Dodgers Swarm Bees in 11 Innings
Dodgers notch another comeback win; Alex Verdugo’s three-run homer breaks the stalemate in extras
Salt Lake City, Utah – Alex Verdugo hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the 11th inning after the Oklahoma City Dodgers had rallied for two runs to tie the game in the eighth inning, as the Dodgers outlasted the Salt Lake Bees, 6-3, Wednesday night at Smith’s Ballpark.
The Dodgers (62-53) won for the fourth time in their last five games, and each of their last three victories have been in games in which they trailed in the seventh inning or later. Wednesday also marked the third time in the last six games the Dodgers played extra innings.
Trailing, 3-1, after seven innings, the Dodgers scored twice in the eighth inning to pull even. Each of the first three batters reached base, including a RBI single by Edwin Rios to make it a one-run game and put the tying run at third base with one out. Rehabbing Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez followed with a sacrifice fly to tie things up.
The Bees (59-58) had a chance to win in the bottom of the ninth. Bo Way led off the inning with a single and was in scoring position with one out. With runners at first and second base, Josh Ravin struck out Ramon Flores, but Salt Lake had a successful double steal on the third strike, putting the winning run at third base. Ravin then got Carlos Perez to fly out and send the game to extra innings.
In the top of the 11th, Trayce Thompson and O’Koyea Dickson each singled to start off the inning. Verdugo came up next and hit the first pitch from Jason Gurka for a three-run homer to the grass berm in right field to give the Dodgers the lead.
The Bees brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the inning following an infield single and a walk. Dodgers reliever Jacob Rhame entered the game and struck out Perez to wrap up the win, as Rhame earned his second save.
In addition to playing 11 innings, the game was initially delayed by one hour and two minutes due to the threat of rain.
Once play got underway, the Dodgers scored quickly in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Tim Locastro led off the game with a double and advanced to third base on a groundout. Gonzalez followed with a sacrifice fly to pick his first RBI of the night.
Gonzalez finished 1-for-2 with a pair of sacrifice flies. Through four games of his rehab assignment, he’s 3-for-9 with four RBI.
The Bees tied the game without a hit in the fourth inning. Nolan Fontana drew a one-out walk and then advanced to third base on a two-base throwing error on a pickoff attempt by Dodgers pitcher Eddie Gamboa. Later in the same at-bat, Gamboa threw a wild pitch allowing Fontana to score.
Salt Lake took the lead in the fifth inning. With a runner on and two out, Perez sent a line drive down the left field line that eclipsed the fence by just a few feet, resulting in a go-ahead two-run homer.
Gamboa left the game after the home run. He allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits, with five walks and three strikeouts over 4.2 innings.
The Dodgers bullpen kept Salt Lake scoreless for the remainder of the game. Six relievers combined to throw 6.1 innings, allowing three hits and holding the Bees 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
However, the bullpen did allow five walks (one intentional), as the Dodgers tied their season high with 10 walks to go along with 11 strikeouts. Even with all the runners on base, they held Salt Lake 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13 runners.
Ravin (4-0) earned the win after turning in two scoreless innings. He did not allow a hit and issued two walks with three strikeouts.
Salt Lake reliever Jason Gurka was tagged with the loss. After retiring the side in order in the 10th inning, Gurka allowed three runs on four hits in the 11th.
The OKC offense notched 13 hits, led by Locastro’s 4-for-6 performance. He tallied two doubles and scored twice. Thompson, Dickson and Verdugo all finished with multi-hit games as well.
The Dodgers finish their series against the Bees at 8:05 p.m. CT Thursday at Smith’s Ballpark. Live coverage begins at 7:50 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 Salt Lake 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 (62-53) 6, Salt Lake Bees (59-58) 3
August 9, 2017