OKC Dodgers journal: OKC loses hot-hitting Dickson
Dickson out for remainder of the playoffs
Oklahoma City Dodgers outfielder O'Koyea Dickson thought it was just a cramp in his quad Wednesday. Then when it gave out a second time, he knew he was in trouble.
Turns out, his season built around a remarkable turnaround is over.
Dickson — the Dodgers' hottest hitter for the second half of the season — was placed on the 7-day disabled list, effectively ending his season.
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And it comes at the worst possible time. His hitting tear had the organization talking about a possible promotion to the majors for the first time once OKC's season ended.
“Anytime you get hurt isn't the greatest time,” Dickson said. “I just wish I could be able to finish it out with the team. It's all part of it, I guess.”
Dickson, 26, spent the majority of the first two months of the season on the disabled list, though he wasn't hurt. He was activated May 22 and immediately took off.
He finished the year with a .328 average, his highest season average since batting .333 in 48 games in 2011 after being drafted that June in the 12th round from Division II Sonoma State.
Dickson also hit a career-high 18 home runs.
He was also huge in OKC beating Nashville in the opening round of the postseason, belting three home runs and driving in eight runs.
“The ability has always been there,” Dickson said. “I just think my mindset has been totally different. (Hitting coach Shawn Wooten) definitely helped set the foundation for the year. I'm just really grateful the coaching staff helped me out a lot, whether it was defense with (Luis) Matos in the outfield, (Matt) Herges and Wooten in the infield. It's been a group effort.”
Dickson is a free agent after the season, and he's not sure of the next step.
“I just want to focus on today, go out there and cheer on these guys,” Dickson said. “Three in a row would be nice. Getting an opportunity to get a ring would be really nice, too.”
DODGERS ESTABLISH PITCHING RECORDS
The Dodgers established several club pitching records this season since joining the Pacific Coast League in 1998, including a team-best ERA of 3.72, which was second in league behind Nashville's 3.42.
OKC's pitching staff racked up a league leading 1,245 strikeouts, setting a PCL modern day record for strikeouts in a single season in just 141 games. The pitching staff posted 12 shutouts and had the fewest walks in the PCL.
JOHNSON RUNNING WILD
Dodgers' infielder Micah Johnson stole three bases in Friday night's game, giving him eight in the playoffs.
His three stolen based Friday night were a season-high in a game for the Dodgers.
Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer
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