RedHawks 10, Cubs 6
Eight consecutive batters reached safely in a six-run second-inning to help the RedHawks coast to a 10-6 win over the Iowa Cubs Friday night in front of 9,946 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The RedHawks led 8-0 after three innings. Robbie Grossman and Jose Martinez both had three hits to lead a 15-hit attack. Brandon Laird drove in three runs in the RedHawks' first home game in two weeks.
Iowa first baseman Edgar Gonzalez drove in four runs, including a three-run double in the seventh.
Wade LeBlanc allowed three runs in five innings to pick up the win.
Justin Grimm, acquired by the Chicago Cubs in a trade for Matt Garza earlier in the week, was roughed up for seven runs on eight hits and two walks in his Iowa Cubs debut. Grimm was 7-7 with a 6.37 ERA in 17 starts with the Rangers.
Two I-Cubs ejected
Iowa manager Marty Pevey and Cubs hitting coach Brian Harper were ejected in the second inning following a bizarre play.
With one out, the RedHawks had runners on first and third. OKC shortstop Ruben Sosa, who played at Oklahoma City University, appeared to have struck out on a wild pitch that allowed Che-Hsuan Lin to score. Sosa was safe at first. With first base occupied, and less than two outs, Sosa was ruled out.
As Sosa walked back toward the dugout, home plate umpire Chris Segal ruled the pitch was actually a ball and allowed Sosa to continue hitting. Pevey argued and was ejected. On the next pitch Sosa doubled. Harper argued and was ejected.
The RedHawks will honor local servicemen and women and their families at Saturday's game. Events include a pregame flag release, a swearing-in ceremony of new Air Force recruits, a Marine challenge and singing of “God Bless America.” ... Friday's game was the opener of a 12-game homestand. Iowa is in OKC through Monday followed by four-game series with Reno and Colorado Springs.
RedHawks left-hander Brett Oberholtzer (6-6, 4.37) faces Iowa right-hander Barret Loux (4-4, 4.19) Saturday night at 7:05 in the second game of a four-game series.