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Harrell Pitches Gem in 2-1 Win over Iowa
08/27/2011 11:34 PM ET
Oklahoma City, Okla. - Lucas Harrell allowed one unearned run over eight innings, while a Drew Locke eighth inning home run led the Oklahoma City RedHawks (63-72) to a 2-1 win over the Iowa Cubs (62-73) before 9,964 Saturday night at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.

RedHawks infielder Anderson Hernandez extended a hitting streak to 25 games, the longest in the Pacific Coast League in 2011, with a bad-hop single over the first baseman's head in the third inning. Hernandez finished 1-for-4, and is now batting .400 (44-for-110) in a streak dating to August 2.

Harrell (5-2) gave up three hits and one unearned run in eight innings, while dealing 123 pitches and 67 strikes in a winning decision. The first Cubs hit came in the fifth inning on a Matt Spencer single. Harrell's eight inning performance was the longest RedHawks start of 2011. Cubs reliever Carlton Smith (0-2) took the losing decision after giving up the game-winning home run in the eighth inning. Jeff Fulchino (2) saved the game with a scoreless ninth inning.

The RedHawks opened the scoring in the third inning with an unearned run against Cubs starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Hernandez reached on the bad-hop single with two out and scored when left fielder Bryan LaHair dropped a fly ball from Brett Wallace, giving Oklahoma City a 1-0 lead.

Iowa tied the score in the sixth inning with an unearned run. Marwin Gonzalez doubled with one out and scored on a D.J. LeMahieu fielder's choice when the shortstop's throw went into right field for an error, tying the score at 1-1.

The RedHawks took the lead for good in the eighth inning when Drew Locke belted a leadoff home run into the left-centerfield bullpen off Smith for a 2-1 score.

RedHawks LH Andy Van Hekken (7-6, 3.51) carries the second-best ERA in the PCL into Sunday's 4:05 p.m. start against Iowa Cubs RH Alberto Cabrera (3-4, 6.61). Tickets are available through the RedHawks box office at 405-218-1000 or by visiting okcredhawks.com. Live radio coverage is available on AM 1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com and through the IHeartRadio application.


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