TACOMA, Wash. — Mike Hessman notched his 29th homer of the season, and Jose Cisnero pitched a strong game late Thursday night as the Oklahoma City RedHawks ripped Tacoma 7-1 in Pacific Coast League baseball at Cheney Stadium.
Hessman, who moved within nine homers of tying the single-season franchise record, helped the RedHawks (63-49) snap a four-game losing streak and remain 11/2 games behind division leader Albuquerque. Hessman had gone 22 consecutive games without a home run, but he has two in the last three games to remain in the chase for Dave Roberts' 47-year-old franchise mark (38) for one season.
Cisnero (2-0) has been strong since a recent promotion from Double-A Corpus Christi to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 23-year-old has a 1.29 earned run average and 10 strikeouts in 14 innings. On Thursday night, he allowed Tacoma's only run on five hits. He walked two and struck out seven in seven innings.
Tacoma (47-66) trailed 3-1 in the fifth inning when Guillermo Quiroz led off with a triple. But Cisnero remained focused and retired the next nine batters before relievers Juan Abreu and Mark Hamburger handled the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
The teams played again late Friday night. The final score was not available at press time.