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OKC RedHawks: RedHawks' 17-game win streak at home snapped

Nashville beats OKC, keeps RedHawks from clinching division championship.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: August 26, 2013
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The champagne remains on ice.

The Oklahoma City RedHawks could have clinched the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division championship with a win over Nashville combined with an Albuquerque victory.

Albuquerque did its part, but Nashville posted a 6-3 win over the RedHawks on Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to end Oklahoma City's 17-game home winning streak.

The RedHawks' magic number is one to advance to the playoffs. The Isotopes' win eliminated Round Rock, which trails the RedHawks by seven games with seven games remaining. OKC leads Albuquerque by six games.

The only way Oklahoma City doesn't win the division title is if Albuquerque wins its final seven games and the RedHawks lose their final seven games.

The 17-game home winning streak was the second longest in the minor leagues since 2005. The Cedar Rapids Kernels won 19 consecutive home games in 2010. It was the RedHawks' first home loss since July 14, the final game before the All-Star break.

Once the RedHawks officially clinch the division title they might have to wait until the weekend to know their first-round opponent. Omaha leads Memphis by two games in the American Northern Division.

If the RedHawks win the division they would host Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-5 series Sept. 4-5 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

All four teams in the American Southern Division own a better record than Omaha (67-70). All four teams in the RedHawks' division have winning records, including last place New Orleans (69-68).