The Oklahoma City Dodgers on Tuesday afternoon fell apart on the mound and in the field, and the Zephyrs took advantage, cruising to a 10-4 win at Zephyr Field.
Trailing by one run, New Orleans scored four in the seventh and three in the eighth, thanks to a multitude of Oklahoma City errors.
Two scores in the seventh occurred on wild pitches and in the eighth, Brandon Bantz and Vinny Rottino drove in runs. The Zephyrs scored their final run when Reid Brignac, walked with the bases loaded.
Oklahoma City allowed seven walks in the two innings — four of the batters eventually scored.
Apparently, New Orleans picked the right moment to play Oklahoma City (22-11), which has lost four consecutive games. During this losing streak, the Dodgers have been outscored 35-8 — opponents have scored 10 runs in three of these games.
Oklahoma City’s four-run lead in the top of the second marked the team’s largest blown lead of the season.
Brignac and Bantz went 3-for-4 against Oklahoma City. Brignac also drove in three runs, while Bantz added one.
Brignac, a former St. Amant High School product and second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays (2004 draft), is hitting .357. For Bantz, his performance was his best since his May 8 outing against Memphis ( 4 RBIs, including two-run home run).
Slow start, smooth finish
In the second, O’Koyea Dickson homered to left field off Zephyrs right-hander Jose Urena, who allowed his first home run of the season. Urena, though, pitched seven innings.
Urena allowed four runs (two earned) against Oklahoma City, improving this season to 3-0.
In his last six appearances, New Orleans closer Vin Mazzaro has allowed just three runs off nine hits in 8.2 innings. On Wednesday, he pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
The Zephyrs finished with seven walks — Oklahoma City had two.
One day after going 4-for-4, Isaac Gallaway sat out Wednesday’s game. Galloway leads New Orleans in triples (three).
The Zephyrs gave Oklahoma City its first loss of the season when scoring first (12-1).