Trevor Oaks – ERA 1.89 – Still Winless
The piano man from Riverside is denied his first victory after another quality start tonight in Oklahoma City. Trevor Oaks had his usual efficient outing. Interview with Trevor at ST Working quickly and attacking the bottom of the strike zone, Oaks found the zone often in the first inning. He only needed 13 pitches (9 strikes) to maneuver through the top three in the Redbirds batting order. He induced a lazy fly ball to Trayce Thompson in center for the game’s first out, then got Hoffman and Voit to each strike out swinging to end an impressive opening frame. The 2nd inning was not an atypical Oaks effort, although he did recover to end the threat with the bases loaded. He hit a batter, with a cutter that moved four feet, and he walked a batter in the top of the 2nd as well. The bout of temporary wildness came after a one out single to Kelly, then Oaks hit Bader and walked Tovar. Trevor showed his poise and worked out of the jam in a calm but serious demeanor. Tommy Pham, the hottest hitter in the Memphis line-up, lead off the 3rd with a sharp single and Oaks would once again work from the stretch. No problem for the right handed sinker ball specialist, he proceeded to dispatch the next three Redbird hitters, numbers 2, 3 and 4 in the line-up. Oaks cruised through the 4th and the 5th innings respectively and had thrown 82 pitches at the end of 5 innings. The most he had thrown previously was in his last start, 79 pitches. Manager Bill Hasselman did not take any chances with his young ace and relied on the bullpen for the rest of the night.
Trevor Oaks Pitching Line Tonight
O’Koyea Dickson HR & Nothing More
The Dodgers offense, besides a first inning blast by O’Koyea Dickson, never got it together against the Memphis Redbirds on Saturday evening. Dickson crushed a fastball over the fence in left center field and it looked as though the Dodgers would be off and rolling from an offensive standpoint. It was not to be tonight as the Redbirds starter Daniel Poncedeleon was stingy with base runners, and matched Oaks inning for inning in the early going. Singles from Alex Verdugo, Darnell Sweeney and Charlie Culberson, the extent of the attack from the AAA Dodgers. After Poncedeleon, the Memphis bullpen came in for three perfect innings to ensure that OKC kept their bats from waking late. Trayce Thompson, still shaking off the rust from a short spring training, continued his batting of zero for 2017 so far between OKC and LA.
Not Much Offense for OKC
|Oklahoma City Dodgers|
|a- Ike Davis||PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
Bullpen and rest of game
Joe Broussard pitched the 6th and 7th, and had a big strikeout of Tommy Pham, one of the hot hitters for Memphis to end the 7th scoreless with a runner at first. Layne Somsen enters in the 8th. Somsen, surrendered one hit but managed the 8th inning well to keep the Redbirds from advancing the runner or scoring. Both Broussard and Somsen were fantastic tonight. Their performances will get lost in the story of this game, but should be noted. Neither righty reliever has surrendered an earned run yet in 2017. Interview with Joe at ST
|Oklahoma City Dodgers|
|Joe Broussard (H, 1)||2.0||1||0||0||1||2||0||0.00|
|Layne Somsen (H, 1)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Brandon Morrow (BS, 1)(L, 0-3)||0.0||6||6||6||0||0||0||11.57|
Then in the 9th the Redbirds got their bats going against RHP Brandon Morrow. Three straight singles and Memphis tied up the game, after all that fantastic pitching by Oaks, Broussard and Somsen. Two run single by Tommy Pham with the bases loaded made the score 3 – 1. With the anemic offense that lead seemed insurmountable. Then Huffman singled in two more for the Cardinals affiliate and the game really became out of control. 5 -1. Then Voit with an RBI single and it was a 6 – 1 deficit. Still no outs recorded by Brandon Morrow. He was never able to record an out. He faced seven batters, all reached base. Six hits, and a fielders choice that resulted in no outs as Morrow’s throw to third was late after he played the bunt. So the Dodgers had the lead going into the ninth 1-0, and lost after going quietly in the bottom of the 9th 6-1.