In its second game since the All-Star break, Oklahoma City suffered a rare home loss Friday night, falling 10-8 to New Orleans in a wild back-and-forth affair. The RedHawks (53-38) are now tied in first place with Albuquerque.
Mickey Storey entered from the RedHawks bullpen in the eighth inning, given the task of keeping a 6-6 game tied. He couldn't find the strike zone, walking two of the first three guys. But right when it looked like he settled down, striking out New Orleans three-hitter Chris Coghlan, Storey threw the game's deciding pitch, a hanging slider that Mike Cervanek roped into the bleachers, giving the Zephyrs a late 9-6 lead.
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New Orleans fireballer Chris Hatcher, complete with a Fu Manchu and sideburns, confidently strolled in from the bullpen, pumping 96 miles per hour with ease. He struck out Brett Wallace to start the inning and got Angel Sanchez on a line out to end it, capturing his fifth save and clinching the New Orleans win. He has a microscopic 0.95 ERA this season.