COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Oklahoma City RedHawks slugger George Springer was called up by the Houston Astros on Wednesday — and now Jon Singleton is making a case for the big league team to give him a chance, too.
Singleton collected three extra-base hits, including the game-deciding homer in the seventh inning, and the RedHawks came back to beat Colorado Springs 8-6 in Pacific Coast League baseball before 2,589 fans at Security Service Field.
OKC’s high-scoring lineup didn’t miss a step despite the call-up of Springer, who batted .353 with three homers and nine RBIs in 13 games.
Singleton led the charge. The RedHawks first baseman, who is also considered one of the Astros’ top prospects, fell a single short of hitting for the cycle Wednesday afternoon. He scored twice, drove in two and improved his batting average to .358.
Colorado Springs (5-8) answered a RedHawks run in the top of third with six runs in the bottom of the inning. Oklahoma City (10-4) chipped away at the Sky Sox lead; the RedHawks scored four times in the sixth inning to tie it 6-6, and then Singleton ripped his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the seventh.
Jonathan Meyer and Ronny Torreyes added two hits for Oklahoma City. Max Stassi extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a seventh-inning double.
After the Sky Sox belted Oklahoma City starter Jake Buchanan early, the RedHawks bullpen blanked Colorado Springs on one hit, no walks and nine strikeouts the final 61/3 innings. Josh Zeid picked up his second save of the season.
The series continues with Game 3 at 7:35 p.m. Thursday.