Oklahoma City, Okla. - The Oklahoma City RedHawks (66-60) got a walk-off single from a pitcher Brian Bass to beat the Fresno Grizzlies (65-61) 3-2 in 12 innings in front of 8,372 on Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
In the span of three batters, Fresno pitcher Clayton Tanner (0-2) hit two and walked another. Bass then took the first pitch up the middle for the game-winning hit. It was the RedHawks' first run since the third inning.
Bass (2-5) threw 1.1 innings of scoreless ball, and by hitting the game-winner, also made himself the winning pitcher. It's his first victory since May 30.
Oklahoma City got on the board in the bottom of the third inning on a pair of RBI singles from Matt Downs and Brad Snyder to give the RedHawks a 2-0 lead.
Fresno's Xavier Nady cut that lead in half on a home run to right to make it 2-1. Nady's third home run of the year landed in the visiting bullpen and was the fifth time in six innings that Fresno's leadoff batter reached base off RedHawks starter Ross Seaton.
In the top of the seventh, Seaton again allowed the leadoff runner to reach base as pinch hitter Brock Bond hit a single to right. After another single and a force out, Mark Hamburger replaced Seaton with runners on first and third. Hamburger forced Francisco Peguero to hit a dribbler right in front of the plate, but Hamburger could not field the ball cleanly, allowing Bond to score from third and tie the game at 2-2.
Seaton's final line was 6.1 innings, two runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out two.
Fresno starter Boof Bonser pitched well after the rough third inning. Bonser gave up one single to the last nine hitters he faced. He went five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out five.
After the Grizzlies did not allow a walk through the first seven innings, Fresno reliever Scott Munter walked back-to-back hitters with one out in the eighth. Munter struck out Snyder and got Mike Hessman to fly out to left to end the threat.
Oklahoma City had a chance to end the game in the bottom of the ninth after J.B. Shuck hit an infield single to second base. Marc Krauss tried to score from second, but was thrown out in a rundown.
Both pitching staffs avoided getting into major trouble until the RedHawks came up in the bottom of the 12th.
The RedHawks hit the road for nine games against Round Rock and Iowa before returning home on Monday, August 27th to take on the Albuquerque Isotopes. For tickets, visit the box office on Mickey Mantle Drive, call (405) 218-1000, or order online through okcredhawks.com.
Live coverage of Saturday night's game in Round Rock begins at 5:35 p.m. on AM 1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, or anywhere on the free IHeartRadio mobile app.