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Busch Homer Boosts Dodgers in 6-5 Win

(Eddie Kelly)
June 23, 2022

Oklahoma City Dodgers – 6 Round Rock Express – 5 Thursday, June 23, 2022 – Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark – Oklahoma City, Okla. Game Summary: Michael Busch hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in a 6-5 win against the Round Rock Express Thursday

Oklahoma City Dodgers – 6

Round Rock Express – 5

Thursday, June 23, 2022 – Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark – Oklahoma City, Okla.

Game Summary: Michael Busch hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in a 6-5 win against the Round Rock Express Thursday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. With Oklahoma City trailing, 5-4, Busch hit a two-run homer out to left-center field for a one-run Dodgers lead. Round Rock (36-33) took the first lead of the night in the first inning on a RBI double by Elier Hernandez. OKC (43-26) answered with a RBI single by Jason Martin in the bottom of the frame. In the second inning, the Dodgers took the lead on a RBI double by Miguel Vargas followed by a sacrifice fly by Jake Lamb. A three-run homer by the Express’ Nash Knight in the fourth inning regained the lead for Round Rock, which then added a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. The Dodgers trimmed the lead to one run in the sixth inning when a run scored on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded before Busch’s homer in the seventh inning.

*Of Note: *

-With Thursday’s win, the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in their series against the Express and improved to 43-26 overall matching their season-high mark of 17 games above .500. The Dodgers have now followed up each of their last eight losses with a victory and have not lost consecutive games in the month of June.

-Michael Busch hit his fourth home run in the last eight games and his 17th of the season overall between Double-A Tulsa and OKC. Busch has now hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, going 18-for-59 (.305) with nine extra-base hits and 13 RBI, including a 12-game hitting streak that ended Wednesday.

-Jake Lamb picked up a hit, walk, RBI and scored a run as he boosted his career-best hitting streak to 14 games. During the stretch, he is 21-for-54 (.389) with three homers, seven doubles, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored. The streak is the longest by a Dodgers player this season and the longest since Edwin Ríos hit safely in 14 straight games in August 2019.

-After being shut out Wednesday night, the Dodgers responded with six runs Thursday, scoring six runs for the seventh time in the last eight games and for the 12th time in the last 15 games.

-Miguel Vargas hit a double and recorded two RBI and is now 9-for-24 over his last six games with six RBI, five walks and four runs scored. In 15 games against the Express this season, Vargas has 22 hits and 18 RBI.

-The Dodgers improved to 11-8 in one-run games this season as each of their last two games have been decided by one run.

*What’s Next: *The Dodgers and Express continue their series at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first 1,000 guests will receive an OKC Dodgers water bottle. Braum’s Friends & Family 4-Packs are available for the game that include four tickets, four hats and four Braum’s restaurant vouchers. Friday Night Fireworks are then scheduled to follow the game.

Additionally, the Dodgers are partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to increase awareness on the topic of mental health in the community, focusing on education, advocacy and support to #StrikeOutTheStigma of mental illness. Oklahomans who are working to de-stigmatize the connotations that come with mental health struggles will be recognized throughout the season, including during Friday night’s game.

Tickets are available at okcdodgers.com/tickets. Live radio coverage of each OKC Dodgers game begins 15 minutes before first pitch on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com and through the free iHeartRadio or MiLB First Pitch apps. All OKC Dodgers games are also available streamed live on MiLB.TV with a subscription.