SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nick Tropeano allowed just two hits, and Domingo Santana keyed a big fifth inning as the Oklahoma City RedHawks routed the Sacramento River Cats 7-0 in Pacific Coast League baseball on Monday night at Raley Field.
Oklahoma City (68-63) continued to mash Sacramento pitching in the series. The RedHawks have outscored the ’Cats 21-4 through three games. The series finale is 9:05 p.m. Tuesday. Oklahoma City then returns to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to begin its final regular-season homestand.
A break here and there, and the RedHawks could be playing baseball well past Labor Day. They moved into sole possession of second place in the American Conference’s Northern Division. OKC trails defending Triple-A national champion Omaha by just two games with 13 contests still on the schedule.
Tropeano had perhaps his best outing of the season Monday night, improving to 8-5. He pitched 62/3 innings, walking none and striking out eight. Pat Urckfitz and Paul Clemens threw the final 11/3 innings as Oklahoma City whipped a Sacramento (72-58) team that has one of the best records in the PCL.
Santana finished with three hits. Preston Tucker and Carlos Perez added two each. Santana’s 15th homer of the season came in Oklahoma City’s six-run fifth inning. The three-run shot helped give the Hawks a seven-run lead.