Oklahoma City, Okla. — The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored a pair of unearned runs in the ninth inning and rallied to defeat the New Orleans Zephyrs 7-6 on Thursday.
The Z’s defense has been impeccable with two errors spanning their last fourteen games and led the league in fielding, but a throwing error led to a pair of unearned runs.
The Zephyrs rallied with three eighth inning runs to overcome a 5-3 deficit. Vinny Rottino led the Zephyrs with four hits, two doubles, and a triple and three RBIs.
New Orleans starter Justin Nicolino had a streak of 20 consecutive innings without allowing a run snapped in the fourth inning. He allowed 5 runs on 12 hits in six innings.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the ninth with two walks and a single off of Carter Capps, when Kyle Seager hit a ground ball to first base. Brady Shoemaker’s bobble led to an errant throw home allowing two runs to score and allow the Dodgers to walk off winners.
Oklahoma City improved its league best record to 20-7 and the Zephyrs are now 12-13.
The Z’s and Dodgers game was delayed by rain. The Zephyrs have had seven rain delays this season. The Z’s defense has league best .990 fielding percentage with just two errors in their last 14 games. The team is tied for the league lead with 34 double plays. The Z’s activated pitcher Rob Morey from the disabled list and reassigned Salvador Sanchez to Class A Batavia.
The Zephyrs continue the eight game road trip in Memphis a 7:05 p.m. Friday. The Z’s will start RHP Jose Urena (1-0, 1.13) against LHP Kyle Hald (0-1, 5.40) Radio: WMTI 106.1 FM