REDHAWKS 3, BEES 2
The RedHawks ended a nine-game losing streak to Salt Lake City by scoring a run with two outs in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win in front of 10,280 fans Tuesday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Austin Wates' game-winning hit officially was a single since the RedHawks needed only one run to break a 2-2 tie. Brett Wallace singled to open the ninth. Carlos Perez singled with two outs. Che-Hsuan Lin was hit by a pitch, then Wates slammed a pitch into the right-center gap to win it.
RedHawks closer Jose Valdez, who came on in the eighth, picked up the win to improve to 3-0 to complement 11 saves.
WOJCIECHOWSKI PITCHES WELL
Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski, one of the Houston Astros' top pitching prospects, allowed three hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings.
“So far he's been outstanding,” said RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco. “He's a big horse. We're trying to get him to pitch into the sixth or seventh inning. But he's done a good job.”
Obtained in a trade with Toronto last July, Wojciechowski is 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA in three starts with Oklahoma City.
A first-round pick in 2010 out of The Citadel, the 41st overall selection, Wojciechowski was 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA with Double-A Corpus Christi before he was promoted to OKC.
ELMORE JOINS ASTROS
Infielder Jake Elmore, hitting .300 with 20 runs scored for the RedHawks, was called up to Houston to take second baseman Jose Altuve's spot on the roster. Altuve is on bereavement leave, which can last three to seven days.
Due to other recent call-ups, the RedHawks had only one bench player for Tuesday's game — Cody Clark, one of three catchers on the roster. Perez, a catcher, served as the designated hitter.
For the first time in 38 games this season, a player or manager was ejected during a RedHawks game. Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson was tossed by crew chief Kellen Levy in the ninth after Johnson argued a reversed hit-by-pitch call.
Home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater originally ruled the ball hit the knob of Lin's bat. After conferring, umpires reversed the call.
HIT THE ROAD
After playing three eight-game homestands early in the season, the RedHawks will play 20 of their next 24 games on the road. Oklahoma City begins a 12-game road trip Thursday in Sacramento, followed by four-game trips to Fresno and Iowa.
After returning home in two weeks to host Omaha (May 28-31), the RedHawks leave for an eight-game road trip to Albuquerque and Omaha.