RedHawks Even Series with 5-4 Win

By J.P. Shadrick / Oklahoma City RedHawks | June 22, 2011 8:33 PM

Albuquerque, N.M. - Tommy Manzella and Koby Clemens hit home runs leading the Oklahoma City RedHawks (31-43) to a 5-4 win over the first place Albuquerque Isotopes (42-31) before 6,526 Wednesday night at Isotopes Park.

RedHawks starter Ryan Rowland-Smith allowed one run and four hits over four innings. The starter left the game during his warm-up for the fifth inning, after a foul bunt attempt in the top of the inning hit his left index finger. Reliever Wesley Wright (2-0) dealt two perfect relief innings for the winning decision. David Carpenter (7) dealt one and one-thirds scoreless frames for the save, increasing his Triple-A scoreless innings total to 17 and one-thirds.

Albuquerque opened the scoring in the third inning when Eugenio Velez singled in Justin Sellers for a 1-0 score.

The RedHawks tied the game in the fifth against Ely. Drew Locke led off with a double and scored on a Wladimir Sutil double for a 1-1 score.

In the sixth inning Brian Bogusevic led off with a triple and scored on a Robinson Cancel single for a 2-1 score. Tommy Manzella next blasted a line drive home run to left field, his sixth of the season, for a 4-1 lead.

Koby Clemens led off the seventh inning with a pinch-hit home run to the deepest part of the park in right-centerfield, opening a 5-1 score.

Albuquerque got back in the game against reliever Jose Valdez. Jerry Sands hit a leadoff home run in the seventh inning, his seventh in Triple-A in 2011, cutting the RedHawks lead to 5-2. In the eighth inning, Valdez gave up a two-out, two-run home run form Joe Becker for a 5-4 score.

RedHawks LH Gustavo Chacin will face Isotopes RH Tim Sexton in game three of the series Thursday at 8:05 p.m. CT. Dodgers RH Jonathan Broxton is expected to make a one-inning rehabilitation appearance in the start before Sexton takes over. Live radio coverage is available on AM 1340 The Game in Oklahoma City, and through the IHeartRadio application on mobile devices.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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