After taking an early lead, the RedHawks ultimately ended their seven-game homestand on a sour note with a 10-8 loss.
The New Orleans Zephyrs scored runs in the first five innings to take a 9-7 lead before holding off Oklahoma City on Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Zephyrs took 3 of 4 from the RedHawks, who finished 3-4 on the homestand.
From the beginning Thursday, things looked to be heading south for starter Asher Wojciechowski.
He allowed a two-out home run to Jordany Valdespin in the first inning and then allowed three more runs in the second.
The RedHawks’ offense did what it could to remain in the game by taking a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the second on a three-run triple by Ronny Torreyes and RBI single by Marc Krauss, chasing New Orleans starter Elih Villanueva.
But Kyle Skipworth immediately put the Zephyrs (47-47) back on top for good with a three-run homer in the third.
Wojciechowski (0-2) lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed eight runs — five earned — on 11 hits and two walks. Reliever Patrick Urckfitz settled things down, throwing 4 1/3 innings and allowing one run.
TORREYES REMAINS HOTS
Torreyes finished 4 for 5 at the plate with three RBIs, a stolen base and two runs scored.
It continued a tear at the plate one day after going 3 for 3. He finished the series 7 for 11 with four runs and four RBIs.
Krauss also finished with three RBIs for Oklahoma City.
DORAN DEALT TO WHITE SOX
For the second time this week, the Houston Astros traded a RedHawks reliever.
Bobby Doran was traded to the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later, who later turned out to be Jeffy Santos according to multiple media reports.
Doran was 2-4 with a 5.36 ERA in 21 appearances, including nine starts. Houston promoted left-hander Tommy Shirley from Double-A Corpus Christi to replace Doran on the roster.
Houston also traded Andrew Robinson to the Atlanta Braves earlier this week.
The RedHawks (48-47) head to Iowa for their final road trip before the All-Star break, playing four games in three days.
Right-hander Paul Clemens (4-0, 1.74 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday against the Cubs’ Chris Rusin (6-10, 3.96).
The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday, with left-hander Rudy Owens (4-4, 5.47) scheduled to take the mound for Oklahoma City against newly acquired Dan Straily (4-4, 4.37). Starters have not been named for the second game.
The RedHawks are off Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week before opening an eight-game homestand against Nashville and Round Rock next Thursday.
The game lasted 3 hours and 38 minutes, which sets the mark for the longest nine-inning game this season for the RedHawks. … Austin Wates stole his 23rd base of the season in the fourth inning, tying him for second in the Pacific Coast League. … Preston Tucker went 1 for 5 with an RBI and has raised his average from .178 on June 26 to .267. … New Orleans’ Arquimedes Caminero pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his second straight save in the series.