The Sky Sox rolled into Oklahoma City looking to return to their winning ways, but were greeted by the red-hot Dodgers and handed a 7-2 loss in the series opener Monday night. Jorge Lopez took the hill and gave up four runs across the first two innings and another two in the fourth before being pulled from the game. The Fourth of July fireworks started early for the Dodgers offensively, but also on the mound. In the bottom of the fourth, Jorge Lopez was struggling and hit Rob Segedin with a pitch before recording the third out of the inning. OKC started Logan Bawcom took exception to that and hit Eric Young, Jr. to begin the fifth. He was ejected as was manager Bill Haselman, but cooler heads prevailed for the rest of the evening. The Sky Sox offense was silenced to the tune of two manufactured runs on six hits.
Hitting Notes –
Kyle Wren bolstered the six-hit attack with a pair of knocks, collected the lone multi-hit game, and the lone RBI for the Sox.
Pitching Notes –
Jorge Lopez struggled out of the gate and seemed to let his emotions get the best of him in his eighth road outing of the season. He allowed 6 runs on 9 hits, 1 homer, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts in four innings of work against the Dodgers. He balked in a run and hit a batter in his performance which saw him throw 76 pitches, 48 for strikes.
Michael Kirkman came on in the eighth and gave up the final OKC run on three hits.
Play of the Game –
The Sky Sox made a couple defensive gems in the five-run loss, but the best came via Josmil Pinto in the second inning. Zach Walters ripped a groundball down the line at first that was picked by Pinto and he flipped it to the covering pitcher Lopez for the 3-1 out.
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