OKC RedHawks fall to Omaha

BY RJ Young, Staff Writer, ryoung@opubco.com Published: July 31, 2012
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The Omaha Storm Chasers lit up Oklahoma City RedHawks pitching at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Tuesday night. The Storm Chasers scored five runs in both the fifth and seventh innings in a 12-5 drubbing of the RedHawks.

Oklahoma City reliever Mark Hamburger took the loss after giving up two hits and two runs in 1 1/3 innings. He said he'll consult RedHawks pitching coach Burt Hooton about his poor outing.

“He's been in the game a long time,” Hamburger said. “Just likes to be a part of it and see what he can do to help."

Hooton finished his major league career two years before Hamburger was born. As a pitcher for 15 years in the big leagues, Hooton was formidable.

He was the second overall pick in the 1971 draft by the Chicago Cubs and threw a no-hitter in just his fourth start in the majors. He played in three World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was selected to the 1981 National League All-Star team.

RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco enjoys having Hooton on his coaching staff.

“Every day is another challenge for us in Triple-A,” DeFrancesco said. “Guys come and go, and I think he does a nice job making adjustments to that.”

Hooton doesn't like to mention his playing days to those he coaches. He defines his role in the clubhouse simply: Make each player he coaches the best ballplayer he can be.

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