A sixth inning home run doomed the Nashville Sounds during Thursday night’s series opener at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, and Oklahoma City Dodgers grabbed a 3-1 win.
Barry Zito came into tonight’s start with a 21 inning scoreless streak and pushed it all the way to 26.2 before the Dodgers finally struck with a long ball. The scoreless streak started on May 26 for the left-hander and stands as the longest by a Sounds pitcher this season.
The 37-year old ended his night following six frames with the three runs and five strikeouts. Zito never walked a batter for the first time this season, helping him to his fourth consecutive quality start. The veteran’s loss dropped him to 1-4 away from First Tennessee Park.
Oklahoma City starter Scott Baker improved to 5-3 this season with seven innings of one-run ball. Andy Wilkins provided the offense for the Dodgers. The first baseman’s three-run blast was his sixth of the season.
The Nashville offense gave its starter an early lead. Bryan Anderson hit his second home run of the season with one out in the second to jump ahead 1-0. The homer was just the 24th the Sounds have hit this year, the fewest in the league.
The Sounds got a runner to third in both the sixth and eighth innings, but were never able to capitalize. They finished 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in the loss. Nashville’s six hits each came from a different player, but Oklahoma City was able to outhit the Sounds and take the first game of the four-game set.
Brock Huntzinger had a scoreless streak of his own that was extended. The pitcher delivered a scoreless seventh and moved his streak to 13.2 innings without a run, the longest by a Nashville reliever this year.
Oklahoma City has now won seven of the first nine games against the Sounds this season. Nashville looks to break through tomorrow at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark as they send rehabbing pitcher A.J. Griffin out for the start. The Dodgers are scheduled to pitch Ian Thomas in the 7:05 p.m. contest.