 2022

Oklahoma City Dodgers – 10 Round Rock Express – 4 Friday, June 3, 2022 – Dell Diamond – Round Rock, Texas Game Summary: The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored eight runs with two outs and had a pair of four-run innings, defeating the Round Rock Express, 10-4, Friday night at Dell

Oklahoma City Dodgers – 10

Round Rock Express – 4

Friday, June 3, 2022 – Dell Diamond – Round Rock, Texas

Game Summary: The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored eight runs with two outs and had a pair of four-run innings, defeating the Round Rock Express, 10-4, Friday night at Dell Diamond. After the contest was scoreless through three innings, the Dodgers (31-21) strung together four straight run-scoring hits with two outs in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead. Round Rock answered with a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the inning and then evened the score with a Nick Solak two-run homer in the fifth inning. OKC went back in front in the sixth inning when Michael Busch delivered a two-run single with two outs. The Express (30-22) had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the inning when first baseman Ryan Noda made a diving catch on a line drive hit by Steele Walker to end the inning. Miguel Vargas and Jake Lamb hit back-to-back home runs within the span of three pitches to start the seventh inning, and Tony Wolters later added a two-run single to make it 10-4.

Of Note:

-With Friday’s win, the Dodgers improved to 9-3 in their last 12 road games and 7-2 in the last nine games at Dell Diamond. They have also surpassed Round Rock for the best record in the Pacific Coast League at 31-21.

-The highest-scoring offense across all of the Minor Leagues scored at least 10 runs for the 13th time in 52 games this season, as well as for the fourth time in their last nine games in Round Rock. The Dodgers also collected 12 hits for a second straight game, including five extra-base hits. In their 10 games at Dell Diamond this season, the Dodgers have totaled 87 runs and 118 hits, with at least five runs in nine of 10 games and at least seven runs in six of 10 games.

-As a team, the Dodgers went 8-for-16 with two outs and scored eight runs. With runners in scoring position and two outs, the team went 5-for-8.

-Tony Wolters reached base five times and had a game-high three hits, going 3-for-3 with three RBI, two runs, a walk and a hit by pitch. Wolters tied his season high in hits while setting a season high in RBI. In his last three games, Wolters is 6-for-10 with two walks and five RBI.

-The Dodgers hit back-to-back home runs for the third time this season when Miguel Vargas and Jake Lamb each hit solo blasts across the first five pitches of the seventh inning. The duo also went back-to-back at home May 19 against El Paso. Entering Friday, the Dodgers had not homered in three straight games, tying their longest streak of the season without going deep.

-Miguel Vargas hit his eighth home run of the season, sending a rocket into the second deck in left field leading off the seventh inning. The PCL’s leader in hits and runs scored, Vargas has hit safely in each of his last five games, going 6-for-21 with a home run, two doubles and six RBI.

-Jake Lamb reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a home run, double and two walks. He hit his team-leading 12th home run of the season, sending a ball off the roof of the equipment shed in center field. Lamb has reached base in 13 of his last 14 games and in 28 of his last 30 games. Over the 30-game stretch, Lamb is batting .312 (34x109) with five doubles, nine homers, 24 walks, 27 RBI and 22 runs scored.

-Drew Avans went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. He also stole two bases for the second time in a game this season and leads the Dodgers with 10 steals. Avans has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, going 8-for-24 with three doubles.

-For the seventh time in the last eight games as well as for the ninth time in their last 12 games, the Dodgers allowed four or fewer runs. Opponents have been held to seven or fewer hits in seven of the last eight games, with Round Rock collecting six hits Friday. The OKC pitching staff limited the Express 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and retired 10 of the final 11 batters of the game.

What’s Next: The Dodgers continue their series in Round Rock beginning at 6:05 p.m. Saturday. Los Angeles Dodgers Andrew Heaney and Max Muncy are both scheduled to begin Major League Rehab Assignments. Live radio coverage of each OKC Dodgers game begins 15 minutes before first pitch on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com and through the free iHeartRadio or MiLB First Pitch apps. All OKC Dodgers games are also available streamed live on MiLB.TV with a subscription.