OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Memphis and Oklahoma City (Triple-A Dodgers) played five innings Tuesday night in Oklahoma City before the game was called due to rain, giving the Dodgers a 4-0 win in game one of the four-game series.
Memphis (5-6) has now been affected by weather on each of the last four days, as Saturday’s and Sunday’s games in Colorado Springs were postponed due to snow and the second game of a doubleheader on Monday was postponed due to cold.
J.C. Sulbaran absorbed his first loss of the season for the Redbirds after surrendering seven hits and four earned runs in 4.2 innings. Jharel Cotton pitched all five innings for the Dodgers (7-5) and gave up just two hits en route to his first win of the season.
Oklahoma City opened the scoring in the second inning on an RBI triple by James Ramsey, and the Dodgers plated a second run in the fourth when Jose Tabata singled home Corey Brown.
Jonathan Rodriguez singled to lead off the Memphis fifth and bring the tying run to the plate, but Dean Anna flew out and Mike Ohlman grounded into a double play to wipe out the threat.
Oklahoma City hit another triple to begin in home-half of the fifth, and a sacrifice fly, a double and a single accounted for two more runs to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead after five frames.
The other Memphis hit on the night was a double by Sulbaran, giving the Redbirds their 11th-straight game with an extra-base hit and marking the first hit by a Redbird hurler this season.
After a 55-minute rain delay, the game was called, giving the Dodgers the victory.
Game two between Memphis and Oklahoma City is tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. (CT), and the series wraps up with 7:05 games on Thursday and Friday. The Redbirds return home on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. to host Round Rock to start a four-game set that features Fireworks Night on Saturday and Bark In The Park theme day on Sunday. All road games will be broadcast on MiLB.tv and on the radio on Sports 56 and 87.7 FM with Steve Selby on the call. The radio broadcast is also available on MemphisRedbirds.com.