ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp continued his medical rehabilitation assignment with the Albuquerque Isotopes on Monday — and for the second consecutive day, he homered against Oklahoma City RedHawks pitching. And, for the second consecutive day, another late-inning rally fell short as OKC lost an 11-9 Pacific Coast League baseball decision.
A crowd of 7,992 watched the Midwest City High graduate hammer the RedHawks for three hits, including a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. Kemp also singled and doubled while batting behind Josh Fields, a former Stillwater High and Oklahoma State star who added two hits.
The RedHawks scored four runs over the eighth and ninth innings. Oklahoma City (28-23) scored three times in the ninth inning, getting RBI singles from Carlos Corporan and Brian Bixler. Another run scored on a wild pitch, before newcomer Brandon Barnes' fly to center ended the game.
Oklahoma City scored eight runs over the eighth and ninth innings Sunday before losing by an identical 11-9 count to the Isotopes. Albuquerque (30-22) won the final three games of the series, outscoring OKC 29-22. The RedHawks are 3-9 this season against the Isotopes, who have replaced Oklahoma City atop the South Division.
The RedHawks return to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, beginning a 12-game homestand. Nashville will in town for four games, followed by Iowa and New Orleans. Tickets are available at the Brick's box office.