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Dodgers Continue Strong Pitching to Take Opening Series

justin brotton - Monday, April 11, 2016

OKC wins, 3-1, Sunday in Nashville and allows just four runs through first four games

By Lisa Johnson, OKC Dodgers' Media Relations Coordinator


Nashville, Tenn. – The Oklahoma City Dodgers’ pitching staff turned in another solid outing Sunday to close out their season-opening road series with a 3-1 win Sunday afternoon against the Nashville Sounds at First Tennessee Park.


The Dodgers (3-1) pitched eight scoreless innings, led by starter Jeremy Kehrt who put together six scoreless frames to open the first day game of the season for OKC.


The Sounds later broke up the shutout in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Dodgers held on for the victory in the game, as well as in the series, as they won three of the four meetings in Nashville.


The Dodgers’ pitching staff allowed just four runs in the four games combined.


Kehrt (1-0) earned the win in his team debut and in his first Triple-A start since May 29, 2014 with Pawtucket. Kehrt, who spent the entire 2015 season with Double-A Tulsa, started Sunday in place of Carlos Frias, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday with an oblique injury.


He continued the trend of strong starts by Dodgers pitchers to open the season. Through the first four games, OKC starting pitchers have combined to allow just one run, one walk and 11 hits through 21.2 innings.


Dodgers relievers Jacob Rhame and Luis Avilan followed Kehrt and pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Rhame walked one and Avilan allowed one hit.


Lisalverto Bonilla allowed one run, one hit and walked two in the bottom of the ninth inning, but held on for his first save of the season.


The Dodgers broke through a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning.


Drew Maggi, in his first game since joining OKC Saturday, led off the inning with a single toward short, then stole second base. A single from Elian Herrera, who finished with two hits, advanced Maggi to third base.


Rehabbing L.A. Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal followed and hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Maggi for a 1-0 Dodgers lead.


In the four-game series, Grandal hit .333 (3-for-9) with a home run, two walks and three RBI. He is currently recovering from a right forearm injury sustained during spring training.


Sunday’s score remained 1-0 until the ninth inning when Oklahoma City added two runs despite the ball not leaving the infield.


Jose Tabata led off with a bunt single and took second base when Corey Brown, the second batter of the inning, drew a walk.


A wild pitch by Sounds pitcher Angel Castro advanced Tabata to third base. A balk by Castro then brought home Tabata for a 2-0 Dodgers edge.


Brown advanced to third base on the balk, then scored for a 3-0 Dodgers advantage when batter Alex Hassan grounded out for the first out of the inning.


The Sounds (1-3) scored their lone run in the bottom of the ninth.


Joey Wendle drew a walk from OKC pitcher Bonilla to lead off for Nashville. A one-out single from Andrew Lambo advanced Wendle to third base. Chad Pinder followed and grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing Wendle to score and cut the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1. Later with two outs and runners at first and third base, Bonilla got Renato Nunez to fly out and end the game.


Nashville starting pitcher Zach Neal (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Sounds. He allowed one run on four hits and struck out three over 5.0 innings.


This is the fifth consecutive season OKC has come away with at least a split in the opening series of a season. They have now won four of the last five season-opening series.


OKC improved to 7-5 all-time at First Tennessee Park and has now allowed two or fewer runs in eight of the 12 games there.


The Dodgers continue their season-opening road trip and start a four-game series against the Memphis Redbirds at 6:35 p.m. Monday at AutoZone Park. Live coverage begins at 6:20 p.m. on AM 1340 “The Game,” 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.

Dodgers Nearly No-Hit Nashville, Win 2-1

justin brotton - Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pitching staff stays hot, holds Sounds hitless over first eight innings

By Alex Freedman, OKC Dodgers Director of Media Relations & Broadcasting


Nashville, Tenn. – The Oklahoma City Dodgers pitching staff continued its strong start to the season and came three outs away from recording the team’s third-ever no-hitter, eventually hanging on for a 2-1 win over the Nashville Sounds Saturday night at First Tennessee Park.


Through eight innings, the trio of Sam LeCure, Ian Thomas, and Adam Liberatore kept the Sounds hitless and retired 24 of 25 batters. LeCure and Thomas retired the game’s first 17 hitters, and only a two-out walk by Thomas to Bruce Maxwell with two outs in the sixth inning kept the Dodgers from being perfect through eight innings.


The Dodgers (2-1) carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Renato Nunez led off with a double against Chin-Hui Tsao to break up the no-hit bid. Maxwell followed with a RBI single, suddenly putting the tying run on base with none out.


After a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Ladendorf moved pinch runner Matt McBride into scoring position, Tsao struck out Joey Wendle and Andrew Lambo to preserve the win and earn his first save.


Luis Mendoza’s no-hitter against Salt Lake on Aug. 14, 2009 remains the team’s only nine-inning no-hitter since joining the PCL in 1998. There has still never been a combined no-hitter of any length during the team’s PCL era.


