OKC RedHawks: George Springer hits grand slam, OKC outslugs Colorado Springs

From Staff Reports Published: April 15, 2014
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — George Springer hit a grand slam in the second inning, and the Oklahoma City RedHawks hung on to beat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 11-9 Tuesday night in Pacific Coast League baseball at Security Service Field.

The RedHawks (9-4) scored three runs in the first inning, and then Springer gave Oklahoma City a 7-0 lead with his third homer of the season. But in the thin air of Colorado, the Hawks’ big lead did not hold. The Sky Sox (5-7) never took the lead, but they did close within 9-8 by the end of the seventh inning.

Everyone in the Colorado Springs lineup had a hit, including three from Tim Wheeler and Michael McKenry. The Sox pounded out 16 hits, but they left nine runners on base and were just 3 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

Springer, one of the Houston Astros’ top prospects, finished with three hits and upped his batting average to .353. He also scored four times. KRIV-TV in Houston reported late Tuesday night that the Astros will call up Springer on Wednesday.

Jon Singleton, named PCL Player of the Week on Monday, added two hits. And Max Stassi contributed two hits and two RBIs.

Oklahoma City starter Michael Foltynewicz pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on four hits. He walked two and struck out six.

Colorado Springs started its comeback bid against the RedHawks’ second piggyback starter, Rudy Owens, who gave up five runs on six hits in just 11/3 innings.

The teams continue the four-game series at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday.