(Photo Credit: Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman)
While star outfielder Yasiel Puig and pitching prospect Jose De Leon both had impressive evenings for Oklahoma City on Wednesday, center fielder Corey Brown was the big hero of the game, connecting on a two-run smash in the bottom of the ninth inning to clinch a 3-2 victory over former Dodgers’ affiliate Albuquerque, evening the series at one apiece.
Trailing 2-1 in the home half of the ninth frame, first baseman O’Koyea Dickson led off with a single for Oklahoma City. Micah Johnson entered the game to pinch run for Dickson. Brown then launched his 20th home run of the season to send OKC to their third walk-off win of the year.
Left fielder Andrew Toles began the OKC offensive attack with a solo home run that landed on the berm in right-center field in the bottom of the first. The home run was Toles’ second of the season with Oklahoma City.
A sacrifice fly by third baseman Alex Castellanos in the top of the second inning scored catcher Tom Murphy to tie the game, 1-1. Albuquerque then took the lead in the fourth frame when Murphy led off with a solo home run to put the ‘Topes up 2-1, setting the stage for Brown.
Brown’s walk-off smash in the ninth was the second of the season for Oklahoma City.
De León threw a total of 109 pitches over seven very strong innings, surrendering six hits and two runs in the process. He did not allow a walk and tallied 10 strikeouts or more for the third time this season. He started the game in brilliant fashion by striking out the side in the top of the first inning on nine pitches.
In 14 starts over 72 innings of work for OKC this season, De León has amassed a 5-1 record with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.060 WHIP and a 11.1 K/9.
Puig finished his night going 2-for-3, which included a single, a double and a walk. Since being demoted to Triple-A earlier in the month, Yasiel has gone 15-for-30 at the dish in eight games, with three home runs, 11 RBI and six runs scored.
Lisalverto Bonilla will take the hill on Thursday for Oklahoma City in the third game of the series, squaring off against Harrison Musgrave of Albuquerque. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. local time.