RedHawks 6, Iowa 5
The RedHawks pushed their home winning streak to 11 consecutive games with Sunday night's 6-5 victory over Iowa in the second game of a four-game Pacific Coast League set against the Cubs.
Oklahoma City (34-23) also is now 11 games over .500 for the first time this season.
STAR OF THE GAME
RedHawks first baseman Mike Hessman cracked three home runs in the game, all solo shots, and was 4-for-4 in the game. Hessman's third of the game in the seventh was a long, two-out blast on a 3-2 pitch that sailed over the left field wall and proved to be the game-winner.
Iowa had scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie the game 5-5.
Hessman hit two homers off Iowa starter, left-hander Brooks Raley, and the game-winner off reliever Jeff Beliveau, also a lefty.
The right-handed hitting Hessman has 13 home runs on the season and 342 in his minor league career, the most of any active player.
He is just the fifth player to have a three-homer game since Oklahoma City became the RedHawks in 1998 and moved into what is now called Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The other RedHawks with three homer games are Chad Tracy in 2010, Nate Gold and Nelson Cruz in 2008, and Adrian Gonzalez in 2005.
IN THE FIELD
Third baseman Scott Moore's diving grab of a sharp grounder to end the top of the seventh and throw across the diamond saved at least one run for the RedHawks and prevented the Cubs from taking the lead.
ON THE MOUND
Dallas Keuchel started the game for the RedHawks but didn't get a decision, giving up four earned runs in 62/3 innings. Enerio Del Rosario picked up the win in relief while closer Jose Valdez earned his 13th save.
Brian Bass (1-0, 0.00) takes the ball for the RedHawks on Tuesday night against Cubs scheduled starter Chris Rusin (4-4. 3.53). Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.