Preston Tucker drove in two more runs to help lead the RedHawks to a 6-3 win over the Albuquerque on Sunday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Running his season total to 92 RBIs, more than any hitter in the Houston Astros organization, Tucker supplied an RBI single in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Matt Duffy was the catalyst, going 3-for-3. Duffy scored three runs. Domingo Santana reached safely in all four at bats. Catcher Carlos Perez stroked a two-run single in a three-run second, and L.J. Hoes slammed a solo homer in the fourth.
Richard Rodriquez, who bailed out starter Luis Cruz out of a fifth-inning jam, picked up the win. Jason Stoffel retired all seven hitters he faced to record his 11th save.
OKC STILL IN THE HUNT
With Sunday’s win the RedHawks moved to within 11/2 games of division-leading Omaha, pending the Storm Chasers late game at Reno.
The RedHawks have seven games remaining on the schedule, Omaha nine, including Sunday’s late game. Omaha had a game rained out earlier this season that will not be rescheduled assuring the race won’t end in a tie.
CRUZ HAS ROUGH 5TH INNING
Cruz, who was promoted from Double-A earlier this month, was throwing his best game in four starts with the RedHawks before he ran into trouble in the fifth, preventing him from going the necessary five innings to qualify for the win.
Cruz, who was 7-6 with a 3.14 ERA at Corpus Christi, tossed four shutout innings, including striking out five of the first seven hitters he faced. In the fifth, Trayvon Robinson’s two-run triple on a misplayed ball in right field was the key hit.
Albuquerque reliever Red Patterson pitched 22/3 innings for the Isotopes. Patterson, who pitched at Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford, made his Major League debut earlier this season with the Dodgers.
Joe Sclafani was hit by a pitch in the first inning to extend his streak to 39 consecutive games he’s reached base safely...The streak is the longest in the PCL this season... The RedHawks’ four triples in Saturday’s win over El Paso was the first time all season a PCL team has collected more than three in a game... The RedHawks lead all of minor league baseball with a .318 team batting average in August.
In the second game of a four-game series, the RedHawks final home series of the regular season, OKC will start Asher Wojciechowski (3-4, 5.09 ERA). The Isotopes will counter with right-hander Matt Magill (7-5, 4.98). The RedHawks close out the regular season with a four-game road trip to Iowa.
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