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Oklahoma City RedHawks: OKC brings out the big bats, outslugs Memphis

The RedHawks won three of four games against the Redbirds, but they needed a lot of offense to do it.
From Staff Reports Published: April 7, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It's hard to tell if Oklahoma City and Memphis are offensive juggernauts — or the pitching staff for each team is that bad.

Time will tell, but offense was the story of a four-game, season-opening baseball series for the RedHawks and Redbirds. On Sunday afternoon, Oklahoma City wrapped up the Pacific Coast League set with a 14-10, 11-inning victory before 7,534 fans at AutoZone Park. The RedHawks, after losing the first game of the season 9-0, came back to beat the Redbirds three consecutive times.

And the Hawks needed every run mustered, particularly Sunday, when they came back from 3-1, 7-2 and 9-8 deficits.

For the series, Oklahoma City and Memphis combined for 53 runs and 76 hits. The RedHawks had 17 hits Sunday, including five from Jake Elmore and three each from Brandon Laird and Jimmy Paredes. Robbie Grossman had two hits and walked three times. Elmore, Trevor Crowe and Marc Krauss hit home runs; Krauss' was a three-run shot during the RedHawks' five-run 11th inning put away the game — although Memphis squeezed out one more run in the bottom half of the inning.

The teams used a combined 11 pitchers Sunday. Oklahoma City reliever Jose Valdez was credited with a blown save, yet he also notched his first win of the season.

Memphis had three hits from David Freese, who is an injury rehabilitation assignment from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Oklahoma City continues its eight-game road trip at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Nashville.