REDHAWKS 4, ACES 3
Halfway through a 12-game homestand the RedHawks are a perfect 6-0 after winning in the bottom of the ninth for the second time in three nights.
Brandon Laird's walk-off RBI single with two outs lifted the RedHawks to a 4-3 win over the Reno Aces on Wednesday night in front of 3,458 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
After Reno scored a run in the top of the inning to tie the game, Che-Hsuan Lin was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Lin advanced to second on a ground out. Reno's Evan Marshall struck out George Springer for the second out, but Laird singled to center to win it.
RedHawks left fielder Trevor Crowe and catcher Carlos Perez collected three hits each. Crowe singled and scored in the first and drove in a run in the fourth. Perez singled and scored in the fourth and drove a run in with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Reno got a two-run homer from 35-year-old veteran Juan Rivera to tie the game 2-2 in the sixth.
Pacific Coast League All-Star Jason Stoffel picked up the win to improve to 6-1. Stoffel surrendered a run in the ninth but escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam to keep the game tied.
6th WALK-OFF WIN
The RedHawks improved to 32-22 at home, highlighted by six walk-off wins. Laird has been involved in four of them.
Laird doubled to deep center in an 11-inning win over Omaha five weeks ago. Laird scored the game-winner on a throwing error May 8th in a game OKC overcame a 6-0 deficit. Laird also scored the game winner on Perez's 12th inning hit against Iowa in mid-June.
The other two walk-off wins were when Austin Wates supplied a bases-loaded single in the ninth in a win over Salt Lake City, and Springer scored on a wild pitch after leading off the ninth with a triple in a win Monday over Iowa.
SHORT HOPS ...
OKC starter Wade LeBlanc, claimed by the Astros when the Marlins designated LeBlanc for assignment seven weeks ago, gave up two runs on four hits and recorded eight strikeouts in 62/3 innings. ... The RedHawks have squandered leads in the final inning nine times but have rallied to win three times. ... The RedHawks are a season-high 12 games over .500 ... Jimmy Paredes singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 10.
The third game of the series Thursday night at 7:05 matches RedHawks right-hander Paul Clemens, who the Astros recently reassigned to OKC, against Reno left-hander Tyler Skaggs (6-6, 4.26 ERA), the Arizona Diamondbacks top prospect.
BY MIKE BALDWIN