Oklahoma City - Oklahoma City RedHawks pitcher Asher Wojciechowski pitched a season-high 7.1 scoreless innings as the RedHawks defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes, 3-0, for a third straight win at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Monday.
The RedHawks (72-66) took a 2-0 lead in their final home series of the regular season against the Isotopes and collected their seventh shutout win of the season in front of a crowd of 4,231.
Oklahoma City entered the game trailing American Northern Division leader Omaha by one game in the standings. Omaha was scheduled to play at Reno late Monday night.
Wojciechowski (4-4) held the Isotopes to six hits, walked one and struck out four in the win. Anthony Bass, Tommy Shirley and Jorge De Leon held Albuquerque (59-77) scoreless over the final 1.2 innings. De Leon retired the three batters he faced in the ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.
With Monday's victory, the RedHawks improved to 16-8 in August, matching their highest monthly win total of the season.
Oklahoma City took an early 1-0 lead.
Preston Tucker drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the second inning. He advanced to second base on a wild pitch, then took third on a groundout by Matt Duffy. Tucker scored on a sacrifice fly by Domingo Santana to put the RedHawks ahead, 1-0.
In the top of the eighth inning, RedHawks pitcher Anthony Bass intentionally walked Trayvon Robinson to load the bases for the Isotopes. Tommy Shirley entered the game to pitch for Oklahoma City and got Mike Baxter to pop out to shortstop Jonathan Villar to escape the jam and preserve the RedHawks' lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Duffy connected on a bunt single to load the bases with none out for Santana, who drew his third walk of the game and put the RedHawks ahead, 2-0. With the bases loaded again, L.J. Hoes struck out before Carlos Perez hit a sacrifice fly to center field to push Oklahoma City's lead to 3-0.
Duffy led the RedHawks with two hits and is 11-for-21 over his last five games. In addition to drawing three walks, Santana drove in two of the RedHawks' three runs.
Isotopes starting pitcher Matt Magill (7-6) held the RedHawks without a hit until the fifth inning. He allowed a total of two hits, one run, struck out two and walked five over 5.2 innings and was charged with the loss.
The RedHawks continue their final home series of the regular season at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
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