The El Paso Chihuahuas scored eight runs between the fourth and fifth innings to come back and beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 9-8, Wednesday afternoon at Southwest University Park, regaining sole possession of first place in the PCL’s East Division with seven games remaining in the regular season. The Chihuahuas (81-62) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a solo homer by Brandon Dixon. The Dodgers (80-63) ripped off six runs in the third inning, as each of the first seven batters reached base. Drew Avans tied the game with a RBI single, and Kevin Pillar gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead with a two-run single. Edwin Ríos stepped up next and hammered a three-run homer off the scoreboard in right-center field to make it 6-1. The Dodgers added a run in the fourth inning with a RBI groundout by Ryan Noda before things turned south. The Chihuahuas scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, including a three-run homer by Matthew Batten. Four more runs scored in the fifth inning as El Paso collected four extra-base hits during the rally to go-ahead, 9-7. Avans provided his second RBI single of the day in the sixth inning to cut the lead to one run. Even though the OKC pitching staff kept the team within one run for the remainder of the game, the Dodgers could not advance the potential tying run any closer than second base.
Of Note: -With Wednesday’s loss, the Dodgers fell one game behind El Paso for first place in the PCL East Division standings with four games remaining in the current head-to-head series and seven games remaining in the regular season. The Dodgers currently own a 12-11 edge in the season series against the Chihuahuas, who snapped a four-game losing streak against the Dodgers.
-The Dodgers’ five-game win streak came to an end. It was the team’s third winning streak of five games this season, but the team still has not had a six-game winning streak since July 2019. Going back to last season, the team has lost in each of its last five attempts at a six-game win streak.
-The Dodgers saw a four-game streak scoring at least 11 runs come to an end, but they did score at least eight runs for a for a fifth straight game (58 runs) and at least six runs for a sixth straight game (64 runs). The Dodgers also collected at least 11 hits for a sixth straight game for a total of 79 hits. Of the 79 hits, 34 have gone for extra bases, including 17 home runs.