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OKC RedHawks: Albuquerque wakes up in middle innings, shuts out OKC

Newcomer Brett Oberholtzer pitched well early for RedHawks. Isotopes are 5-1 this season against Oklahoma City.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 30, 2012
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque struggled early against newcomer Brett Oberholtzer, before rallying in the middle innings Monday night to beat the Oklahoma City RedHawks 5-0 in Pacific Coast League baseball before 6,972 fans at Isotopes Park. Oberholtzer, who was making his Triple-A debut after starting this season with Double-A Corpus Christi, retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced. The Isotopes scored all they needed in the fifth inning when Josh Bard drove in a run on a grounder.

AT THE PLATE

*Bard finished with two RBIs despite not getting a hit for Albuquerque. Teammate Jeff Baisley added two hits and two RBIs.

*Oklahoma City, which rattled Round Rock for 34 runs and 51 hits during a recent four-game homestand, had eight hits Monday night. But the Hawks failed to score against an Albuquerque squad that is now 5-1 against Oklahoma City this season. Leadoff hitter J.B. Shuck led the Hawks with two hits. He remained in the No. 1 spot despite the return of previous leadoff man Brian Bixler from the Houston Astros. Bixler had one hit in four at bats as the No. 2 hitter on Monday.

ON THE MOUND

*Oberholtzer pitched 51/3 innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits. The left-hander, who was acquired by the Astros in a trade last season with the Atlanta Braves, walked one and struck out three.

*Albuquerque starter John Ely allowed eight hits, but he was solid otherwise. Ely did not issue a walk and struck out eight. Wil Ledezma and Shane Lindsay blanked Oklahoma City on no hits, one walk and two strikeouts the rest of the way.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma City (16-9) and Albuquerque (14-11) continue the four-game series at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday. Right-hander Henry Sosa (2-0, 3.18 ERA) will throw for the RedHawks. Left-hander Mike Antonini (1-0, 4.26) is the scheduled starter for the Isotopes.