Six-run second inning helps Oklahoma City top Chasers; game called in eighth because of lightning

Oklahoma City scored six runs in the top of the second inning then held off Omaha for a 7-5 victory at Werner Park on Wednesday in a game that was called in the eighth when a storm entered the area.

The Dodgers sent 10 batters to the plate in the frame, which started with a throwing error by Storm Chasers shortstop Nicky Lopez. Kyle Garlick ended up at second base on that play. Oklahoma City designated hitter Jake Peter, a former teammate of Lopez at Creighton, followed with an RBI single.

Cameron Perkins and Matt Beaty both doubled, and Ezequiel Carrera plated two runs with a single as the Dodgers batted around against Omaha starter Arnaldo Hernandez (0-1). Perkins added a run-scoring single in the seventh to extend Oklahoma City’s lead back to two after the Chasers cut it to 6-5.

Cheslor Cuthbert singled twice and drove in two runs for Omaha, which was outhit 13-6. Humberto Arteaga recorded an infield hit in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, dating to last season.

Reliever Kevin Quackenbush (1-0) was credited with the win. He pitched the Dodgers out of a jam in the fourth by striking out Jorge Bonifacio with two runners on after the Chasers cut the lead to one.

Oklahoma City was batting in the eighth when the game was delayed for lightning. It was called 35 minutes later.

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