On short rest, things did not go well for Oklahoma City right-hander Mike Foltynewicz and the RedHawks.
The New Orleans Zephyrs used a five-run third to chase Foltynewicz and in turn rout the RedHawks 10-1 to open a four-game series Monday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Foltynewicz (6-6) lasted just three innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and six walks. He was starting a day earlier than originally scheduled after the Houston Astros promoted David Martinez to their bullpen on Sunday.
As a result, the starting rotation has been bumped up a day all around.
Oklahoma City (47-45) took a 1-0 lead in the first on a lead-off double by Robbie Grossman and single by Marc Krauss.
The Zephyrs (45-46) then went to work — scoring 10 unanswered runs behind a three-run homer from Juan Diaz and a solo shot from Kyle Jensen — to back right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (2-2).
SANTANA STRUGGLES IN FIRST GAME BACK
Oklahoma City outfielder Domingo Santana’s struggles continued.
After going 0 for 13 with 11 strikeouts during his recent stint with the Astros, Santana was sent back to the RedHawks on Sunday.
The 21-year-old returned to the lineup Monday, striking out two more times and finishing 0 for 4. Dating back to June 29, he is 2 for 25 with 17 strikeouts between both teams.
HEANEY MAKING STOP AT HOME
Former Putnam City and Oklahoma State star Andrew Heaney was optioned to New Orleans following his start in St. Louis on Saturday, but had not joined the Zephyrs by game time.
He is also not scheduled to pitch during the series in front of his hometown crowd, despite Thursday being the day he would pitch on normal rest.
Heaney, who was drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft, went 0-3 with a 6.53 ERA in four starts for the Marlins. He is 7-2 with a 2.47 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this season.
Owasso native Brian Flynn, The Oklahoman’s Player of the Year in 2008, is scheduled to pitch Wednesday for New Orleans. He is 7-6 with a 3.62 ERA.
The RedHawks look to rebound Tuesday night against New Orleans left-hander Adam Conley (2-3, 4.68 ERA).
Left-hander Brett Oberholtzer (1-2, 4.65) will make his first start for the RedHawks since June 21. He is fresh off two starts with the Astros in which he went 0-1 and allowed six runs in 12 2/3 innings.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Oklahoma City’s Gregorio Petit returned to the lineup at designated hitter for the first time since injuring his hamstring on June 28. He went 1 for 3 with a single. … New Orleans left fielder Danny Black, a former Oklahoma standout, went 1 for 4 with a walk, single and run scored. … Oklahoma City pitchers walked a season-high nine batters.