Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma City RedHawks rallied from an early deficit then held on to record a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Sounds on Friday evening at RedHawks Field in the finale of a four-game series.
Oklahoma City gained a split of the four-game set against the Sounds (52-55) and earned a 9-7 win in the season series against Nashville.
Sounds batters had plenty of opportunities in the contest but finished just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position on the night, leaving 12 runners on base.Nashville took an early 2-0 lead with single runs in the first two innings of action against Oklahoma City starter Andy Van Hekken.
Logan Schafer led off the contest by extending his hit streak to eight games with a single then scored the night’s first run when Caleb Gindl followed with an RBI double to left.
The Sounds doubled the advantage in the second when catcher Martin Maldonado doubled with one out and came around to score on a two-out Schafer triple to left.
Schafer continued his hot start to his Triple-A career. He is hitting .387 (12-for-31) with hits in each of his eight PCL contests since joining the Sounds.
Oklahoma City tied the game at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the fourth against Sounds starter Chase Wright.
With one out, Drew Locke singled to left and advanced to center on a line drive single up the middle that narrowly eluded the glove of second baseman Andy Gonzalez. After J.B. Shuck drew a walk to load the bases, Tommy Manzella lifted a sacrifice fly to left to allow Locke to race home with the RedHawks’ first run of the evening.
Van Hekken then helped his own cause with a bloop RBI single to shallow center that dropped just in front of the glove of a diving Schafer to plate Navarro with the tying run.
Sounds reliever Mike McClendon deftly thwarted a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth, inducing an inning-ending double play grounder off the bat of Navarro to escape the inning with the 2-2 tie.
Van Hekken worked out of a bases-loaded situation of his own in the top of the sixth, getting Maldonado to fly out to center to leave the bags full of Nashville baserunners.
Oklahoma City grabbed its first lead of the night at 4-2 with a pair of runs off McClendon in the bottom of the sixth.
After the first two batters of the frame were retired, pinch-hitter Collin DeLome smacked a towering solo homer into the upper deck in right field on a 1-0 McClendon offering. The blast was his fifth of the year. Luis Durango followed with an infield single, stole second, and scored the inning’s second run on Anderson Hernandez’s RBI single up the middle.
In the seventh, the Sounds failed to cash in on a bases-loaded opportunity for the second straight inning. After Schafer, Gindl, and Green each drew a walk from RedHawks reliever Douglas Arguello to fill the bags with two outs, the right-hander recovered to strike out Mat Gamel on a down-and-away off-speed offering to escape the jam unscathed.
The Sounds loaded the bases for a third straight inning in the eighth, this time against Oklahoma City reliever Ross Wolf, and finally broke through for a score, pulling within a run at 4-3.
Andy Gonzalez singled with one out, Nashville’s first hit since Schafer’s RBI triple in the second, and Maldonado drew a walk before pinch-hitter Erick Almonte filled the bags with a ball up the middle that was ruled as an error on Manzella at shortstop, the second error of the night questionably issued to the infielder that took hits away from Sounds batters.
Wesley Wright took over on the hill for the RedHawks and was greeted by Schafer, who hit a RBI grounder to first that erased Almonte at second but allowed Gonzalez to score to bring the visitors within a run. Gindl followed with a sinking liner to center that was scooped off the top of the grass by a sliding Durango for the third out of the frame.
Oklahoma City plated an insurance run against Jim Henderson in the bottom of the eighth when J.B. Shuck drew a leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second, and scored on Luis Durango’s single off the glove of a diving Edwin Maysonet to up the RedHawks’ lead to 5-3.
The Sounds put a runner on base in the ninth when Maysonet led off with a single against Wright, but the next two batters hit grounders that resulted in forceouts at second before the left-handed hurler caught Boggs looking at a called third strike on a 3-2 pitch to end the ballgame.
Van Hekken (6-4) earned the victory by authoring a quality start for the RedHawks. He held the Sounds to two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in six innings of work.
Wright earned his second save after recording the final five outs.
