If the Houston Astros need a pitcher, they have a heck of a prospect in Oklahoma City. Jordan Lyles continued to throw well Thursday night, blanking Las Vegas 1-0 in a Pacific Coast League baseball game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. A crowd of 4,673 saw the RedHawks (18-17) snap a seven-game losing streak, the franchise's worst since 2007, when Oklahoma City was affiliated with the Texas Rangers.
ON THE MOUND
*Lyles improved to 5-0 with a 3.49 earned run average. He surrendered eight hits and a walk, but the right-hander struck out six. Relievers Xavier Cedeno and Jose Valdez blanked the 51s on two walks and two strikeouts the rest of the way. Valdez has six saves.
*Former Astros prospect Tim Redding threw well for Las Vegas, but he fell to 0-3 after the 51s failed to generate any runs. Redding pitched six innings, allowing Brett Wallace's third-inning homer. The Hawks added three singles. He struck out five and walked one.
AT THE PLATE
*Not much to talk about for either side. Wallace's homer was his fourth of the season. Las Vegas (18-17) had eight singles, three from leadoff man Adeiny Hechavarria. The 51s stranded 10 base runners, the RedHawks four.
*The four-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday with right-hander Henry Sosa (2-0, 5.12) the scheduled starting pitcher for Oklahoma City. Las Vegas will throw left-hander Aaron Laffey (1-4, 5.63).