ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Oklahoma City scored eight runs over the last two innings Sunday night, but it wasn't enough as the RedHawks dropped an 11-9 Pacific Coast League baseball decision to Albuquerque at Isotopes Park.
The RedHawks entered the four-game series Friday night leading the league in home runs, but for the second consecutive game, they failed to go deep. It was Albuquerque (29-22) that hit home runs Sunday, getting one each from Juan Rivera, Jeff Baisley, Josh Baird and Dodgers star Matt Kemp, who was with the Triple-A club on a medical rehabilitation assignment. Kemp, a Midwest City High School grad, added a single and three RBIs.
Another player with Oklahoma ties, Josh Fields, added two hits for the Isotopes. Fields starred at Stillwater High and Oklahoma State.
But the RedHawks (28-22) came back with four runs in the eighth inning and four more in the ninth inning against relievers Cole St. Clair and Ramon Troncoso. Closer Scott Rice came in with two outs in the ninth and allowed a hit. But Rice finished off the Hawks with a strikeout for his fifth save of the season.
The earned run average of Oklahoma City starter Paul Clemens ballooned to an ominous 6.66 after the Isotopes scored eight runs on 11 hits in 51/3 innings.
The teams end the series with a 2:35 p.m. game Monday. The RedHawks return to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday against Nashville.