Rivercats 3, RedHawks 1
Sacramento handed the RedHawks their ninth consecutive loss Sunday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the longest losing streak in six years, when the team was affiliated with the Texas Rangers.
The Rivercats, who own the best record in the Pacific Coast League, scored two runs in the third inning and added an insurance run in the ninth.
Over the past four weeks the RedHawks have gone 5-18 since reaching a season-high 18 games over .500 on July 19.
The RedHawks left 13 runners on base, stranding at least one runner in every inning except the fourth. That was the inning they scored their only run on Matt Downs' solo home run, a mammoth 415-foot shot to straightaway center.
J.D. Martinez, optioned to Oklahoma City last week after spending the first four months of the season with the Houston Astros, went 4-for-5 but was representative of the RedHawks' inability to produce a clutch hit. Martinez was stranded all four times. The only time he didn't reach safely was when he popped out in the ninth.
SEATON PITCHES WELL
Right-hander Ross Seaton turned in his second consecutive solid outing since being promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi. A hard-luck loser, Seaton allowed two runs, only one earned, on six hits.
In his previous outing, Seaton allowed only one run on three hits in a no decision at Salt Lake City. In that game, Seaton retired 11 straight hitters at one point. He had a similar hot stretch Sunday night, retiring nine consecutive hitters. It was Seaton's third OKC start after making 22 starts at Corpus Christi.
WACKY TOP OF THIRD
Sacramento scored two runs in the third inning, which proved to be the difference. The damage could have been worse.
Stephen Parker led off with a single followed by Wes Timmons' roller up the middle. RedHawks second baseman Angel Sanchez made a nice diving stop on Timmons' infield hit but failed to get a force out at second on an off-balance toss while lying on the ground.
On the following play, Sanchez's error on a grounder allowed the first run to score. Daric Barton's RBI single drove in the second run. That's when the wacky inning turned OKC's way.
Jermaine Mitchell, who reached on the error, was tagged out on Barton's hit when Mitchell and Collin Cowgill both ended up at third. Following an intentional walk to Sacramento slugger Kila Ka'aihue, the RedHawks turned a double play to escape the jam.
The finale of a four-game series with Sacramento is Monday at 7:05 p.m. The RedHawks scheduled starter is right-hander Jose Cisnero (2-1, 4.32 ERA). Sacramento will throw right-hander Bruce Billings (7-4, 3.67).