Joe Sclafani crushed a walk-off grand slam in the ninth to lift the Oklahoma City RedHawks to a 9-6 win over the Iowa Cubs on Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The RedHawks trailed 6-4 entering the ninth but scored five runs off Iowa’s Marcus Hatley, who failed to record an out.
Matt Duffy, Carlos Perez and Ruben Sosa singled to load the bases. Jonathan Villar drew a bases loaded walk to draw OKC to within 6-5. Sclafani followed with his first RedHawks homer.
With the win, the RedHawks closed to within two games of the Cubs in the PCL American Northern division.
Led by two home runs from Mike Olt, Iowa went up 6-4 in the eighth on Olt’s second homer. Iowa third baseman Kris Bryant crushed his 16th homer, his 38th of the season to tie Rangers’ prospect Joey Gallo for the minor league lead.
Manny Ramirez, a 12-time Major League All-Star who has 555 major league homers, supplied a two-run single in the first to help Iowa build an early 3-0 lead.
The RedHawks’ early offense was led by Andrew Aplin, who had a three-RBI game. Aplin’s two-run single in the sixth tied the game 4-4.
GAME STARTS LATE
Saturday’s RedHawks game started one, hour 26 minutes late due to heavy thunderstorms that rumbled through downtown a couple of hours before the 7:05 p.m. scheduled start. The biggest issue was standing water in the left-field corner. By the time the first pitch was thrown at 8:20, the field was in good shape. The game ended after press time for this edition.
AROUND THE HORN
RedHawks utility man Ronny Torreyes has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games. … The RedHawks have outhit opponents on the first seven games of a nine-game homestand and averaged eight runs a game. … Over the past 11 games Preston Tucker and Matt Duffy have combined for 29 RBIs. … In his second game on a rehab assignment, Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler went 1-for-3 with a walk after going 2-for-3 on Friday night. Fowler has missed the Astros last 35 games with a strained ribcage muscle.
In the fourth game of a five-game series Sunday night at 6:05, the RedHawks will start right-hander Asher Wojciechowski (2-3, 6.04 ERA). The Cubs will throw left-hander Eric Jokisch (8-8, 3.58).
By Mike Baldwin