OKC RedHawks snap 10-game losing streak

Brad Snyder's solo home run sparks RedHawks past Fresno 4-3.
by Michael Baldwin Published: August 14, 2012

A baseball tradition is players lining up to exchange high-fives near the pitcher's mound following a win. For the RedHawks, it had been almost two weeks since they went through the postgame congratulatory ritual.

The RedHawks ended a 10-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 4-3 win over Fresno at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

“It was starting to get frustrating,” said 34-year-old veteran Mike Hessman, who has slammed 30 home runs. “It's the old cliché about grinding it out. I think everybody started pressing and trying to do a little too much. Brad (Snyder) got us going.”

Oklahoma City trailed 2-0 before Snyder slammed a pinch-hit solo home run to spark a 3-run fifth inning. Jimmy Paredes' ground-rule RBI double tied the game. Paredes stole third and scored on Jose Martinez's sacrifice fly to give OKC a 3-2 lead. Matt Downs added a solo homer in the sixth.

The losing streak was the second longest in franchise history, which dates back to 1998 when the team changed nicknames. The record is a 13-game losing streak seven years ago.

OKC led the Pacific Coast League's Southern Division as recently as two weeks ago. Part of the RedHawks' recent slump can be attributed to a revolving door roster shuffle the past two weeks.

In Tuesday's starting lineup, J.D. Martinez, Brian Bixler and Downs were with the Houston Astros last week. Jose Martinez was among several players who were promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi.

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by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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