OKC RedHawks: Chris Wallace supplies big hit, Hawks back in first place
Oklahoma City rallies for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Iowa Cubs 6-5 at The Brick. The series wraps up at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
With one big hit leading to a costly error, Oklahoma City regained a piece of first place on Thursday night, shocking Iowa 6-5 in extra innings at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The RedHawks, winners of three straight, are now 61-44 this season and tied with Albuquerque for first in the Pacific Coast League's Southern Division for the American Conference.
Bases loaded, two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. Iowa was clinging to a 5-3 lead and pinch-hitter Chris Wallace was Oklahoma City's final hope. Wallace ripped a single to left, setting up a potential play at the plate to decide the game. But Iowa's left fielder misplayed the hard shot, ricocheting off his glove 20 feet behind him. The error allowed J.B. Shuck to race around from first and score the winning run.
It's been a wild series, filled with terrible pitching, plenty of hitting and some late-inning drama. Combined, the teams have scored 53 runs on 72 hits in only three games. But in the end, no matter how much its pitching staff is struggling, Oklahoma City's powerful offense has found a way to win all three.
OKC STAR OF THE GAME — CHRIS WALLACE
The backup catcher earns this honor for the second night in a row. Wednesday night, he was a factor throughout, compiling three hits and two RBIs. But Thursday night, Wallace didn't enter the game until it was already 31/2 hours old. But with two outs in the 10th, he delivered the deciding blow, ripping a single to left that turned into three runs.
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