Dodgers Stay Hot on Chilly Night in Omaha
Culberson tallies two more hits and three RBI; Font and Bray hold Storm Chasers to one run
Papillion, Neb. – The Oklahoma City Dodgers pitching staff continued its recent roll and the team took control of the game with an impressive two-out rally in the seventh inning, defeating the Omaha Storm Chasers, 6-1, Friday night.
On a night where the temperature was around 40 degrees with wind chills in the 30s and a constant drizzle falling, the Dodgers (12-9) survived the elements to win their fourth straight game overall, as well as seventh straight game at Werner Park.
The pitching duo of Wilmer Font and Adam Bray held the Storm Chasers (11-10) to one run and six hits, while tallying nine strikeouts and no walks. Over the last 43 innings, the Dodgers have surrendered just three runs and one extra-base hit while keeping their opponents scoreless in 41 frames.
The Dodgers opened the scoring in the third inning with a pair of runs. Darnell Sweeney drew a leadoff walk and promptly stole second base. Charlie Culberson followed with a RBI double to deep left field, giving OKC a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, O’Koyea Dickson hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
After giving up a bloop double to the very first batter he faced, Font proceeded to retire the next 11 straight batters, as well as 15 of the next 17, keeping Omaha scoreless through five innings.
The Storm Chasers gained some traction in the sixth and opened the inning with three consecutive singles. A RBI single by Jorge Soler cut the Dodgers’ lead to 2-1 and put two runners on with none out.
Font then induced a pop out and fly out before giving way to Bray. Making his Triple-A debut, Bray got Bubba Starling to ground out and protect the Dodgers’ lead.
OKC then broke the game open with an impressive two-out rally in the top of the seventh. The Dodgers tallied four straight hits with two outs, including three straight run-scoring hits.
Following a double by Sweeney that puts runners at second and third base, Culberson sent a two-run single down the left field line to make it a 4-1 game. Through the first two games of the current series, Culberson is 6-for-11 with three doubles. He tallied three RBI Friday night, doubling his season total entering the game.
Willie Calhoun knocked a RBI single, and Dickson finished things off with a RBI double, as he collected his second consecutive multi-RBI game.
There was little drama thereafter, as Bray used just 33 pitches to record the final 10 outs of the game. He retired nine of 10 batters overall, facing the minimum over the final 3.1 innings. Bray struck out two batters and earned the save.
Font (2-2) turned in a season-high 5.2 innings and allowed one run and five hits. He notched seven strikeouts and did not allow a walk.
Omaha starting pitcher Eric Skoglund was solid over six innings, but ended up with the loss. Skoglund (1-2) gave up just two runs and two hits, with three walks and two strikeouts.
The Dodgers look to match their longest winning streak of the season when they face the Storm Chasers Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Live coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on AM 1340 “The Game,” 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.
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Oklahoma City Dodgers (12-9) 6, Omaha Storm Chasers (11-10) 1