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Oklahoma City RedHawks: RedHawks beat Albuquerque, close in on division-leading Omaha

Asher Wojciechowski won a pitchers’ duel to lead the RedHawks to a 3-0 win over Albuquerque on Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
By Mike Baldwin Published: August 25, 2014
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Asher Wojciechowski won a pitchers’ duel to lead the RedHawks to a 3-0 win over Albuquerque on Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Turning in his best outing of the season, the 25-year-old right-hander tossed 71/3 shutout innings assisted by relievers Anthony Bass and Tommy Shirley who bailed him out of an eighth-inning jam. Improving to 4-4, Wojciechowski allowed only six hits to lower his ERA to 4.56, but he has a 2.78 ERA in his last seven starts.

The RedHawks scored their first run before they collected a hit. In the second inning, Preston Tucker reached on a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, went to third on a ground out and scored on Domingo Santana’s sacrifice fly.

Oklahoma City added two insurance runs in the eighth on Santana’s bases-loaded walk and Carlos Perez’s sacrifice fly.

OKC ONLY HALF-GAME BACK

After falling five games out of first a month ago, the RedHawks have gone 16-7 the past four weeks to climb to within one-half game of division leading Omaha, pending the Storm Chasers late game at Reno.

The RedHawks have six games remaining on their schedule, Omaha seven, including Monday’s late game. The Storm Chasers, who lost late Sunday night, had a game rained out earlier this season that will not be rescheduled, assuring the race won’t end in a tie.

FLASHING SOME LEATHER

There were a couple of dazzling defensive plays turned in by the RedHawks. Center fielder Andrew Aplin made a head-long diving catch to open the eighth, which was pivotal when the Isotopes followed with back-to-back hits.

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