REDHAWKS 6, ISOTOPES 5
The RedHawks rallied for two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to post their 17th consecutive home win Tuesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
By sweeping the five-game series against Albuquerque, the RedHawks essentially knocked the Isotopes out of the playoff chase. OKC leads Albuquerque by eight games with 13 games remaining.
“This was a huge homestand for us,” said George Springer, who drove in the game-winning run. “We needed to take at least three (games). We got out of here with five.”
SPRINGER HITS 36TH HOMER
Springer slammed his 36th home run, a solo shot, in the first inning. Springer, who started the season in Double-A, is attempting to become the first minor league player in 57 years to record a 40-40 season. For the season, including 73 games at Double-A Corpus Christi, Springer is hitting .302 with 102 RBIs, 100 runs scored and 39 stolen bases.
FINAL ROAD TRIP
Round Rock is in second in the Pacific Coast League American Southern division, six games behind OKC. If the RedHawks win at least two games on their final road trip, a five-game set at Round Rock, they'll return to OKC with a commanding lead with eight games left in the regular season. The RedHawks can clinch the division title a week early with four wins in the series.
The series at Round Rock begins at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.
RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco played Tuesday's game under protest for what he claimed was an uncalled interference play in the top of the fifth. Because the RedHawks rallied to win, the protest is moot. ... Isotopes second baseman Justin Sellers was ejected in the top of the seventh after arguing a called third strike. ... The walk-off win was the RedHawks' seventh this season, the third during the 17-game home winning streak.