Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ 8-4 win over the El Paso ChihuahuasFriday night. It was Puig’s home debut and he fell a double shy of a cycle. It was El Paso’s first visit to Oklahoma City since August of 2014.
The Dodgers scored three runs, all on two-out hits, in the third inning to go ahead 3-0. Puig’s three-run home run highlighted a five-run bottom of the fourth to put the Dodgers up 8-0. The Chihuahuas scored the game’s final four runs but fell short in the first game of an eight-game road trip.
Patrick Kivlehan went 3-for-4 with three singles in the loss, his first three-hit game with El Paso. Hunter Renfroe pinch hit and struck out in the top of the ninth inning, his first plate appearance since August 6 vs. Tacoma. El Paso’s relief work was excellent on Friday, with Jason Jester, Michael Dimock and Kevin Quackenbush combining for three shutout innings and five strikeouts in the late innings.
Team Records: El Paso (65-55), Oklahoma City (66-52)
Next Game: Saturday at 6:05 pm vs. Oklahoma City at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (4-5, 4.85) vs. Oklahoma City RHP Lisalverto Bonilla (2-4, 5.03). Game coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Oklahoma City 8 El Paso 4 – Friday
WP: De Leon (5-1)
LP: McCutchen (9-9)