Austin Wates collected three hits, and Carlos Perez supplied the go-ahead hit to lead the RedHawks to a 7-5 win over the Nashville Sounds on Sunday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
After Nashville tied the game on Hector Gomez’s two-run homer in the eighth, Joe Sclafani led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single. Preston Tucker singled but was picked off first.
With two outs, Perez singled to left to drive in Sclafani. Domingo Santana, who walked, scored an insurance run on Jio Mier’s RBI single. Wates doubled and scored in the first and supplied RBI singles in the second and seventh.
Kevin Chapman, who has surrendered only three earned runs all season, pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his seventh save. RedHawks left-hander Rudy Owens allowed only four hits and one earned run in six innings.
VILLAR AN RBI MACHINE
Shortstop Jonathan Villar, who spent the first half of the season with the Houston Astros, is best known for his speed, having recently swiped his 200th career base in the minors. Since he was reassigned to Oklahoma City, Villar has been an RBI machine.
Villar, who batted .200 with a .255 on-base percentage in 225 at-bats with the Astros, has accumulated 14 RBIs in 11 games with the RedHawks. Villar is hitting .281 but has done what the Astros asked him to do — get on base. Villar has a .450 on-base percentage with Oklahoma City.
BACK ABOVE .500
The RedHawks improved to 52-51. Oklahoma City has been below .500 only twice all season. The RedHawks were 1-2 on April 5 and were 48-49 a week ago.
The RedHawks had four players ejected in games Friday and Saturday. Before the Nashville series, the RedHawks had only three ejections all season... Over the past 30 games, OKC starting pitchers have posted a 6.22 ERA. Owens’ start was only the seventh quality start the past month.
The RedHawks on Monday night open a four-game series against Round Rock, the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate. Oklahoma City will start right-handed flame-thrower Mike Foltynewicz (7-6, 4.56 ERA) in the opener. The RedHawks host the Express on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, all 7:05 p.m. games.