Mike Moustakas’ three-run double in the third inning was a difference-maker Thursday night as Omaha beat Oklahoma City 5-3 in Pacific Coast League baseball before 4,890 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Omaha has won the first-three games in the series, which ends at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
Moustakas, who has played 40 games this season for the Storm Chasers’ parent club, the Kansas City Royals, was 3 for 4 with the three RBIs. He also scored a run to help Omaha climb above .500 at 27-26. It was his third-inning, two-out double against Oklahoma City starter David Martinez that gave Omaha a 4-1 lead.
The RedHawks (29-26) came back with single runs in the fourth and eighth innings to make it 4-3, but Omaha added an insurance run in the ninth off closer Jason Stoffel. Omaha’s Spencer Patton notched his 10th save of the season by retiring Oklahoma City in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Gregorio Petit had two hits for the Hawks. Domingo Santana added two hits, an RBI and scored a run.
Oklahoma City has lost three straight and four of its last five games. The RedHawks are just 10-13 at The Brick this season.