In a wild back-and-forth late-night affair, Oklahoma City beat Memphis 11-10 in 10 innings on Tuesday night, capped by a Fernando Martinez two-run walk-off homer.
IT WAS OVER WHEN …
The ball left Fernando Martinez's bat. Oklahoma City's star outfielder drilled a no-doubt rocket over the right-field wall, erasing a 10-9 deficit and turning it into the RedHawks' first extra-inning win this season. Martinez is now hitting .327 with nine homers and 45 RBIs this year.
In a never-ending game that featured 11 pitchers and six lead changes, the teams combined for 21 runs, 31 hits and 16 walks. Throughout the middle innings, it was crawling along. But the late-game fireworks followed by the postgame fireworks made it all worth it for the RedHawks.
OKC STAR OF THE GAME — The Oklahoma City crowd
Packed into Bricktown for an Independence Day celebration and postgame fireworks, the RedHawks' fans endured a long and sloppy game, eventually culminating in a win for the home team. But 10,294 fans, the largest crowd this season for Oklahoma City, were loud throughout and stayed long after the extended slugfest to see the pyrotechnics.
Mike Hessman, Oklahoma City's veteran first baseman, smoked a two-out, two-run home run in the sixth inning to give the RedHawks an 8-7 lead. He now leads the Pacific Coast League with 26 homers.
STAT OF THE GAME
4:17 — Time of the game. From the combined seven runs in the first inning to Fernando Martinez's eventual game winner, it was a long day at the ballpark. Those who came strictly for the fireworks got an extended opening act.
Oklahoma City finishes up a successful first half of the PCL season with a five-game road series at New Orleans starting Wednesday. With the All-Star game next week, the RedHawks (49-35) near the break in first place, a spot they have been most of the season.