REDHAWKS 9, SOUNDS 7
Trailing most of the night in both games of a doubleheader, the RedHawks rallied with four runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth to notch a 9-7 win over Nashville on Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Ronny Torreyes supplied a go-ahead, two-run single to cap Oklahoma City’s three-run, sixth-inning uprising after Jio Mier tied the game with an RBI single.
OKC scored four runs in the fifth to go up 6-5. Marc Krauss supplied the big hit, a two-run single but Nashville answered with a two-run Kevin Mattison double to retake the lead 7-6.
Jonathan Villar, who had four RBIs in the doubleheader, stroked a two-run double in the third that helped the RedHawks chip into Nashville’s early 4-0 lead.
The Sounds went up 2-0 in the first when right fielder Caleb Gindl hit a controversial two-run homer, a ball first base umpire Adam Schwarz ruled fair. (Editor’s note: Triple-A does not use television replays).
Kevin Chapman picked up the win by striking out five out of the bullpen.
SOUNDS 7, REDHAWKS 6
Nashville erupted for five runs in the fourth to build a 7-1 lead. The RedHawks rallied with five runs in the sixth inning, and had the bases loaded with one out in the seventh, but Jeremy Jeffress recorded his fifth save for the Sounds.
Pete Orr’s bases-loaded, three-run triple was the key hit in the Sounds’ five-run fourth. Sean Halton had three hits for Nashville.
The RedHawks got doubles from Carlos Perez and Austin Wates in a five-run sixth. Wates collected three hits and reached safely four times for Oklahoma City.
WHITE EJECTED (TWICE)
RedHawks right-hander Alex White, the losing pitcher in the first game, was ejected after he left the game. White also was ejected in the second game following the controversial home run call. RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco also was ejected in the first inning of the second game when arguing Gindl’s home run.
The eight-game homestand continues with the final two games against Nashville followed by games against Round Rock Monday through Thursday.
In Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. game, Tommy Shirley, who was 7-3 with a 1.88 ERA in Double-A, makes his Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark debut for the RedHawks. Nashville counters with PCL All-Star Mike Fiers (6-5, 2.52).
In the series finale Sunday at 6:05 p.m., the RedHawks will start lefty Rudy Owens (5-4, 5.16). The Sounds will throw RHP Taylor Jungmann (4-5, 5.66).