OKC RedHawks: Hot Hawks continue winning ways, beat Tacoma

Asher Wojciechowski earns first Triple-A win. Limits Rainier to five hits. OKC and Tacoma wrap up series at 7:05 p.m. Friday at the Brick.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm •  Published: May 9, 2013
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The Oklahoma City RedHawks won a fourth consecutive game — and 11th out of the last 13 — by beating the Tacoma Rainiers 3-1 in Pacific Coast League baseball on Thursday night before 3,889 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

ON THE MOUND

Oklahoma City's Asher Wojciechowski notched his first Triple-A victory. He pitched six innings, allowing five hits and three walks. He struck out three. ... Jose Valdez earned a team-best eighth save of the season. ... Wojciechowski threw 77 balls, with 45 going for strikes. ... OKC pitchers allowed just one extra base hit, a Mike Zunino double.

AT THE PLATE

Jonathan Villar and Brett Wallace had two hits apiece for Oklahoma City. Wallace had a double and RBI. ... Oklahoma City never trailed in the game, getting a run in the second inning and two more in the sixth. Only two of the RedHawks' runs were earned; Tacoma, which had the best record in the PCL entering the series, had two errors.

EXTRAS

Outfielder Austin Wates joined Oklahoma City on Thursday after a call-up from Double-A Corpus Christi. Wates was hitting .310 with a homer, five RBIs and 11 stolen bases. The 11 steals rank third in the Texas League. ... The RedHawks (21-12) and Rainiers (21-14) wrap up the four-game series with a 7:05 p.m. game Friday. Left-hander Brett Oberholtzer (1-3, 7.71) is the scheduled OKC starter. Jimmy Gillheeney, also a left-hander (2-0, 2.84), is Tacoma's starter.