Oklahoma City, OK — Craig Gentry’s fifth hit of the game gave Oklahoma City a 5-4 victory in a 13-inning marathon nightcap as well as a doubleheader sweep of the Nashville Sounds early Thursday morning at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
The teams played 20 innings of baseball on the night over their two contests, with Gentry’s game-winning knock bringing a conclusion to play shortly after 1:00am CT.
The Sounds held leads in both contests, including a brief one-run advantage in extra frames in the nightcap, but were unable to record a win on the night as they fell to 2-6 in doubleheader play on the year.
After Oklahoma City hung an 11-6 defeat on the Sounds in the opener, the teams battled to a 4-4 tie through 13 innings in the nightcap before Gentry (5-for-7) blooped Mitch Stetter’s 0-1 offering for a two-out, game-ending single in front of a hard-charging Lorenzo Cain in shallow center field to plate ex-Sound Hernan Iribarren to saddle Nashville with a heartbreaking 5-4 defeat.
Gentry’s effort was the first five-hit game against Nashville since New Orleans’ Mike Vento produced six hits versus Sounds pitching in a PCL record-tying, 24-inning contest on May 5-6, 2006 at Greer Stadium.
In the nightcap, the Sounds left a season-high 18 runners on base and were just 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Nashville second baseman Johnny Raburn (2-for-6) spotted the visitors a 1-0 lead in the second frame with a two-out RBI double to center off Oklahoma City starter Elizardo Ramirez.
After the Sounds left the bases loaded during a scoreless top of the third, the RedHawks struck in the home half of the frame, registering three runs against Chuck Löfgren to take a 3-1 lead. All three runs came via the longball as Gentry belted a one-out solo shot to left, his third of the year, before Chris Davis swatted a two-out, two-run bomb to right, his tenth roundtripper.
Catcher Ben Johnson, who went 3-for-6 in his first game for the Sounds since May following a month on the disabled list, tied the contest at 3-3 in the top of the sixth when he slugged his second home run of the season, a two-out, two-run shot to right off RedHawks reliever Wille Eyre.
Nashville had a chance to pull in front in the top of the seventh but Gentry, the RedHawks’ center fielder, threw out Brendan Katin at the plate as he attempted to score from second on Erick Almonte’s single.
Raburn put the Sounds in front by a 4-3 count in the top of the ninth inning when his two-out RBI single to right off Zachary Phillips plated Katin, who opened the frame with a walk.
In the bottom of the frame, Brandon Kintzler inherited a first-and-third, one-out jam from Mike McClendon and uncorked a two-strike, two-out wild pitch to allow Gentry to scamper home from third with the tying run to make it a 4-4 game.
Neither team scored over the next four frames until Gentry’s two-out game-winner off Stetter (2-2), who took the loss.
Michael Ballard (5-5) picked up the win for Oklahoma City after working one scoreless inning of relief in the nightcap.