The Oklahoma City RedHawks failed to get an extra-base hit and lost the rubber match of a three-game series with the Iowa Cubs 6-1 on Monday afternoon at Principal Park.
AT THE PLATE
OKC collected eight singles, including two each from Trevor Crowe, Jonathan Villar and Carlos Perez. ... Villar helped account for the RedHawks' only run, in the fourth inning. He reached first on a bunt single, and then stole second and third base. Villar scored on Andy Simunic's single. Iowa already had the game in hand, though, leading 4-1. ... Edwin Maysonet and Josh Vitters homered for Iowa. Vitters had two homers in the series.
ON THE MOUND
RedHawks starter Ross Seaton fell to 0-2. He surrendered four runs on eight hits in five innings. Seaton had a season-high six strikeouts. ... Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza made a rehab start for Iowa. He allowed a run on four hits in 31/3 innings. Garza struck out three and walked none.
The Houston Astros promoted Crowe and Jimmy Paredes from Oklahoma City and sent infielder Brandon Laird back to the RedHawks on Monday afternoon in a series of moves in hopes of sparking the 8-24 team.
The Astros' experiment with veteran outfielder Rick Ankiel could be coming to an end, though, as they designated him for assignment along with outfielder Fernando Martinez. They also activated outfielder J.D. Martinez from the 15-day disabled list.
Crowe was hitting .300 in 29 games for the RedHawks with two home runs, 14 RBIs and a team-high 11 stolen bases. Crowe last appeared in the majors with the Cleveland Indians, where he played a total of 205 games.
Paredes entered Monday with a team-high .376 batting average along with a .444 on-base percentage in 29 games for OKC. He saw time at third base and right field.
Ankiel, though, struggled in Houston, hitting just .194 in 25 games with five homers and 11 RBIs. Fernando Martinez also hit just .182 with a homer and three RBIs.
The Astros have 10 days to either release, trade or place Ankiel and Martinez on waivers.
Oklahoma City (18-12) begins an eight-game homestand at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday against the Tacoma Rainiers. Tacoma (20-11 before Monday's late game vs. Reno) is at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark through Friday. Salt Lake City comes in for four games, Saturday through May 14. Tickets are available at the Brick's box office.