The Redbirds scored six runs against the RedHawks’ bullpen as Memphis notched an 8-1 win Wednesday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 10,178 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Back-to-back, two-run doubles from Oscar Taveras and Stephen Piscotty drove in all the runs a four-run Memphis eighth to turn a 2-1 lead into a 6-1 blowout.
Memphis added two runs in the ninth. Luis Mateo had three hits for the Redbirds, scored two runs and drove in two.
Oklahoma City starter Nick Tropeano pitched well, allowing only two runs in 62/3 innings, but he picked up the loss to fall to 1-3. Both runs he allowed came on Tommy Pham’s two-run homer in the second.
The RedHawks’ only run was scored by Kike Hernandez in the second. Hernandez led off with a walk, advanced on a ground out and scored on Carlos Perez’s RBI single.
REDHAWKS BULLPEN HIT HARD
The RedHawks bullpen in 21/3 innings walked two and was tagged for six hits and six runs. The late-inning barrage ended a hot streak for the RedHawks’ pitching staff.
Over the previous 13 games, OKC pitchers had held opponents to a .165 batting average. In their previous nine games, the RedHawks’ team ERA was 1.94.
KIDS FILL THE BRICK
Wednesday’s matinee was one of two annual field trip day games. The other will close out the eight-game homestand Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. against Colorado Springs.
Kids get to skip school, receive a box lunch, a ticket and a red, white and blue RedHawk hats that featured the team logo inside the state of Oklahoma.
Wednesday’s sellout crowd included 103 groups, dozens of elementary students from cities such as Cement, Cordell, Duncan, Lawton, Stratford and Walters in addition to hundreds of kids from the Oklahoma City metro area.
In the third game of a four-game series against Memphis, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate, the RedHawks will start right-hander David Martinez (3-2, 3.67 ERA) in a 7:05 p.m. game on Thursday. The Redbirds will throw lefty Scott McGregor (0-4, 5.40).
The RedHawks’ string of 16 consecutive scoreless innings ended in the second inning on Pham’s homer...Robbie Grossman’s steal in the series opener snapped a string of 13 games in which the RedHawks did not record a stolen base.