REDHAWKS 4, SOUNDS 2
Marc Krauss slammed his sixth home run, and Jarred Cosart picked up his third win in the RedHawks 4-2 victory Tuesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
A hard throwing 22-year-old right-hander with a 96 mph fastball, Cosart, one of the Astros' top prospects, struck out six and limited the Sounds to four hits in 51/3 innings. Cosart is 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA.
It was the RedHawks fifth consecutive win. Oklahoma City finished April 15-10.
KRAUSS IS BRICK BASHING
Krauss has hit safely in 13 of 14 home games. Krauss is hitting .408 with four home runs and 20 RBIs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. For the season, Krauss is batting .333 with six homers and 25 RBIs, which ranks fifth in the Pacific Coast League. His six homers are tied for third in the PCL.
VILLAR STEALS HOME
Shortstop Jonathan Villar, hitting .413 over the past 15 games to raise his average from .059 to .289, stole home in the second inning. Villar has seven steals and has committed only one error during his hot streak at the plate after committing six errors the first two weeks of the season.
SHORT HOPS ...
The RedHawks' four triples in Monday's win were the most in nine years. On June 22, 2004, the RedHawks had four triples in a 24-4 win, which set the single-game franchise record for runs (24) and hits (31). ... Villar's stolen base was OKC's “only” steal after they swiped 14 bases the previous three games. The RedHawks lead the PCL with 35 steals. ... Jimmy Paredes doubled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Paredes is hitting .358. ... Cosart's outing continued a feast-or-famine pitching trend. OKC pitchers have allowed three runs or less in 12 games but have allowed seven or more runs in the other 13 games. ... Josh Zeid gave up a solo homer in the ninth but recorded his second save.
The third game of a four-game series Wednesday night at 7:05 will match OKC left-hander Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 0.00) against Nashville right-hander Tyler Thornburg (0-2, 5.04), the No. 1 prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers' system.
BY MIKE BALDWIN