On the day the Oklahoma City RedHawks lost their top slugger, they still had enough big lumber to whip the Memphis Redbirds 8-1 Monday night before 3,453 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The RedHawks’ parent team, the Houston Astros, called up Jon Singleton, who was one of the Pacific Coast League’s top home run hitters with 14. On Monday night, though, Enrique Hernandez and Gregorio Petit hit first-inning homers, and the first-place RedHawks didn’t miss a beat. Oklahoma City led 4-0 after the first inning and 7-zip after three.
OKC (32-27) added its eighth run in the eighth inning on L.J. Hoes’ single.
Petit finished with three hits and three RBIs. Hernandez, Hoes, Adron Chambers and Erik Castro added two hits each.
RedHawks starting pitcher Nick Tropeano blanked the Redbirds (28-30) on five hits, two walks and five strikeouts in eight innings.
The final game of the series is 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Rudy Owens (2-3, 5.21 ERA) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Oklahoma City. Fellow lefty Tim Cooney (5-4, 3.82) will throw for Memphis.