McClendon (3-2) took the loss after giving up two runs in his 1 2/3 innings of action. The right-hander had allowed just one run in his previous 16.0 frames of work over 11 games.
The Sounds return home to Greer Stadium on Saturday to open a four-game series against the Round Rock Express (AAA-Rangers). Right-hander Josh Butler (6-5, 4.70) will take the hill for the Sounds in Saturday’s 6:35 p.m. contest to face Round Rock right-hander Ryan Tucker (2-2, 4.75).
Gates open at 5:05pm. The first 2,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive a bobblehead doll of third-year Sounds manager Don Money, courtesy of McDonald’s. Following the on-field action, fans will enjoy another spectacular fireworks show, presented by Nashville’s News 2.
Oklahoma City RedHawks (48-59) 5, Nashville Sounds (52-55) 3
July 29th, 2011
|Green, T, 3B||2||0||0||0||3||1||1||.331|
|Gonzalez, A, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.217|
|Wright, C, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.133|
|a-Rivera, Mi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|a-Popped out for McClendon in the 7th. b-Reached on error for Meadows in the 8th.|
2B: Gindl (14, Van Hekken), Maldonado (4, Van Hekken).
3B: Schafer (1, Van Hekken).
TB: Schafer 4; Gindl 2; Maysonet; Gonzalez, A; Maldonado 2.
RBI: Gindl (40), Schafer 2 (6).
2-out RBI: Schafer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Boggs 2; Gindl 2; Maldonado 2; Gamel 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-13.
Team LOB: 12.FIELDING
DP: (Green, T-Gonzalez, A-Gamel).
Pickoffs: Wright, C (Durango at 1st base).
|Hernandez, A, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.279|
|Wright, W, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Navarro, O, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||1||3||.261|
|Van Hekken, P||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.286|
|a-Homered for Van Hekken in the 6th.|
HR: DeLome (5, 6th inning off McClendon, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Durango 4; Hernandez, A 2; Towles; Bogusevic; Locke; Navarro, O; Van Hekken; DeLome 4.
RBI: Manzella (47), Van Hekken (1), DeLome (24), Hernandez, A (37), Durango (19).
2-out RBI: Van Hekken; DeLome; Hernandez, A; Durango.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Towles; Durango.
GIDP: Navarro, O.
Team RISP: 3-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING
SB: Bogusevic (18, 2nd base off McClendon/Maldonado), Durango (23, 2nd base off McClendon/Maldonado), Hernandez, A (16, 3rd base off McClendon/Maldonado).
CS: Durango 2 (12, 2nd base by Henderson/Maldonado, 2nd base by Wright, C/Maldonado).
PO: Durango (1st base by Wright, C).
E: Manzella 2 (15, fielding, fielding).
|McClendon (L, 3-2)||1.2||3||2||2||1||0||1||2.58|
|Van Hekken (W, 6-4)||6.0||4||2||2||3||6||0||2.98|
|Arguello (H, 6)||1.0||0||0||0||3||2||0||3.22|
|Wolf (H, 8)||0.1||1||1||0||1||0||0||4.99|
|Wright, W (S, 2)||1.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.44|
IBB: Locke (by McClendon).
Pitches-strikes: Wright, C 93-57, McClendon 26-13, Meadows 12-8, Henderson 17-10, Van Hekken 106-62, Arguello 26-11, Wolf 21-10, Wright, W 23-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wright, C 5-2, McClendon 2-2, Meadows 1-0, Henderson 1-0, Van Hekken 5-5, Arguello 0-0, Wolf 2-0, Wright, W 3-1.
Batters faced: Wright, C 22, McClendon 8, Meadows 3, Henderson 4, Van Hekken 26, Arguello 6, Wolf 4, Wright, W 6.
Inherited runners-scored: McClendon 2-0, Wright, W 3-1.
Umpires: HP: Jason Arends. 1B: Mark Ripperger. 2B: . 3B: Michael Lusky.
Weather: 98 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, R to L.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media