Using consistent hitting and bend-but-don't-break pitching, Oklahoma City beat Memphis 7-1 in Bricktown on Monday night. The RedHawks (48-36) remain in first place in the Pacific Coast League's American Conference Southern Division.
Batting around in the fourth inning, Oklahoma City scored four of their seven runs, turning a 1-0 lead into a 5-0 cushion and essentially putting this one way. Memphis starter Shelby Miller, the St. Louis Cardinals' top prospect, was sharp early but ran into command issues in the fateful inning, walking three and giving up three hits.
It was over when …
Memphis cleanup hitter Steven Hill grounded out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. It was the Redbirds' best chance to get back in it. RedHawk starter Brett Oberholtzer had been knocked out of the game, the bags were full and Memphis' best hitter was at the plate. But for the second night in a row, OKC's bullpen came in and stabilized things, retiring Hill and eventually sealing the game.
OKC star of the game — Brett Oberholtzer
Since his mid-June call-up from Double-A Corpus Christi, Oberholtzer has been ineffective, entering the game with an 8.36 ERA. But on Monday night, he had his longest outing as a member of the RedHawks, going 6 1/3 innings and holding Memphis to one run on six hits. That's two straight well-pitched games from the RedHawks, which is what they lacked lately.
Stat of the game
10 — Runners that Memphis left on base, compared to Oklahoma City's five. Overall, the Redbirds outhit the RedHawks 8-7 but failed to capitalize. The worst offender? Memphis shortstop Ryan Jackson went 0 for 5, leaving six runners on base.
Fireworks Night at the ballpark. With this the closest home game before July 4, Oklahoma City plays Memphis at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday to close the four-game series. The fireworks show will follow. The RedHawks are expecting a sellout.