ROUND ROCK, Texas — George Springer and Max Stassi had run-scoring singles in the top of the 11th inning Thursday, and the Oklahoma City RedHawks opened the Pacific Coast League baseball season with a 7-6 win over Round Rock before a sellout crowd of 9,655 at Dell Diamond.
The RedHawks had to hang on in the bottom of the inning as Round Rock, the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, scored a run on a two-out bases-loaded walk. But Jason Stoffel picked up his first save of the season by striking out Bryan Petersen on a 1-2 pitch.
Stoffel threw two-thirds of an inning, walking two and striking out two. Josh Zeid, the fourth of six Oklahoma City pitchers, was the winner. Zeid blanked the Express on a hit, no walks and two strikeouts in 11/2 innings.
Round Rock pasted RedHawks starter Rudy Owens for five runs — four coming on Petersen’s grand slam. Oklahoma City answered in the top of the third, though, with five runs — three coming on Adron Chambers’ homer.
Oklahoma City finished with 15 hits. Everyone in the Hawks lineup had a hit. Nine-hole batter Ronald Torreyes led the team with three.
The RedHawks’ eight-game road trip continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Round Rock. Nick Tropeano or Collin McHugh will start on the mound for Oklahoma City. Former Oklahoma State standout Scott Baker is the scheduled starter for the Express.