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New Orleans downs RedHawks

BY RYAN ABER Published: June 18, 2011

New Orleans 4, RedHawks 3

For the second consecutive night, the RedHawks allowed a New Orleans hitter five hits as the RedHawks dropped their third consecutive game in front of a crowd of 9,972 at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.

Joe Thurston was 5 for 5 with a double and two RBIs, a night after Vinny Rottino had five hits. Rottino was 2 for 5.

The crowd was the second-largest of the season for the RedHawks. The only larger crowd came May 17, a Tuesday morning game against Salt Lake City that drew an announced crowd of 9,976.

The Zephyrs scored one each in the third and fourth and two in the seventh before holding on in the ninth.

The RedHawks had the winning run on second in the ninth after a pair of errors by New Orleans shortstop Ozzie Martinez, but Jose Ceda got pinch-hitter Drew Locke to fly out to end the game.

“We were flat the whole way until the ninth,” RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “We got some confidence there in the end but we need some better at bats earlier in the game.”

Barnes starts wild double play

With the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, Ozzie Martinez hit a sinking liner to RedHawks center fielder Brandon Barnes.

Barnes dove for the ball and couldn't get to it, but his throw to third beat Ryan Klosterman to third, and Oswaldo Navarro's throw to second beat Bryan Petersen to second.

Neither, though, were initially called out.

But after the umpires conferred, both runners were called out, taking a run off the board for the Zephyrs and ending the inning.

“I've never seen anything like that,” RedHawks shortstop Tommy Manzella said. “I didn't see the call since I was looking to the outfield but I knew we had the guy at second, I just didn't know about third.”

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