Oklahoma City RedHawks notebook: OKC falls to Iowa

Brad Nelson helped keep the Iowa Cubs' three-game winning streak alive on Monday with his two home runs off Oklahoma City RedHawks pitcher Phil Humber.
BY RHIANNON WALKER Published: June 10, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City's Jonathan Villar (2) runs the bases past Iowa pitcher Yoanner Negrin (25) after hitting a home run in the third inning during a minor league baseball game between the Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Iowa Cubs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 10, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Jonathan Villar (2) runs the bases past Iowa pitcher Yoanner Negrin (25) after hitting a home run in the third inning during a minor league baseball game between the Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Iowa Cubs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 10, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Brad Nelson helped keep the Iowa Cubs' three-game winning streak alive on Monday with his two home runs off Oklahoma City RedHawks pitcher Phil Humber.

It didn't take any time for Nelson to warm up to Humber either; both of his home runs came on the first pitch he saw.

“You can see on both teams, swing a little bit early, you don't want to get late in the count,” Nelson said. “So that's exactly what I did. It was a first-pitch fastball, and I got that one. That started off the day, and when you start off the day well you can hopefully continue it.”

Nelson hit his 11th and 12th home runs Monday, which brings his total to seven on the road.

HUMBER GETS HAMMERED

Phil Humber, the Astros' former starting pitcher, continued his struggles against the Cubs in 4 2/3 innings. Humber was sent down to the RedHawks on May 17 after going 0-8 in seven starts with Houston and accumulating a 9.59 ERA.

His stat line certainly didn't get better after facing the Cubs. Humber allowed eight hits, six runs — two of which were home runs and all earned — three walks, three strikeouts and he hit a batter.

Humber was 0-1 coming into the game with a 5.25 ERA after playing five games.

‘YOU'RE OUT OF HERE'

After home plate umpire Kellen Levy issued a warning to both dugouts when Cubs pitcher Yoanner Negrin threw inside to a RedHawks batter, Cubs manager Marty Pevey came out to argue the call. Pevey disputed the warning with Levy, who eventually tossed him out of the game.