Oklahoma City right-hander Jake Buchanan was going to start on short rest Wednesday.
Instead, he started even a day earlier when he was forced to take the mound in place of Brett Oberholtzer at the last minute on Tuesday. But Buchanan held strong in the RedHawks’ 6-5 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
“That’s part of pitching in Triple-A,” RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “Sometimes you make adjustments and do the best you can. (Buchanan) sucked it up today and the bullpen did a good job.”
Oberholtzer was held back due to an organizational decision.
Buchanan (7-5) allowed four runs over six innings, allowing nine hits, walking two and striking out one.
He also benefited from early run support as the RedHawks scored four runs in the second and two in the third to take a 6-1 lead.
Max Stassi opened the scoring with a bases-loaded single ahead of shortstop Jio Mier’s two-run double and a sacrifice fly by Ronny Torreyes.
Matt Duffy and Joe Sclafani each drove in runs in the third.
MIER COMES UP BIG WITH FIRST HIT
Mier, a first-round pick in 2009, delivered in a key situation for his first Triple-A hit.
His bases-loaded double in the second scored two runs and showed a glimpse of what the Astros expect from the prospect.
He has started two straight days partly due to the RedHawks playing with a thin bench due to injuries to Gregorio Petit and Jonathan Villar.
Mier finished 1 for 3 and is now 1 for 6 with Oklahoma City.