OKC RedHawks: Bullpen comes through Sunday night as Hawks win

A day after Oklahoma City pitchers were busted for 20 runs, they limit Memphis to just two.
By Anthony Slater Published: July 1, 2012

The RedHawks evened their series with Memphis on Sunday night, beating the Redbirds 6-2 in front of 4,098 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Turning point

Brandon Barnes led off the first inning with a walk, Jimmy Paredes followed with a single and Fernando Martinez drove them both in with a triple. Three batters later, Marwin Gonzalez capped the RedHawks' four-run first with a home run. And on this night, that was plenty, with OKC's pitching staff backing up that early spurt off former Oklahoma State lefty and current Memphis starter Tyler Lyons.

It was over when …

RedHawks reliever Hector Ambriz induced Zack Cox into a game-ending groundout. With the way OKC's bullpen has been going lately, and Saturday night's 20-run debacle fresh on everyone's mind, not even a four-run ninth-inning lead felt safe. And after the first two Redbirds reached, there was some audible unrest. But Ambriz got a double play, followed by the final groundout to close out a needed win.

OKC star of the game — Armando Galarraga

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