Big Eighth Inning Pushes Dodgers to 7-3 Win

Oklahoma City scores four runs in the eighth inning to break a tie in front of a sellout crowd Thursday

(CODY ROPER)

By Oklahoma City Dodgers | May 9, 2019 2:25 PM

Oklahoma City - Kyle Garlick's two-run double broke a tie before Will Smith connected on a two-run homer in the eighth inning to push the Oklahoma City Dodgers to a 7-3 win against the Nashville Sounds Thursday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

 

The Dodgers scored four runs in the eighth inning as they snapped a three-game losing skid overall and ended a stretch of five straight home losses in front of a sellout crowd of 10,095 on a Field Trip Day in Bricktown.

 

Oklahoma City (11-22) trailed, 3-1, heading into the bottom of the fourth inning before scoring six unanswered runs to close out the game. The Dodgers outhit Nashville, 8-4, in the game.

 

Nashville (12-22) quickly took the game's initial lead in the first inning. Eli White grounded into a double play to bring home the first run of the day for a 1-0 lead.

 

The Dodgers quickly answered in the bottom of the frame. Oklahoma City led off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back walks by Daniel Castro and Matt Beaty. Castro later came around to score on a wild pitch by Sounds starting pitcher Wes Benjamin to tie the game, 1-1.

 

In the fourth inning, Patrick Wisdom hit a two-run homer out to left field that landed on the Budweiser Deck to extend Nashville's lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning.

 

Smith led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a double for Oklahoma City and later scored on a single into center field by Drew Jackson to cut Nashville's lead to one run.

 

Paulo Orlando knotted the game at 3-3 with a solo home run out to center field in the seventh inning - Orlando's second home run of the season.

 

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Castro was hit by pitch before Beaty followed with a single to put two runners on base with no outs. Garlick followed with a two-run double to push the Dodgers' into a 5-3 lead. Later with one out, Smith hit a two-run homer out to left field for a 7-3 advantage.

 

Dodgers starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny pitched a season-high 7.0 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and four hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tony Cingrani (1-0), who was with OKC on a Major League Rehab Assignment, was credited with the win by pitching a scoreless eighth inning with one walk. Josh Sborz closed out the game with a scoreless ninth.

 

Sounds pitcher Ronald Herrera (0-3) was charged with the loss for Nashville, allowing two runs on one hit over 2.0 innings with four strikeouts.

 

Nashville leads the four-game series between the teams, 2-1, and the series wraps up at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Postgame fireworks brought to you by Bank of America are scheduled to follow Friday's game.

 

Tickets are available through the OKC Dodgers ticket office located on South Mickey Mantle Drive, by phone at (405) 218-2182, or by visiting okcdodgers.com.  

 

Live radio coverage of each game begins 15 minutes before first pitch on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com and through the free iHeartRadio or MiLB First Pitch apps.

 

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

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