Oklahoma City fell behind early Friday night and couldn’t dig their way out, falling to El Paso (Padres) by the score of 6-2. The loss drops the Dodgers to 5-3 in eight games in the Triple-A Final Stretch and effectively ends their hopes of winning the playoff tournament of sorts, with Durham (Rays) posting an 8-0 record to this point.
The Dodgers will close out their season with two more in front of the home crowd over the weekend.
Down 3-0 in the sixth inning, Luke Raley smoked a 3-2 pitch out to right center for a two-run homer that brought OKC within one. A hit batter and a double later and the Dodgers were threatening with nobody out.
The Chihuahuas went to their bullpen to squash the rally, with righty Nick Ramirez striking out the next two. After hitting Andy Burns to load the bases, Carlos Asuaje grounded out to close out the best opportunity for Oklahoma City to take a lead.
El Paso immediately got those runs back and more, scoring three runs in the seventh to give themselves plenty of room to lockdown the victory.
- The Dodgers on Friday named Miguel Vargas and Hyun-il Choi the minor league players of the year for the organization.
- Billy McKinney played the third game of his Major League Rehab Assignment with OKC and connected on a double for a second straight night, going 1-for-4 Friday night.
The Dodgers and Chihuahuas continue their five-game series into the weekend for the final two games of the season. OKC will send Andre Jackson (2-3, 5.13) against El Paso and left-hander Daniel Camarena (5-7, 5.00).