Massive Inning Lifts Dodgers over Express

The Oklahoma City Dodgers batted the order in the eighth inning to score five runs and ultimately defeat the Round Rock Express by a score of 7-2. The game was tied 2-all going into the eighth inning, with all runs coming from solo home runs.  

Round Rock opened the scoring with a blast by Leody Taveras over the left center field in the first innings.   OKC  responded in the second inning with a long ball by Yoshi Tsutsugo.   The Dodgers edged ahead with shot by Luke Raley to center field.  And Andy Ibanez evened the score with his shot over the left field wall. 

The Dodgers’ eight rally started with a pair of walks to DJ Peters and Keibert Ruiz by Expess relief pitcher Ryder Ryan.  Peters scored on a double by Luke Raley.  Ruiz crossed the plate on a wild pitch and Raley advanced to third base

Sheldon Neuse’s sacrifice fly to left field brough in Luke Raley.  Tsutsugo’s second home run of the game gave OKC a 6-2 lead with two outs. 

Drew Avans reached first on a single to right field.  Avans later stole second base and advance to third on a throwing error by Express catcher John Hicks on the steal.  Avans later scored on a single by Omar Estevez. 

Nick Vincent entered the game, replacing Ryan, and closed the inning with a strike out.   

Round Rock starting pitcher Hyeon-Jong Yang went 3.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 3 batters for no decision.  Ryder Ryan (02) endured the loss, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits in 1 inning of work. 

OKC starter Mike Kickham allowed 1 run on 4 hits in 4 innings on the mound for no decision.  Dodger relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol (2-1) earned the win, pitching 1 inning, allowing no hit or runs.  

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