OKC RedHawks: NL All-Star Gaby Sanchez sparks Zephyrs to rout of RedHawks

The slumping big leaguer hits a three-run homer in the first inning, finishes with four hits to help snap OKC's record 14-game home win streak. The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
From Staff Reports Published: June 8, 2012
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Gaby Sanchez, who was a National League All-Star last season, hit a three-run homer in the first inning Friday to help New Orleans thump the Oklahoma City RedHawks 6-1 in Pacific Coast League baseball before 8,216 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. New Orleans snapped the RedHawks' franchise-record home win streak at 14. The first-place Hawks (37-24) were trying to win a franchise-record 10th game overall.

AT THE PLATE

*Sanchez was sent down to Triple-A New Orleans on May 19 by the Florida Marlins. He was batting .197 with one homer and 11 RBIs in 36 games when Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen shipped the All-Star to the minors. Sanchez was 4 for 4 with a walk and four RBIs on Friday night. He scored three times. Sanchez is batting .310 for the Zephyrs.

*Scott Moore continues to have a hot bat for Oklahoma City. He had two hits, including his 22nd double of the season. Moore had the RedHawks' only RBI, driving in Jimmy Paredes in the fourth inning. ... Oklahoma City finished with seven hits, three of those going for extra bases. Paredes tripled, and Brandon Barnes doubled.

ON THE MOUND

*Hawks starting pitcher Aneury Rodriguez (2-6, 6.88) was chewed up over five innings. In addition to Sanchez's homer, Rodriguez walked four and allowed four hits. ... Alex Sanabia (4-4) was exceptional for New Orleans. He gave up a run on five hits with no walks. He struck out three.

ROSTER MOVES

*The Houston Astros called up second baseman Brian Bixler (.302) on Friday. Bixler joins Brett Wallace (10 homers for OKC) and Fernando Martinez (38 RBIs) as chunks of offense the Astros have taken recently from the RedHawks roster.

UP NEXT

*The four-game series continues with Game 3 at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at The Brick. Dallas Keuchel (5-4, 4.30 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the RedHawks; Brad Hand (4-3, 3.63) will start for New Orleans.