RedHawks 7, Tucson 4
Mike Hessman hit a pair of home runs as the RedHawks finished off a four-game sweep in front of 8,940 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Tuesday afternoon.
All of the RedHawks' runs came on home runs, with Hessman driving in five with his two shots.
Scott Moore and Brad Snyder led off innings with solo home runs.
Moore's home run tied the game 4-4 in the fourth, and Snyder's put the RedHawks ahead for good in the sixth.
The RedHawks staked Sergio Perez to a 3-0 lead after Hessman's first home run, but the Padres took the lead with three third-inning runs, two on a bases-loaded single by Henryetta's Sawyer Carroll.
The game is the only one in the RedHawks' current five-game winning streak that was not decided by one run.
Jose Valdez pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.
PAREDES KEEPS UP TEAR
RedHawks second baseman Jimmy Paredes was 2 for 4 Tuesday to keep up his hot series against Tucson pitching.
Paredes finished the series 10 of 17, capping it off with a team-high 12th multi-hit game.
The hot start comes after a 1 for 19 cold stretch over his previous five games.
He raised his average to .307 with Tuesday's performance.
LYLES UP, CARPENTER DOWN
Houston called up starting pitcher Jordan Lyles before the game to make the start for the Astros against Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Lyles' promotion is his second of the season. In his two stints with the RedHawks, Lyles is 5-0 with a 3.49 ERA.
To make room for Lyles, relief pitcher David Carpenter was optioned to the RedHawks.
Carpenter had spent the entire season with the Astros, going 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA.
Lyles replaces Kyle Weiland in the Astros rotation. Weiland was placed on the disabled list in late April with bursitis in his right shoulder.
BROADCASTER WRITES BOOK ON TEAM NAMES
Tucson broadcaster Tim Hagerty recently released a book on minor league team names and their origins.
The book “Root For The Home Team, Minor League Baseball's Most Off-the-Wall Team Names,” covers teams in 49 states (all but Alaska) and Canada.
Hagerty came up with the idea in 2004, when he broadcast games for the Idaho Falls Chukars.
“People were constantly coming up to me and asking me where the name came from,” Hagerty said.
Entries include the Lawton Medicine Men, Ilion (N.Y.) Typewriters and Kalamazoo (Mich.) Celery Pickers. Each entry includes the origin of the name as well as on-the-field fact about each team.
The book is available at bookstores and online at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
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