OKLAHOMA CITY — One day after pitching a shutout against the top team in the Pacific Coast League, the Tacoma Rainiers saw the true talents of the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Oklahoma City scored in each of the first four innings on the way to a 9-1 win over Tacoma on Sunday evening. The Dodgers improved their record to 25 games over .500 (73-48).
Tacoma (57-65) was put in a bind 30 minutes before the first pitch when scheduled starter Edgar Olmos was scratched for a possible call-up by the parent Seattle Mariners.
Reliever Tyler Olson made the emergency start, and he allowed single runs in each of the first three innings — two of them unearned. Tiring while pitching a fourth inning for the first time this season, Olson allowed three more runs and left trailing, 6-0.
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“He did a nice job — don’t look at the numbers,” Tacoma manager Pat Listach said. “You make a couple of errors behind a guy, he has to make extra pitches early in the game, and he gets tired a little faster because he’s not used to starting.”
The Rainiers couldn’t muster any offense against Dodgers starter Joe Wieland, who carried a shutout into the eighth inning. Tacoma scored when Jabari Blash doubled, and Daniel Paolini singled him home in the eighth.
“I didn’t think he (Wieland) had great stuff, but he was effective against us, scattering six hits,” Listach said. “I was not pleased with some of the at-bats we had. I thought he gave us some pitches to hit, and we didn’t hit them.”
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager went 2 for 4, scoring a pair of runs. The 21-year-old brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has hit four line drives in the first two games of the series.
“He’s going to be a good major-league player for a long time,” said Listach. “He can hit, he can play defense, he has good instincts, and he has a big brother who has five years of experience who he can lean on for advice.”
Corey Seager is considered one of the top prospects in the minors. One of the youngest players in the PCL, he’s batting .276 with nine home runs in 86 games for Oklahoma City.
The series is split, 1-1. The last two annual series between Tacoma and Oklahoma City have been sweeps. Tacoma swept the then-RedHawks at Cheney Stadium in 2014, while Oklahoma City won all four games at Bricktown Ballpark in 2013. … Andy Wilkins hit two sacrifice flies for Oklahoma City, increasing his PCL-leading total to 11.
The third game of the four-game series will begin at 5:05 (PDT) Monday. Tacoma will start Forrest Snow (8-8, 4.10 ERA) against Oklahoma City’s Eric Surkamp (6-3, 3.96).
Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.