Nashville, TN – The Oklahoma City Dodgers’ steady offense led to a 7-3 win over the Nashville Sounds in front of a sellout crowd of 10,023 Thursday night at First Tennessee Park.
In a battle of first place teams in the PCL’s American Conference, Oklahoma City grabbed game one of the four-game series thanks to scoring in five different innings.
The trouble started right away for Nashville’s Angel Castro. Micah Johnson opened the game with a double to the left field wall against the Sounds’ starter. Corey Brown knocked him in with a groundout to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead before the Sounds came to the plate.After Nashville left a pair of runners on base in the home half of the first, Oklahoma City was at it again in the second. Jack Murphy drove in Charlie Culberson with the second run of the game, and Castro issued a bases loaded walk to force in Andrew Toles to make it 3-0.
Jaycob Brugman started the bottom of the third with a double to left-center. He quickly moved to third when Chad Pinder followed with a base hit up the middle. Ryon Healy’s groundout brought in Brugman to cut the deficit to 3-1.
That’s as close as the Sounds would get as the Dodgers continued to tack on runs. Jack Murphy, who went 4-for-4, plated Zach Walters with a base hit in the fourth.
Castro was finished after six innings and gave way to Ryan Doolittle. The reliever was greeted by Corey Brown who launched the first pitch he saw into The Band Box for a solo home run. O’Koyea Dickson did the same thing to the other side of the field as he blasted his own solo shot out to left field to open up a 6-1 lead.
Matt Olson added a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the ninth inning but it was too late. The home run for Olson was his eighth of the season.
Castro was tagged with the loss and Jose De Leon picked up the win for the Dodgers after allowing one run in five innings.
Olson and Brugman each had multi-hit games for the Sounds who dropped to 47-34 on the season. Murphy’s four hits led the way for the Dodgers who improved to 43-36.
Game two of the four-game series is set for Friday night at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Nick Tepesch (7-2, 3.66) starts in his Sounds debut against right-hander Jharel Cotton (6-4, 4.98) for the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com