Oklahoma City scored two runs in the fourth inning with two outs, including the go-ahead run on a bloop single by pitcher Trevor Cahill on Wednesday at Zephyr Field.
The Dodgers (70-47) took a 2-0 lead in the four-game series. The loss was the fourth in the row for New Orleans (51-67), its 12th in 14 games and its eighth in nine home games.
“We just didn’t do enough damage offensively to keep the lead,” Manager Andy Haines said. “We only had six hits, and they were scattered.”
The Z’s had taken a 2-1 lead in the second inning, their first since the 16th inning of Friday’s 3-2 win against Round Rock, a total of 28 innings. Marcell Ozuna scored from third on a slow grounder by Jhonatan Solano. Isaac Golloway followed with an opposite-field single to right that plated Juan Diaz, who had singled after Ozuna walked.
Not so sweet
Playing at home of late has not afforded the Zephyrs the advantage needed for a team that is struggling.
Coming back from the Triple-A All-Star Game break on July 17, the Zephyrs were 42-48. With 12 home games the rest of July and 17 in August, they were hoping to make a big push. However, they’d gone 3-14 at home heading into Wednesday’s game vs. Oklahoma City. Going back a little farther, the Z’s have won 4 of their past 21 at Zephyr Field.
“I think it’s a coincidence of what we’re going through, with so many call-ups,” Manager Andy Haines said. “Just the timing of it has been so many home games during that stretch. It doesn’t have anything to do with the environment or anything like that.”
The Zephyrs entered Wednesday 11 games under .500 in home games (25-36) and only four under in away games (26-30).
Mmore than average
The Oklahoma Dodgers had the best record in the Pacific Coast League despite a batting average of just .258, which is last in the league.
“Overall as a club, we’re good together as far as pitching and hitting,” Manager Damon Berryhill said. “Our average isn’t where we’d like it to be, but we’ve always had a knack this year for coming up with the big hits getting big hits. We’ve stayed in ballgames due to our pitching and given our club the opportunity to come back and win games late. Our guys have responded well all year in those situations.
“Our (batting) averages are down a little big, but we do have a good quality mix of good solid hitters on this club, and they know how to step up when the game is on the line and come through.”
Oklahoma City is solid in the power numbers at sixth in home runs (110) and ninth in doubles (208).
Center fielder Marcell Ozuna returned to the starting lineup Wednesday for the first time since leaving Saturday’s game with a sprained left wrist. After Monday’s off day, he worked in the batting cage Tuesday and said he did well. However, he still had a brace on the wrist. During the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game, he was on deck as a pinch-hitter, but the third out was made.