REDHAWKS 9, CUBS 8
RedHawks announcer Alex Freedman could not have said it any better, “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” after Carlos Perez's RBI single scored Andy Simunic in the bottom of the 12th inning.
The RedHawks defeated the visiting Iowa Cubs 9-8 on Thursday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
After holding a commanding 6-0 lead heading into the sixth inning, the RedHawks allowed the Cubs to score one run in the sixth, three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, and the tying run in the ninth inning.
The Cubs had an opportunity to score two runs in the ninth inning, but Brett Jackson didn't realize Steve Clevenger's double hadn't been caught, so after some confusion, Jackson finally advanced to third base.
PEACOCK HITLESS THROUGH FIVE
RedHawks starting pitcher Brad Peacock retired the first fifteen batters he faced Thursday.
Peacock would pitch six innings, strike out four batters, throw 61 strikes out of 81 pitches, allow two hits and one run.
Clevenger had a rough day in the Cubs' last game against the RedHawks. The catcher allowed two balls to pass by in the bottom of the fourth inning, which allowed three runners — Justin Maxwell, Marc Krauss and Brandon Laird — to advance.
Maxwell would then score on a double by Krauss, and Krauss and Laird would come in on a double by Perez that put the RedHawks up, 5-0.
LEADERS SQUARE OFF
After splitting the four-game series against the Cubs, the RedHawks will now begin a four-game home series against the Round Rock Express. Round Rock, the Texas Rangers' affiliate, and Oklahoma City are tied for first place in the American Conference Southern Division.
Ross Seaton (2-5, 7.60 ERA) will start for the RedHawks, and Round Rock will send Scott Richmond (1-1, 5.84) to the mound. Richmond is a former Oklahoma State standout. Friday's game will begin at 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.