Looking to regain some consistency, Oklahoma City might have found it Sunday night.
The RedHawks pounded out 17 hits, and Nick Tropeano delivered another quality start in a 10-3 rout of the Omaha Storm Chasers in front of 5,697 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Oklahoma City (44-40) is now one game behind Omaha (44-38) in the American Northern standings after splitting the four-game set.
The RedHawks fell behind 3-1 in the third before scoring nine unanswered runs against five different Storm Chaser pitchers.
TROPEANO RECOVERS FROM SLOW START
Tropeano got off to a shaky start, allowing three runs in the first three innings on four hits.
But the final five innings were masterful.
The right-hander allowed just two hits the rest of the way, both singles by Whit Merrifield. Tropeano finished with nine strikeouts and no walks on 100 pitches — 71 of which were strikes.
Tropeano is now 6-4 on the season and has quality starts in seven of his last nine starts.
TUCKER PICKING UP STEAM
After hitting his first home run since being called up from Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday, Preston Tucker followed up with his best day at the plate in Triple-A.
He went 4 for 5 with three RBIs and a run scored, raising his average to .241 after beginning the day at .189.
Even more impressive was his ability to hit left-handers. He came into the game just 2 for 15 against lefties, but went 3 for 4 against John Lamb, Buddy Baumann and Chris Dwyer.
POWER OF THREE
Good things came along with the number three for the RedHawks.
Three hitters had three hits with Ronny Torreyes, Marc Krauss and Enrique Hernandez each reaching the total and combining for two RBIs.
Left fielder Austin Wates also drove in three runs, while Carlos Perez drew three walks.
Oklahoma City took the lead for good with a three-run third inning and then capped its scoring with a three-run eighth.
The RedHawks also had three extra-base hits on doubles from Torreyes, Krauss and Hernandez.
The RedHawks hit the road for a four-game set in Colorado Springs before returning home for a seven-game homestand that begins with Iowa on Friday.
Left-hander Rudy Owens is scheduled to start Monday against the Sky Sox’s Mike McClendon. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m.
Oklahoma City will also face a familiar foe during the trip when former Stillwater standout Brett Anderson starts for Colorado Springs on a rehab assignment.