The Oklahoma City Dodgers blasted five home runs and the offense stayed hot to open their critical series with El Paso Chihuahuas with a 16-1 victory Tuesday night at Southwest University Park. The game was scoreless until James Outman hit a two-run homer in the third inning, giving the Dodgers (80-62) their first lead. OKC hit two more homers in the second inning, with Ryan Noda connected on a two-run homer and Jake Amaya cleared the batter’s eye in center field with a three-run blast to extend the lead to 7-0. After El Paso (80-62) scored one run in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Dodger piled on seven runs in the fifth inning. As part of the rally, Drew Avans hit a RBI single, Edwin Ríos added a two-run double and Tomás Telis hit a three-run homer. The team’s fifth and final homer occurred when Michael Busch hit the first pitch of the seventh inning out to left-center field. The last run of the game scored on a bases loaded walk by Noda in the eighth inning. OKC starting pitcher Gavin Stone earned his first Triple-A win by holding the Chihuahuas to one run and three hits over six innings.
Of Note: -With Tuesday’s win, the Dodgers moved into a tie with El Paso for first place in the PCL East Division standings with five games remaining in the current head-to-head series and eight games remaining in the regular season. The Dodgers currently own a 12-10 edge in the season series against the Chihuahuas, with wins in each of the last four games.
-The Dodgers have won five straight games overall for the first time since a July 22-27 at home and it’s the team’s first five-game road winning streak since April 15-20, which included three wins in El Paso. This is the team’s third five-game winning streak of the season, tied for the season high.
-The Dodgers scored 16 runs on 16 hits Tuesday. They have now scored at least 11 runs in four straight games totaling 50 runs over that span. Tuesday marked the fourth time the team has scored 16 or more runs this season. It’s also the first time this season the Dodgers have scored double figures in four straight games. The Dodgers have collected at least 12 hits in five straight games for a total of 68 hits. Of the 68 hits, 30 have gone for extra bases, including 16 home runs. The Dodgers tallied 11 extra-base hits Tuesday, tying their season high set May 12 at Round Rock. They finished Tuesday with five doubles, one triple…