Early Deficit Derails RedHawks in 8-5 Loss
Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma City RedHawks chipped away at the Salt Lake Bees' early seven-run lead, but were unable to overcome the deficit in an eventual 8-5 loss in front of a crowd of 6,047 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The RedHawks (36-32) cut the Bees lead to three runs in the sixth inning, but had to settle for a series split with Salt Lake.
The Bees (26-42) scored four runs in the first inning, and added three more runs in the top of the second inning to take an early 7-0 advantage.
The RedHawks outhit the Bees, 14-13, but set a new season high for a nine-inning game by striking out 12 times. Bees starting pitcher Joel Pineiro (1-1) led the way with seven strikeouts. He allowed five runs (three earned) and 11 hits over 5.0 innings. The Bees pitching staff did not issue a walk.
Salt Lake took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, connecting on five hits, including three doubles.
Shawn O'Malley led off the game with a double, then scored on a RBI double by J.B. Shuck. A RBI double by Efren Navarro brought home Shuck. Zach Borenstein and Tommy Field then added RBI singles for a 4-0 Salt Lake edge.
A sac fly by Shuck and back-to-back RBI singles by Navarro and Brennan Boesch put the Bees in front, 7-0, in the top of the second. Nine of the first 14 batters for Salt Lake collected hits.
RedHawk Matt Duffy crushed a fly ball over the LED board in left field for a two-run homer that cut the Salt Lake lead to, 7-2, in the bottom of the inning. The home run was his sixth in the last five games with the RedHawks.
In his Triple-A debut, outfielder Preston Tucker led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single. He later scored on a single by Austin Wates to cut the Bees lead to 7-3. He finished the game 1-for-4.
A wild pitch by RedHawks starter David Martinez allowed Tommy Field to score for an 8-3 Salt Lake lead in the fifth.
RedHawks catcher Max Stassi reached on a throwing error by Salt Lake's shortstop and advanced to third on a single by L.J. Hoes. He scored on a RBI single by Gregorio Petit with none out in the bottom of the sixth inning. A sac fly by Kiké Hernandez in the sixth then cut the Bees lead to 8-5.
Petit and Hoes led the RedHawks with three hits each. Petit also added a RBI. Duffy, Hernandez and Marc Krauss each finished with two hits for Oklahoma City.
RedHawks pitcher Martinez (5-4) allowed a season-high eight runs on 10 hits over 4.1 innings. He walked a season-high five batters and struck out five in the loss.
The RedHawks open a four-game series against the Las Vegas 51s with a 7:05 p.m. game Friday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Gates open at 6:05 p.m., and the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a special edition Oklahoma City RedHawks barbeque set. Fireworks, presented by Oklahoma Blood Institute, will follow the game.
Tickets are available through the box office on S. Mickey Mantle Drive, by calling (405) 218-1000, or ordering through okcredhawks.com. Live coverage begins at 6:35 p.m. on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com, or through the free IHeartRadio mobile app.