NEW ORLEANS — The Oklahoma City RedHawks will open the home portion of their baseball season at 7:05 Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in first place.
Oklahoma City wrapped up its season-opening, eight-game road trip Thursday night with an 8-2 rout of New Orleans before 4,921 fans at Zephyrs Field. The RedHawks (6-2) will play the Zephyrs (1-7) another four games, this time at The Brick. Although the season is young, OKC tops its division and has a two-game lead over Colorado Springs, Iowa and defending Triple-A national champion Omaha.
Oklahoma City has won five straight, which included a four-game sweep of New Orleans.
The Hawks trailed 2-1 after five innings Thursday, tied it in the top of the sixth on Japhet Amador’s sacrifice fly and then exploded for six runs in the eighth inning. George Springer and Jon Singleton sparked the big inning with back-to-back, solo home runs. Gregorio Petit added a two-run double, giving pitcher David Martinez plenty of breathing room to pick up his second victory of the season.
New Orleans starting pitcher Adam Conley did a decent job against Oklahoma City, giving up two runs on four hits in 51/3 innings. He walked two and struck out a game-best six.
But the Zephyrs’ bullpen imploded. Carter Capps, Chaz Roe and Rett Varner surrendered six runs on seven hits and four walks over two innings.
Everyone in the RedHawks batting order, except for leadoff man Austin Wates, had a hit for Oklahoma City. And Wates entered the game with a team-best .357 batting average.