First baseman Jon Singleton slammed his 11th homer of the season and drove in three runs to lead the RedHawks to an 8-3 win over the Memphis Redbirds Thursday night in front of 4,449 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Every RedHawks batter except Robbie Grossman had a hit. Domingo Santana drove in two runs.
Singleton’s two-run homer in the fourth extended the lead to 7-2. David Martinez pitched five innings to pick up the win to improve to 4-2. Three relievers combined to pitch four shutout innings.
SINGLETON ON POWER SURGE
Singleton, the Pacific Coast League’s April Player of the Month, leads the league in homers (11) and RBIs (31). He is second in the minors in homers behind Texas Rangers’ prospect Joey Gallo, who has 12 homers for the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
HERNANDEZ STREAK CONTINUES
RedHawks infielder Kike Hernandez had a hit in Thursday’s win to extend his hitting streak to six games. Hernandez has hit .450 during the streak with three RBIs. Since he was promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi, Hernandez has hit safely in 20 of his first 23 games.
SEASON HIGH TWIN KILLINGS
The RedHawks turned a season high four double plays to limit the Redbirds to only six runners left on base, including three twin-killings that snuffed out Memphis rallies.
The RedHawks close out a four-game series with Memphis at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Oklahoma City will start Bobby Doran (0-2, 6.83 ERA). The Redbirds counter with right-hander Boone Whitnig (0-4, 5.06).
An eight-game homestand continues with games against Colorado Springs Saturday night, Sunday afternoon, Monday night and a Tuesday matinee against the Colorado Rockies Triple-A affiliate.