Making his team debut—and first start since April 27, 2011—LeCure retired all 12 batters he faced on just 45 pitches. Thomas (1-0) followed by retiring nine of 10 hitters over three innings and earned the win. The lefty struck out three batters. Liberatore pitched a perfect eighth, striking out the final two batters of the inning.


Through the team’s first three games, the OKC pitching staff has allowed just three runs and 14 hits over 28-plus innings. They’ve recorded 24 strikeouts against seven walks and held Nashville 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.


One night after being held to one run and three hits over an entire 11-inning game, the Dodgers collected one run and three hits within the game’s first four batters Saturday night. Jose Tabata’s early RBI single gave the Dodgers a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning.


Corey Brown led off the second inning with a triple, but the Dodgers could not convert it into a run, as each of the next three batters struck out.


OKC did extend the lead in the third inning after catching a break. With runners at first and second with one out, Tabata hit a ground ball to third base that had potential to be an inning-ending double play. The Sounds recorded a forceout at second base, but Joey Wendle made an errant throw to first base, allowing another run to score and make it 2-0.


Brown led off the fourth inning with a double, but did not advance past second base. On three separate occasions Saturday, the Dodgers started an inning with a runner in scoring position and none out, but did not score. They finished 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position, and are 2-for-27 with runners in scoring position over the first three games of the season.


The Dodgers struck out 12 times Saturday night and have now struck out 37 times over the first three games.


Weatherford, Okla. native and former University of Oklahoma standout Dillon Overton took the loss for Nashville (1-2) in his Triple-A debut. Overton (0-1) labored through four innings, but was able to minimize the damage. The lefty surrendered two runs (one earned) and seven hits. He tied his career high with eight strikeouts to go along with one walk.


The Dodgers will look to take three of four from the Sounds to start the season when they meet at 2:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Live coverage begins at 1:50 p.m. on AM 1340 “The Game,” 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.

Sounds Squeak by Dodgers in Extras, 2-1

justin brotton - Saturday, April 09, 2016


By Alex Freedman, OKC Dodgers Director of Media Relations & Broadcasting




Grandal’s homer ties game in ninth, but Nunez plays hero for Nashville in 11th


Nashville designated hitter Renato Nunez lined a RBI triple in the bottom of the 11th inning to score the winning run, giving the Sounds a 2-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers Friday night at First Tennessee Park.


Max Muncy led off the bottom of the 11th with a single on a sinking line drive to right field that was nearly caught by Lars Anderson. Nunez stepped up next and drove an 0-1 pitch from Grant Dayton (0-1) to the right-center field fence to score Muncy and give the Sounds their first victory of the season.


The game would not have even gone to extra innings had it not been for rehabbing Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal. Leading off the top of the ninth against Nashville closer Angel Castro, Grandal sent an opposite field line drive just over the left field fence for a game-tying home run. Grandal finished the second game of his rehab assignment 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in addition to the homer.


Nashville (1-1) put the potential winning run at second base with one out in each of the ninth and 10th innings, but OKC relievers Dustin Richardson and Matt West were able to escape each of those jams, respectively.


One night after being shutout, the Sounds were able to score in their first at-bat Friday night. Matt Olson knocked a two-out RBI double to deep left field to give Nashville the early advantage.


The score remained 1-0 for most of the contest. The Dodgers offense struggled all night, going a collective 3-for-35 and recording one hit—Grandal’s homer—over the final 10 innings. OKC did not put a runner scoring position after the first inning and put just three men on base overall following the first inning. The Nashville pitching staff retired 32 of the last 36 Dodgers that came to the plate and held OKC hitless over the Dodgers’ final eight at-bats with a runner on base.


The four through nine hitters in the Dodgers lineup combined to go 0-for-23 with one walk and nine strikeouts. As a team, the Dodgers struck out 15 times.


The OKC pitching staff kept the team afloat and continued its strong start to the season, surrendering just two runs and eight hits over 10-plus innings. In 19-plus innings to start the season, the Dodgers have allowed a total of two runs and 12 hits.


Making his first Triple-A start, Jharel Cotton turned in a solid effort, allowing one run and five hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out five and did not allow a walk.


Cotton left the game after giving up a two-out double to Chad Pinder in the sixth inning. Luis Avilan replaced Cotton on the mound and walked the first two batters he faced to load the bases. Avilan regrouped and struck out Nunez to keep the Dodgers within one run.


Avilan, Jacob Rhame, Richardson, and West followed Cotton with a combined 4.1 scoreless innings and allowed one hit with five strikeouts.


Sounds reliever Andrew Triggs (1-0) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless 11th inning. He struck out two of the four batters he faced.


With the loss, OKC (1-1) still has not started a season 2-0 since beginning the 2006 campaign with a five-game winning streak.


The Dodgers will look to get the offense going when they meet the Sounds Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. Live coverage begins at 6:20 p.m. on AM 1340 “The Game,” 1340thegame.com , or through the iHeartRadio mobile app.


