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OKC uses early lead to hold off Sacramento

Oklahoma City Baseball Club

April 21, 2024 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)
News item from the Oklahoma City Baseball Club

All five runs scored by the Oklahoma City Baseball Club came in the first two innings on Sunday afternoon, as Oklahoma City held on for a 5-4 victory against the Sacramento River Cats at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. OKC (12-9) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the series finale between the teams. Two runs were scored when Trey Sweeney singled into center field, which was accompanied by a Sacramento fielding error. Later in the inning, Ryan Ward connected on an RBI groundout for a 3-0 lead. Drew Avans hit a two-RBI single to center field in the second inning for a 5-0 OKC advantage. An RBI single in the fourth inning put Sacramento (14-7) on the scoreboard. Hereafter, the River Cats added three more runs in the eighth inning to cut OKC’s lead to one run. After an RBI single, the River Cats loaded the bases with no outs and drove in two more runs on a sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Donovan Walton. Oklahoma City pitcher Kevin Gowdy retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning to seal the win and record his fourth save of the season.

Of interest:

-Oklahoma City snapped a three-game losing streak with the win, ending its longest losing streak this season overall, as well as at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in 2024…Sacramento won the six-game series 4-2, for OKC’s first home series loss of 2024. Last season, OKC didn’t lose a home series against Salt Lake until June 13-18.

-Oklahoma City scored the game’s first points in the first inning, marking the first time in the six-game series that OKC scored first. OKC’s quick lead on Sunday was also only the second time in the series against Sacramento that OKC had a lead, the other time being OKC’s 4-3 win on Wednesday.

-The one-run game was the fifth in the series to be decided by two runs or less and was also the 15th game for OKC this season to be decided by one or two runs. At Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark this season, 10 of OKC’s first 12 games were decided by two runs or fewer and OKC is now 6-4 in those games.

-Jonathan Araúz went 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 13-for-44 during the stretch with five doubles and a home run. His hitting streak is the longest in the PCL to start the season.

-Drew Avans went 3-for-5 with two RBI, scored a run and recorded two stolen bases. It was his second three-hit game of the season, while his two stolen bases and two RBI were season highs… Avans moved into a tie for second on OKC’s all-time career leaders list for stolen bases during the Bricktown era (since 1998) , as he now has 87. He also tied for seventh on OKC’s career hits list with a total of 339 hits.

-Trey Sweeney went 1-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run and has now reached base safely in each of his first 20 Triple-A games. He owns the longest on-base streak in the PCL to start the season.

Up Next: Oklahoma City travels to Albuquerque for a six-game road series against the Isotopes beginning at 7:35 PM CT Tuesday at Isotopes Park. Live radio coverage of every OKC Baseball Club game begins 15 minutes before the first pitch on AM 1340 “The Game”, 1340thegame.com and via the free iHeartRadio or MiLB First Pitch apps.

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