The past two times there have been fireworks at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, they have been both figurative and literal.
Oklahoma City’s Domingo Santana hit a three-run, walk-off homer to give the RedHawks an 8-5 win against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Friday. Santana finished 4-for-5.
On June 13, Gregorio Petit hit a walk-off in the 12th inning to beat Las Vegas. Fireworks followed both games at the ballpark.
REDHAWKS CATCH FIRE IN SIXTH
Through five innings against Omaha (43-37) on Friday, the Oklahoma City RedHawks looked headed for their sixth consecutive loss.
It would have been the club’s longest losing streak since dropping 10 in a row in August 2012.
In the sixth inning, though, that changed in a big way.
Petit led off the inning with a single, and Marc Krauss followed with a two-run homer to dead center that made the score 4-3 in Omaha’s favor.
OKC (43-39) ended up batting around in the inning, registering four more hits and a walk. RBIs from Preston Tucker and Austin Wates swung the game to a 5-4 RedHawks’ advantage. Omaha pushed across another run in the ninth before Santana’s homer.
OKC OVERCOMES ROUGH FIRST
In the first inning Friday, RedHawks starter Bobby Doran sent down the first two Omaha batters he faced without problem.
That third out was a different story.
After Johnny Giavotella and Matt Fields singled and Paulo Orlando walked, Omaha right fielder Jimmy Paredes tripled to bring home three runs and put Oklahoma City in an early hole.
Doran finally escaped the inning after striking out the next batter, but the damage was done. It ended Doran’s streak of five games with two or fewer runs allowed.
OKC used four pitchers in the game. Despite blowing a save, Jason Stoffel got the win, bringing him to 1-2.
Spencer Patton (4-3) took the loss for Omaha.
HERNANDEZ KEEPS HITTING
OKC shortstop Enrique Hernandez moved his hitting streak to nine games with his sixth-inning single. Hernandez has hit safely in 22 of his past 24 games, and has 14 multi-hit games in that span.
KRAUSS DOES THE DRIVING
Krauss’ two-run home run brought his season RBI total to 19 in only 20 games with the RedHawks. Krauss hit .139 with the Houston Astros before being sent to Oklahoma City on June 1. Since, he is hitting .315 and has three home runs for the RedHawks.
The RedHawks continue their four-game homestand against Omaha on Saturday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
OKC will face Omaha right-hander Aaron Brooks, who is 6-2 this season with a 3.43 ERA. Asher Wojciechowski, who recently returned from a strained muscle in his right arm, will make his first home start of the season for the RedHawks. OKC trails Omaha by one game in the Pacific Coast American Northern Division.