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Dodgers Scratch Past Chihuahuas, 6-3

MIchael Busch hit his fourth home run in seven games Tuesday night. (Cody Roper/Oklahoma City Dodgers)
June 29, 2022

Oklahoma City Dodgers – 6 El Paso Chihuahuas – 3 Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – Southwest University Park – El Paso, Texas Game Summary: The Oklahoma City Dodgers used a pair of three-run innings and pitched out of several jams throughout the game, leading the way to a 6-3 win

Oklahoma City Dodgers – 6

El Paso Chihuahuas – 3

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – Southwest University Park – El Paso, Texas

*Game Summary: *The Oklahoma City Dodgers used a pair of three-run innings and pitched out of several jams throughout the game, leading the way to a 6-3 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Tuesday at Southwest University Park. El Paso (40-33) took a 2-0 lead on a Brett Sullivan triple in the second inning, but the Chihuahuas stranded the bases loaded the next inning with a chance to extend the lead. The Dodgers (46-27) scored three runs with two outs in the fifth inning, including a RBI single by Drew Avans and two-run double by Miguel Vargas. The Chihuahuas loaded the bases with none out in bottom of the inning before OKC reliever Marshall Kasowski came into the game and notched a strikeout and a ground ball double play to keep the lead intact. Still trailing by one run, El Paso put runners at second and third with none out in the seventh inning, but OKC relievers Dellin Betances and Daniel Zamora kept the Chihuahuas off the board. In the top of the eighth inning, Michael Busch and Jason Martin hit back-to-back homers, totaling three runs and stretching the lead to 6-2. Luis Campusano led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run before Garrett Cleavinger retired the next three batters to end the game.

Of Note:

-The Dodgers have won nine of their last 12 games, 11 of their last 15 games and 15 of their last 20 games. They are also 11-4 in their last 15 road games. At 46-27 overall this season, OKC is now a season-high 19 games above .500. With a win over the second-place Chihuahuas, the Dodgers lead the PCL’s East Division by a season-best 6.0 games.

-Miguel Vargas went 2-for-4 with a two-run double, and for the second straight game, he put the Dodgers in the lead for good with a go-ahead hit in the fifth inning. Vargas has now hit safely in 10 consecutive games, going 15-for-39 (.385) with nine RBI, six walks and seven runs scored. It’s the second time he’s recorded a 10-game hitting streak this season, with the first instance May 28-June 9.

-Michael Busch hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning over the Big Dog House in right field that traveled an estimated 449 feet. Busch has now homered in four of his last seven games and six of his last 12 games. At 19 home runs overall between OKC and Double-A Tulsa, Busch leads all Dodgers minor leaguers. He finished Tuesday 2-for-4 and has now hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games.

-Jason Martin followed Busch’s home run with a solo blast in the eighth inning, as the Dodgers hit back-to-back home runs for the fifth time this season. Martin is tied with Busch for the team lead with six home runs in June. He has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games with six homers, two triples, four doubles and 18 RBI.

-The Dodgers have now hit a home run in 14 of the last 15 games (22 HR) and in 20 of the last 22 games (32 HR).

-For the sixth time in the last nine games, the OKC pitching staff allowed three or fewer runs. They held El Paso 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and allowed just one run in six plate appearances with a runner at third base and less than two outs.

-The bullpen covered the final 5.0 innings Tuesday, allowing just one run and three hits, keeping El Paso 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Marshall Kasowski earned his first win of year with 2.0 scoreless innings. He inherited the bases loaded with none out in the fifth inning and struck out Brent Rooker and then got Taylor Kohlwey to ground into an inning-ending double play. Kasowski remained the in game and completed a scoreless sixth inning as well…Although starting pitcher Ryan Pepiot labored over four-plus innings, the Dodgers improved to 11-0 in Pepiot’s starts this season.

What’s Next: The Dodgers continue their series in El Paso at 7:35 p.m. CT Wednesday at Southwest University Park. 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.