REDHAWKS 4, CUBS 3
George Springer was a couple of feet shy of becoming the first 30-30 player in the minors in four years, but his shot off the center-field wall produced the winning run in the RedHawks' 4-3 win over the Iowa Cubs on Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Springer has 35 stolen bases and 29 homers this season between Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City. He just missed his 30th homer in the ninth off Cubs reliever Henry Rodriguez, but turned it into a triple. Springer scored the game-winner on a Rodriguez wild pitch.
OCU product Ruben Sosa factored in two of the RedHawks' first three runs. In the second, Sosa beat out a two-out infield single to drive in Jimmy Paredes. Both teams scored a run in the fourth. The Cubs' run was a Ty Wright homer off Brad Peacock, the only run Peacock allowed in seven innings.
The Cubs scored two runs in the eighth to take a 3-2 lead, the key hit Donnie Murphy's RBI triple. OKC tied it in the bottom of the inning when Sosa laid down a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt that scored Che-Hsuan, who led off the inning with a double and was sacrificed to third.
ASTROS CALL UP ZEID
Houston called up 26-year-old right-hander Josh Zeid on Monday. A 10th-round pick four years ago out of Tulane, Zeid was 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA, 13 saves and 53 strikeouts in 43 innings with the RedHawks. Zeid takes Jose Veras' roster spot. Veras, the Astros closer, was traded to the Detroit Tigers.
PROSPECT WATCH (DIAMONDBACKS)
The RedHawks open a four-game series Tuesday night against the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate. The Aces are 45-65 but have several high-ranked prospects.
Reno third baseman Matt Davidson, ranked among Baseball America's top 100 prospects, has slammed 16 home runs with 64 RBIs. Shortstop Chris Owings is third in the PCL in hitting (.347) and has 12 homers and 67 RBIs.
Left-hander Tyler Skaggs, the Diamondbacks No. 1 prospect, listed No. 12 overall by Baseball America, was recently sent down to Reno and should pitch in the series. Skaggs was 2-3 with a 5.35 ERA in seven starts with Arizona, 6-6 with a 4.30 ERA in an earlier stint with the Aces.
The RedHawks on Tuesday will start right-hander Jake Buchanan (2-2, 3.19) against Trevor Cahill, who is on a minor league rehab assignment. Cahill was 3-10 with a 4.66 ERA with Arizona before going on the disabled list. In five major league seasons, Cahill is 56-57 with a career 3.96 ERA.
BY MIKE BALDWIN