Lee Leads Opening Night Shutout

justin brotton - Friday, April 08, 2016

Lee Leads Opening Night Shutout

OKC pitches shutout in season opener for first time since joining PCL in 1998




By Alex Freedman, OKC Dodgers Director of Media Relations & Broadcasting




Nashville, Tenn. -- Zach Lee pitched six scoreless, efficient innings and combined with three relievers on a four-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Nashville Sounds at First Tennessee Park to begin the 2016 season. It’s the first time the team pitched a shutout in the season opener since joining the Pacific Coast League in 1998.


After anchoring the OKC staff in 2015, Lee (1-0) started 2016 with another strong start. He scattered three hits over six innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. Lee faced just one over the minimum and induced two ground ball double plays. He threw just 63 pitches, a total that included 47 strikes.


Lisalverto Bonilla, Adam Liberatore, and Chin-Hui Tsao each followed with a scoreless inning to complete the shutout. The OKC pitching staff did not allow an extra-base hit and did not allow a runner to reach scoring position until there was one out in the ninth inning. No Nashville player reached third base, and the Dodgers held the Sounds 1-for-9 with runners on base. The quartet of pitchers combined to strike out seven and allow one walk.


At the plate, the Dodgers got off to a fast start in the first inning. Three batters into the game, Rob Segedin connected on a two-run homer to put the Dodgers on the board.


OKC scored twice more in the fourth. With a runner at first, Alex Hassan lined a single to right-center field. Nashville center fielder Tyler Ladendorf committed a two-base fielding error on the play, allowing Jose Tabata to score and Hassan to advance to third base. Hassan scored later in the inning on a RBI groundout by Elian Herrera.


Micah Johnson’s speed keyed the Dodgers’ final run in the seventh inning. Johnson reached base on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second base on a throwing error. He stole third base and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Yasmani Grandal to make it 5-0. Johnson finished his OKC debut 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and two runs scored.


Segedin and Hassan joined Johnson with multi-hit games. Appearing on a rehab assignment, Grandal went 0-for-3 with a RBI.


Nashville starting pitcher Chris Smith was pegged with the loss. Smith (0-1) allowed four runs and four hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked three.


With the win, OKC improved to 13-6 in road openers since 1998. However, it’s just the second time in the past five seasons the team won its overall opener.


The start of the game was delayed by rain for 45 minutes. It continued to rain on and off throughout the entire game, but there were no further delays.


The Dodgers will look to continue their early strong play when they face the Sounds at 6:35 p.m. Friday night. Live coverage begins at 6:20 p.m. on AM 1340 “The Game,” 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.


Video highlights of today’s game are available at the PCL FTP site, pacificcoastleague.exavault.com, in the Nashville folder. The proper files will reflect today’s date, and are accompanied by a text file containing a brief description of the content available.



Oklahoma City Dodgers (1-0) 5, Nashville Sounds (0-1) 0
April 7, 2016



2B: Hassan (1, Wendelken).
HR: Segedin (1, 1st inning off Smith, C, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Hassan 3; Johnson, M 2; Tabata; Segedin 5.
RBI: Segedin 2 (2); Herrera, E (1); Grandal (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Johnson, M 2; Herrera, E; Tabata.
SF: Grandal.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Johnson, M 2 (2, 2nd base off Smith, C/Maxwell, 3rd base off Santos, Ed/Maxwell).

E: Johnson, M (1, fielding).
DP: 3 (Johnson, M-Herrera, E-Anderson, La 2; Herrera, E-Johnson, M-Anderson, La).
TB: Wendle; Pinder; Smolinski; Nunez, R.
GIDP: Ravelo; Maxwell; Smolinski.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
Team LOB: 3.

E: Ladendorf (1, fielding); Pinder 2 (2, fielding, throw).

Lee, Z (W, 1-0) 6.0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Bonilla 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Liberatore 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Tsao 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 4 0 0 1 7 0 0.00
Nashville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Smith, C (L, 0-1) 5.0 4 4 4 3 6 1 7.20
Santos, Ed 1.2 1 1 1 1 1 0 5.40
Wendelken 1.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Healy, T 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 7 5 5 5 10 1 5.00


Game Scores: Lee, Z 68; Smith, C 46.
WP: Smith, C; Healy, T.
Pitches-strikes: Lee, Z 63-46; Bonilla 16-9; Liberatore 21-12; Tsao 10-8; Smith, C 94-54; Santos, Ed 28-15; Wendelken 32-17; Healy, T 20-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lee, Z 9-3; Bonilla 1-0; Liberatore 1-0; Tsao 2-0; Smith, C 7-2; Santos, Ed 2-1; Wendelken 1-0; Healy, T 0-1.
Batters faced: Lee, Z 19; Bonilla 3; Liberatore 4; Tsao 4; Smith, C 23; Santos, Ed 7; Wendelken 6; Healy, T 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Wendelken 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Nick Mahrley. 1B: Pat Hoberg. 2B: Chris Gonzalez. 3B: Garrett Patterson.
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 15 mph, Out to CF.
First pitch: 7:20 PM.
T: 2:39 (:45 delay).
Att: 7,536.
Venue: First Tennessee Park.
April 7, 2016

Compiled by MLB Advanced Media


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