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.
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.