New Orleans second baseman Josh Rodriguez was 4-for-4 to highlight a 13-hit attack, leading the Zephyrs to an 8-4 win over the RedHawks in front of a crowd of 10,055 Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The RedHawks took a 3-2 lead on Jon Singleton’s solo home run in the fifth, his third homer of the season, but New Orleans scored two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to end Oklahoma City’s five-game winning streak.
OKC designated hitter Japhet Amador drove in three runs. Singleton had two hits and scored two runs.
RedHawks right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, a right-hander who hit 100 mph more often than any minor league pitcher last season, has struggled early in Triple-A.
Pitching out of the bullpen Friday night in the RedHawks’ eight-man rotation piggyback system, Foltynewicz (0-1) was roughed up for six runs on five hits. In his first three Triple-A outings, Foltynewicz has surrendered 11 hits and 10 runs in seven innings and has an 11.57 ERA.
WILD HOME OPENER
The two teams combined for nine wild pitches Friday night. Eight pitchers also combined for eight walks, a hit batter and a balk.
BACK AT THE BRICK
The RedHawks are 1-5 in their last six home openers, but they were 47-26 last season at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the best home record in the Pacific Coast League, the second best home record in franchise history.
The four-game series with New Orleans continues with home games Saturday night (7:05) and Sunday afternoon and concludes Monday night.
Nick Tropeano (1-1, 5.68 ERA) will start Saturday’s game for Oklahoma City. Collin McHugh (0-0, 6.43 ERA) is Tropeano’s “piggyback” partner in the RedHawks‘ rotation.
New Orleans, the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate, will start Owasso product Brian Flynn (0-1, 6.97).
OKC starter Rudy Owens gave up only five hits and two runs in five innings. … The RedHawks have homered in seven consecutive games. ... Singleton leads the team in RBIs (nine). … The 6-2 road trip was the RedHawks first winning road trip to start a season since 2004.