Smith homers in fifth straight game with game-winning blast

EL PASO, Texas – A key two-run double by Connor Joe and go-ahead home run by Will Smith paired with a great effort from the pitching staff led to a 3-2 win for the Oklahoma City Dodgers over the El Paso Chihuahuas Monday night at Southwest University Park.

The Dodgers trailed, 2-0, entering the seventh inning and had been held to four hits through six innings. Angelo Mora began the seventh with a double, and two batters later, Errol Robinson singled to put runners at the corners with one out.

OKC relief pitcher Josh Sborz came up next and laid down what appeared to be a successful squeeze bunt, scoring Mora and advancing Robinson to second base. However, Sborz was called out for running too far inside the baseline, and Mora and Robinson were returned to their bases.

Joe then came through in the clutch, sending a gametying double to left-center field. Up to that point, the Dodgers were just 1-for-11 with runners on base.

After Sborz returned to the mound and retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh, Smith led off the eighth inning with the game still tied. He hit a high fly ball onto the walkway above the grass seating in left field, giving the Dodgers their first lead.

 

 

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