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Hessman Homers Three Times in 6-5 Win06/03/2012 10:58 PM ET
By Alex Freedman / Oklahoma City RedHawks
Oklahoma City, Okla. - Mike Hessman belted three home runs as the Oklahoma City RedHawks (34-23) defeated the Iowa Cubs (25-31) 6-5 before 4,162 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Sunday evening for the RedHawks' 11th straight home win.
Hessman finished 4-for-4 with solo homers coming in the third, fifth, and seventh innings. He became the fifth player in franchise history to go deep three times in a game and the first since Chad Tracy on June 27, 2010 against Omaha. It was Hessman's third multi-homer game of 2012, bringing his season total up to 13.
Hessman's first hit was a single in the first inning as part of a two-out rally capped by a Brad Snyder RBI single to give the RedHawks an early 1-0 lead. Iowa tied the game in the second on back-to-back two-out doubles by Ty Wright and Brian Esposito.
With the RedHawks ahead 2-1 in the third, Hessman led off with a homer-a line drive that was just a few feet fair down the left field line into the first couple rows of seats. Angel Sanchez provided an RBI groundout later in the inning to make it 4-1.
However, Sanchez would commit a critical error in the fourth that allowed a pair of runs to score for the Cubs, cutting the lead to one.
Hessman fixed that with his second homer in the fifth, another shot to the back of the bleachers in left field to make it a 5-3 game.
Iowa scored twice with two outs in the seventh to pull even. Diory Hernandez-who played in 32 games this season with the RedHawks before being released by the Astros-ripped an RBI double to pull Iowa within one. Pinch hitter Juan Apodaca followed with a single to tie the game.
With runners and second and third and two out, Scott Moore made a diving play on a sharp ground ball by Dave Sappelt to end the inning and keep the game tied.
Hessman hit his third and most important home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. He blasted a 3-2 pitch from Jeff Beliveau (1-3) off the LED board in left field to give the RedHawks a 6-5 advantage.
Enerio Del Rosario and Jose Valdez retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth, respectively. Del Rosario (1-1) earned his first win and Valdez notched his 13th save.
The RedHawks will try and stay perfect on the current homestand when they meet the Cubs at 7:05 p.m. Monday night. Tickets are available through the RedHawks box office, by calling (405) 218-1000, or ordering online through ockredhawks.com
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