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OKC RedHawks: Another walk-off homer spoils RedHawks comeback against Omaha

Cody Clark hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give defending PCL champs a 10-9 victory.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 6, 2012
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OMAHA, Neb. — The Oklahoma City RedHawks continue to score a lot of runs — and the bullpen continues to struggle when it counts the most. Cody Clark hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, giving Omaha a 10-7 Pacific Coast League baseball victory before 3,959 fans at Werner Park. The finish was similar to Saturday night, when Johnny Giavotella hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Storm Chasers a 10-9 win. The homers spoiled back-to-back comebacks by the RedHawks, who fell to 1-6 on the current road trip.

AT THE PLATE

*The RedHawks' Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth inning Sunday, tying the game 7-7. ... Brett Wallace had one of his finest games of the season for OKC. The former Houston Astros starting first baseman was 3 for 5 with two RBIs. ...Scott Moore added his fourth homer of the year, a first-inning shot that gave Oklahoma City a brief 1-0 lead.

ON THE MOUND

*Clark's fourth homer of the season came off OKC reliever Juan Abreu, who fell to 0-2 after pitching just 12/3 innings. Henry Sosa was the RedHawks' starter, and Omaha's potent lineup scored seven runs on seven hits through five innings. Sosa was credited with giving up five earned runs, thanks to the OKC defensive committing three errors.

*Roman Colon of Omaha blew his second save of the season when Ruggiano's homer tied the game in the top of the ninth inning. But, Colon also earned his second victory of the year since Clark mashed the game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma City (17-14) tries to snap nine-game losing streak — dating back to last season — against the defending PCL champion Storm Chasers (21-10). The 11:05 a.m. game Monday features right-hander Paul Clemens (2-2, 4.50 ERA) of Oklahoma City going against Omaha lefty Everett Teaford (0-0, 0.00).