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
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.