Dodgers Sweep Friday Doubleheader

Oklahoma City improves to 3-0 in a home series for the first time this season

(CODY ROPER)

By Oklahoma City Dodgers | July 5, 2019 10:18 PM

Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma City Dodgers swept both games of a doubleheader against the Round Rock Express Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, shutting out the Express in the first game, 1-0, before defeating the Express, 4-3, in the second game.

 

The Dodgers held the Express to three total runs and a combined nine hits over 14 total innings Friday, paced by solid outings by the pitching staff.

 

The Dodgers (37-50) have now won three straight home games for the first time this season and lead their current series against the Express, 3-0.

 

In Game 1, Dodgers starting pitcher Mitchell White (3-4) threw 5.1 shutout innings, and held the Express to two hits, with two walks and three strikeouts in the win. Josh Sborz and Caleb Ferguson closed out the final 1.2 innings, holding Round Rock without a run or hit as Ferguson picked up his first save with OKC.

 

The shutout win was the third of the season for the Dodgers.

 

The lone run of the game scored in the third inning.

 

Gavin Lux tripled out to right field with one out for the Dodgers and scored when Zach Reks grounded a two-out single into right field for a 1-0 OKC lead.

 

Lux has now hit safely in each of his first seven games with the Dodgers and Reks extended his hitting streak to a team-best 13 games in the Dodgers' first win of the night.

 

Round Rock's Taylor Jones drew a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh and final inning of the game. Drew Ferguson then struck out. Kyle Tucker came up to bat next and hit a grounder to shortstop Lux, who tagged second base for the second out of the inning and threw to first baseman Connor Joe to complete the double play and end the game.

 

Express starting pitcher Ryan Hartman (5-4) was charged with the loss, allowing one run and four hits over 5.0 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.

 

The Express (51-37) took the first lead in Game 2. Josh Rojas led off with a walk and later scored on a passed ball by Dodgers catcher Josh Thole for a 1-0 lead.

 

Connor Joe led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk. Later with one out, DJ Peters belted a two-run homer over the LED board in left field to put the Dodgers on top, 2-1. The home run was the second for Peters, who joined the Dodgers June 27.

 

Derek Fisher hit a double with one out in the third inning for the Express and Jack Mayfield followed with a single that allowed Fisher to score and tie the game, 2-2.

 

The Dodgers regained the lead in the fourth inning. Peters and Shane Peterson led off with back-to-back singles and Jake Peter later hit a RBI double to the tall wall in right field to push OKC in front, 3-2. Drew Jackson followed with a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 Dodgers advantage.

 

Round Rock crept closer on the scoreboard in the sixth inning with a RBI single by Kyle Tucker to cut OKC's lead to 4-3 in the seven-inning game.

 

Reliever Justin Grimm then entered the game and retired all five batters he faced over the final 2.0 innings for his first save of the season.

 

Dodger starting pitcher J.D. Martin (2-0) picked up the win, allowing three runs (one earned) and seven hits over 5.0 innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

 

Round Rock starting pitcher Carson LaRue (0-1) was charged with the loss, allowing four runs and five hits over 6.0 innings with one walk and five strikeouts.

 

The Dodgers entered Friday's game having lost seven straight doubleheader games and improved to 3-7 in doubleheader games with the two wins.

 

The Dodgers continue their series against the Express at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Fireworks, presented by Dental Depot, as scheduled to follow the 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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