REDHAWKS 8, CUBS 5
Iowa catcher Steve Clevenger tried to get Jonathan Villar tagged out at third in the bottom of the sixth inning by throwing the ball to third baseman Junior Lake. Lake was neither standing over the bag nor paying attention when the throw occurred, so Villar was able to steal third and home on the same play.
Villar had two of the RedHawks' five stolen bases in an 8-6 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The RedHawks lead the Pacific Coast League with 85 steals this season.
Iowa's Brett Jackson hit a home run off RedHawks starter Asher Wojciechowski in the top of the first inning to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. Jackson hit the ball out of the park on a 3-1 pitch.
Wojciechowski recovered, and retired the side in order the next two innings, recording three of the six outs by strikeout. He also retired eight consecutive batters after Jackson's home run.
Wojciechowski pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, two runs — both earned — and three walks with seven strikeouts.
The RedHawks' five stolen bases almost tied their season high for steals in a game. Che-Hsuan Lin and Villar both had two steals, while Andrew Simunic had one.
On April 29, the RedHawks ran rampant and stole six bases against the Nashville Sounds, winning the game 9-8 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
WILD, WILD WEST
Although there were only three errors combined between the team, those mistakes accounted for four runs.
Besides Lake's miscue, Dave Sappelt and Ian Stewart scored for the Cubs after a fielding error by Jose Martinez. That cut the RedHawks' lead to 5-4 in the seventh inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Brandon Laird reached second base, and Brett Wallace scored to put the RedHawks up, 6-4, after Brent Lillibridge turned a routine throw to first into a wild throw into the Cubs's dugout.
The RedHawks ended their two-game losing streak with the win Tuesday afternoon. They will play two more games against the Cubs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark before opening a series against the American Southern Division-leading Round Rock Express.
Wednesday's game will be played at 7:05 p.m. Brett Oberholtzer (4-4, 4.92 ERA) is scheduled to start for the RedHawks, while the Cubs will send Chris Rusin (4-6, 3.67) to the mound.