The Oklahoma City RedHawks continued to pummel the Texas Rangers' top farm team. Oklahoma City, in its second year as the Houston Astros affiliate — after the previous 28 with the Rangers — used another big inning Sunday afternoon to whip the Round Rock Express 9-4 before 3,879 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The first-place RedHawks (16-8) scored six runs in the fifth inning to take control of the Pacific Coast League game. It was the third time in the four-game series at the Brick that Oklahoma City scored six times in an inning. For the four-game series, the RedHawks throttled Round Rock's pitching staff for 34 runs on 51 hits.
AT THE PLATE
*The RedHawks' J.B. Shuck continued to show he was a capable replacement for previous leadoff hitter Brian Bixler, who was called up during the weekend by the Astros. Shuck was 3 for 5 with two RBIs on Sunday. For the last two games of the series, Shuck was 8 for 10.
*Twice on Sunday, Shuck and No. 2 batter Angel Sanchez had back-to-back RBI hits.
*Shuck, Sanchez, Scott Moore and Brad Snyder had two RBIs each. Moore is batting a team-best .407, and Snyder is not too far behind at .341.
*Former RedHawks star Julio Borbon had two hits and an RBI for Round Rock, which is last in the South Division with a 10-14 record. OKC catcher Carlos Corporan threw out Borbon trying to steal second base.
ON THE MOUND
*Oklahoma City starter Dallas Keuchel (4-1) allowed just one earned run on eight hits in 61/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
COMING AN GOING
*The Astros took a chunk out of Oklahoma City's pitching staff by calling up starter Jordan Lyles (4-0, 3.46 ERA). The right-hander arrived in Cincinnati in time to start Sunday for Houston. He had a decent outing and was not credited with the loss to the Reds.
*The RedHawks begin an eight-game road trip, including Monday's 7:35 p.m. game at Albuquerque. OKC will play four games in New Mexico, then play four in Omaha before returning to the Brick on Tuesday, May 8, against Las Vegas.