Oklahoma City's offensive onslaught continued Wednesday night, outslugging Iowa during a 10-8 win in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. It came a night after Oklahoma City put up 15 runs in another home win over the Cubs.
The game was decided in the middle innings, when Oklahoma City turned an early three-run deficit into a comfortable four-run lead. And during that seven-run outburst, nearly every RedHawk starter contributed, with eight players producing either a hit, run or both. Despite a 10-4 lead heading into the ninth inning, the Hawks had to hold off a Cubs rally.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
OKC starter Brett Oberholtzer settled down. After giving up three runs in the first two innings, Oberholtzer seemed destined to be the triggerman for another RedHawk pitching disaster. In the previous six games, OKC's rotation was giving up an abysmal 10.8 runs per game. Wednesday's eight wasn't that much better, but the slight improvement provided enough insurance for a red-hot offense.
OKC STAR OF THE GAME – CHRIS WALLACE
Drafted in 2010, Chris Wallace climbed Houston's organizational ladder pretty quickly. And last week, with the RedHawks needing some depth, the young catcher was called up to Triple-A for the first time. On Wednesday night, he delivered his best OKC game to date, going 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He's hitting .300 since his promotion.
Reinforcements are on the way. Because of its struggling pitching staff, Oklahoma City has revamped its rotation and bullpen. Starter Paul Clemens (8-8, 6.73 ERA) is on his way back to Double-A, and three righties are on their way up from Corpus Christi. The three pitchers – Jose Cisnero, Jarred Cosart and Jake Buchanan – are in the middle of solid seasons for a good Corpus Christi club.
STAT OF THE GAME
8.81 – Runs per game the RedHawks are averaging over the past 11. They've put on an offensive display as of late, highlighted by 25 runs in the past two nights.
After taking the first two games against Iowa, Oklahoma City will try to clinch a series win against Iowa on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The RedHawks are 33-16 in Bricktown this season. Against Iowa, they have won 14 of the past 15 home games.