Stubbs’ two runs not enough as Oklahoma City dodges Express 10-7

OKLAHOMA CITY — Atlanta Rabb alumnus Drew Stubbs’ two runs weren’t enough as the as the Oklahoma City Dodgers rallied with a six-run bottom of the ninth to win 10-7 Sunday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Park.

The centerfielder went 0-of-2 at the plate, including one strikeout. Stubbs was walked twice and managed to score two runs while also stranding one runner.

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to give the Round Rock Express a 7-4 lead, but the Dodgers overcame the deficit in their portion of the ninth inning.

The former Liberty-Eylau Leopard went 1-of-5 from the plate, striking in each of his four other at-bats. Middlebrooks also left three on base.

Right-handed pitcher Clayton Blackburn started for the fifth time for Triple-A Round Rock, going 5.0 innings and allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits. Blackburn struck out four and walked four others as he threw 50 strikes out of 90 pitches. The Amarillo, Texas native took a no decision.

Brady Dragmire was tagged with the loss for the Express. Dragmire went 0.1 innings and gave up three runs on two hits and walked another to go 0-4 on the year with a 5.70 ERA.

Left-handed pitcher Dario Alvarez went 1.1 innings and allowed one hit while striking out two.

The Express fall to 30-34 in the Pacific Coast League’s Southern division. They will face division foe New Orleans on Tuesday at the Shrine on Airline in Metairie, Louisiana for a four-game series.