SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Oklahoma City RedHawks continued their push toward the Pacific Coast League baseball playoffs Sunday night.
Jesus Guzman had three hits and three RBIs to lead Oklahoma City to a 7-2 rout of Sacramento before 8,457 fans at Raley Field. The RedHawks improved to 67-63 but remained two games shy of Omaha in the American Conference’s Northern Division. Oklahoma City is tied with Iowa for second place in what is turning out to be an excellent division championship race.
Oklahoma City, which opened the series in Sacramento (72-57) late Saturday night with an identical 7-2 victory, put away Sunday’s game with a five-run fourth inning. Three runs scored on Ruben Sosa’s one-out triple. Guzman and Joe Sclafani added RBI hits to give Oklahoma City a 7-1 lead.
Guzman has six hits in eight at bats since being sent to Oklahoma City on an injury rehabilitation assignment by the parent Houston Astros.
RedHawks pitching was solid. Starter Rudy Owens went eight innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. Guzman struck out three, before David Martinez and Anthony Bass pitched the ninth. Bass picked up his first save since being sent to OKC by the Astros.
The series continues at 9:05 p.m. Monday.
for Oklahoma City, which opened the series late Saturday night with a 7-2 victory over the River Cats.