Back in 2001, Carlos Pena hit 23 home runs for the RedHawks on his way to the majors. Thirteen years later, in an attempt to make it back to the majors, Pena supplied a game-winning homer against his former team, lifting Round Rock to a 2-1 win over Oklahoma City on Thursday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Recently designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers, Pena slammed a two-out, opposite-field, ninth-inning homer that landed in the RedHawks bullpen. A 36-year-old first baseman, Pena was a first-round pick when the RedHawks were associated with the Rangers.
Round Rock went up 1-0 in the third when Ryan Strausborger singled, stole second and scored on Luis Sardinas’ RBI single. The RedHawks tied it in the bottom of the inning. Max Stassi drew a leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second and scored on Joe Sclafani’s RBI single.
Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski, one of the Houston Astros‘ top pitching prospects, still is looking for his first win this season after going 11-8 last year between Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Corpus Christi.
Wojciechowski, 0-3, was the tough-luck loser. Pitching out of the bullpen, Wojciechowski retired 12 of the 13 hitters he faced. The only hitter to reach safety was Pena, who homered. Wojciechowski was sidelined the first two months by a strained ribcage muscle.
WHITE PITCHES WELL
Sidelined the entire 2013 season following Tommy John elbow surgery, RedHawks right-hander starter Alex White, a first-round pick, turned in his longest outing of the season. Throwing 86 pitches, White went five innings, allowing one run on three hits.
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