PAPILLION, Neb. — The Oklahoma City RedHawks completed a four-game sweep over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Thursday night at Werner Park. The Hawks had homers from Jimmy Paredes, Brad Snyder and Landon Powell in a 9-8 win before 6,888 fans, who saw their defending Pacific Coast League champions lose a fifth consecutive home game.
Omaha (58-41, first in American Conference North Division) made it close in the bottom of the ninth inning behind Johnny Giavotella's two-out, two-run homer. The Storm Chasers had the tying run on base when Clint Robinson popped up to shortstop Brett Wallace to end the game. Oklahoma City (58-40, first in American Conference South Division) entered the four-game series with a 1-7 record this season against Omaha.
Oklahoma City scored 42 runs on 66 hits in the series. The RedHawks batted .392 over the four games compared to a .239 average against the Storm Chasers in eight previous meetings this season.
Everyone in the RedHawks lineup had a hit Thursday night. Paredes and Brandon Barnes each had three hits as Oklahoma City handed Omaha starter Jake Odorizzi (6-1) his first loss of the season. Odorizzi gave up seven runs on 10 hits in five innings. His earned run average increased to still-respectable 3.22 after facing a hot-hitting OKC team.
The RedHawks continue a road trip at 7:05 p.m. Friday against the Memphis Redbirds. Left-hander Brett Oberholtzer (3-2, 6.53) is the RedHawks' scheduled starter. Lefty Nick Additon (3-7, 4.88) is the starter for Memphis, which is last in the North Division.
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