An early seven-run deficit proved too much for the Oklahoma City RedHawks to overcome Thursday night as the Salt Lake Bees earned a series split with an 8-5 victory in front of 6,047 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Bees scored seven runs in the first and second inning off RedHawks starter David Martinez before veteran pitcher Joel Pineiro and two relievers held off Oklahoma City.
The RedHawks brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth in the form of red-hot third baseman Matt Duffy, who homered for the fifth time in the series in the second inning, but he hit into a game-ending double play.
TUCKER DEBUTS, SINGLES
The Houston Astros promoted outfielder Preston Tucker to the RedHawks from Double-A Corpus Christi before Thursday’s game, and the 23-year-old made his debut in right field.
He went 1 for 4 with a single and run, while striking out twice and avoiding injury in the fourth inning when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Gregorio Petit in foul territory while on third base.
Tucker, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 draft, was leading the Texas League in five offensive categories, including home runs (17) and RBIs (43).
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