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Dodgers Lose Series Finale to Skeeters, 8-3

(Eddie Kelly / ProLook Photos)
July 28, 2021

Sugar Land Skeeters - 8 OKC Dodgers - 3 Tuesday, July 27, 2021 – Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark – Oklahoma City, Okla. Game Summary: The Sugar Land Skeeters jumped out to an early lead and led the rest of the way as they sent the Oklahoma City Dodgers to an 8-3

Sugar Land Skeeters - 8

OKC Dodgers - 3

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 – Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark – Oklahoma City, Okla.

Game Summary: The Sugar Land Skeeters jumped out to an early lead and led the rest of the way as they sent the Oklahoma City Dodgers to an 8-3 loss Tuesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Skeeters (41-30) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. OKC’s Steven Souza Jr. hit a solo homer in the third inning that sailed over the LED board and out of the ballpark to cut Sugar Land’s lead to 4-1. The Skeeters added a run in the fourth inning before DJ Peters' RBI single and Omar Estévez's RBI double trimmed their lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the inning. But that would be the closest OKC (37-35) would get on the scoreboard as Sugar Land scored three more runs in the top of the seventh inning and held OKC without a run over the final five innings of the series finale between the teams.

Of Note:

-Steven Souza Jr. hit his eighth homer of the season with OKC in the third inning. He went 2-for-4 with a double and homer Tuesday and finished the series 6-for-20 with two homers.

-Keibert Ruiz extended his hitting streak to a season-best 11 games with a single in the fifth inning and has now reached base in 23 of his last 24 starts. During the 11-game stretch, Ruiz is 19-for-49 (.388) with four homers, six doubles and 13 RBI. Ruiz leads the Dodgers with 64 hits this season.

-Cristian Santana went 2-for-4 Tuesday and has now hit safely in four straight games, going 8-for-17 with a double, four RBI and three multi-hit games. Santana has also hit safely in 14 of his 18 games this month, including 14 of his 16 July starts. He is batting .328 in July after batting .236 through June.

-Sugar Land totaled 14 hits in the game — the fourth-most hits allowed by the Dodgers in a game this season and most since Salt Lake totaled 15 hits July 3 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

-Tuesday night’s game lasted 4 hours, 5 minutes marking the second-longest home game of the season for the OKC Dodgers. Sunday’s game between the teams lasted 4 hours, 6 minutes for OKC’s longest home game of 2021. Six of the Dodgers’ nine longest games of the season have all come against Sugar Land.

-Omar Estévez extended his hitting streak to six straight games after going 2-for-4 with a double Tuesday and is 8-for-22 during the stretch.

-Dodgers pitchers recorded 10 strikeouts Tuesday, marking the sixth time in the last seven games and ninth time in the last 11 games they have struck out 10 or more batters in a game.

-Sugar Land won the series against the Dodgers, 4-2, after OKC won the first two series of the season between the East Division foes…With Tuesday’s loss, OKC fell to 7-5 in series finales, including 3-3 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark…OKC finished its 12-game homestand with a 5-7 record immediately following a 17-8 stretch by the Dodgers from June 15-July 13.

-Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman continued his Major League Rehab Assignment and finished the night 0-for-4 as the designated hitter for the Skeeters. Bregman has been out of the Astros’ lineup since June 17 with a left quad strain.

What's Next: Following a league-wide day off Wednesday, the OKC Dodgers open a 12-game road trip and six-game series against the Round Rock Express at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Dell Diamond. 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.