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.
CHAPMAN WORKS AROUND TROUBLE
RedHawks reliever Kevin Chapman has been reliable closing out games this season, and Tuesday was no different. He worked around one error and a bases-loaded jam to earn his fifth save of the season.
“He’s been good,” DeFrancesco said. “Stuff happens. You’ve got to keep pitching.”
The Zephyrs scored a run on a single by Mark Canha before Chapman eventually forced pinch-hitter Juan Diaz to ground out to end the game.
GROSSMAN SUMMONED BY HOUSTON
A day after extending his career-high hitting streak to 18 games, RedHawks outfielder Robbie Grossman found himself back with the Astros for the third time this season.
He replaced Alex Presley, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.
Grossman entered Tuesday hitting just .158 in two stints with the Astros this season.
Former Oklahoma standout Danny Black remained hitless in the series, but did drive in a run with a groundout in the top of the sixth. … New Orleans’ Josh Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the first inning, his 10th of the season. … Oklahoma City’s Domingo Santana went 0 for 3 with a walk, run and strikeout. He has yet to get a hit in two games since returning from a brief stint with the Astros.
The RedHawks (48-45) look to take control of the four-game series with the Zephyrs at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Due to Oberholtzer being held back, Oklahoma City has not announced a starting pitcher for the game.
New Orleans (45-47) is scheduled to start former Owasso star Brian Flynn (7-6, 3.62 ERA).