OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (August 23) – The Dodgers scored in each of the first three innings, and held on to beat Omaha 3-2 on Thursday night at Bricktown Ballpark.
Andrew Toles gave OKC a quick lead in the bottom of the 1st with a solo home run. The Dodgers made it 2-0 in the 2nd, as Edwin Rios singled and advanced to 2nd on an error, went to 3rd on a groundout by Matt Beaty, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Will Smith.
Omaha cut the lead in half in the top of the 3rd. Jack Lopez and Donnie DeWees singled, and Lopez went to 3rd on a fly ball. Brian Goodwin grounded into a fielder’s choice, driving Lopez in to make it 2-1.
The Dodgers scored again in the bottom of the 3rd, as Andrew Toles and Kyle Farmer singled, Edwin Rios singled in Toles for a 3-1 lead.
Nicky Lopez cut the deficit to 3-2 with a home run to center field in the top of the 4th. It was Nicky’s 6th home run since joining Omaha in late June.
Trevor Oaks (L, 8-7) went 6 innings for the Chasers. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned), 8 hits, and 1 walk, with 3 strikeouts.
Logan Bawcom (W, 2-3) also worked 6 innings for Oklahoma City, limiting Omaha to 2 runs and 5 hits. He struck out 4 and walked none.
Josh Staumont threw a scoreless 7th inning, and Richard Lovelady did the same in the 8th. But the Chasers couldn’t rally against the Dodger bullpen, and Brian Schlitter (S, 18) earned another save and sealed the series victory for OKC.
The Storm Chasers (59-69) will return to Werner Park for their final homestand of the season tomorrow night. They’ll open a 4-game set with the Iowa Cubs at 7:05. Omaha’s starter is to be determined, while Iowa will send RHP Alec Mills (5-12, 4.84) to the mound.
Single-game tickets are available for the final 2018 Storm Chasers homestand (August 24-30) and may be purchased online at www.omahastormchasers.com/tickets, or through the Werner Park Ticket Office during open hours from noon until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday either in-person or by calling (402) 738-5100