The RedHawks lost 5-1 to Omaha on Tuesday afternoon, dropping the game and a four-game series in Bricktown to the first-place Storm Chasers.
Leadoff hitter Anthony Seratelli ripped the third pitch of the game for a triple, scoring one batter later on a sac fly, and for the third straight game, Omaha had an early lead it did not relinquish. Seratelli has hurt the RedHawks this season, hitting five of his 14 home runs off OKC pitchers.
IT WAS OVER WHEN …
Jose Valdez was summoned from the RedHawks' bullpen. Trying to hold Oklahoma City's deficit at 2-0, Valdez entered in the eighth, immediately inducing a groundout to start the inning. After that, he imploded, giving up five straight hits, with Omaha rockets flying all over the park. By the time Valdez was removed, OKC was stuck in a five-run hole.
The Omaha pitchers were brilliant, and the RedHawk hitters were nonexistent. On Tuesday, Omaha starter Will Smith shut out OKC for 7 2/3 innings and did not allow a RedHawk runner to reach third base until the eighth.
OKC STAR OF THE GAME: BRETT WALLACE
With everyone around him struggling, Wallace has heated up over the past two games. Combined, he was 5-7 with two RBIs, smoking two near-home runs high off the wall and exhibiting power that could send him back to Houston soon.
STAT OF THE GAME
3 — Consecutive losses for Oklahoma City at home this week. That's the first time all season the RedHawks have lost three straight in Bricktown, dropping their home record to 26-13.
Minutes after Tuesday afternoon's game was over, the RedHawks were packing for a quick road trip up to Iowa. Game 1 of a three-game series with the Iowa Cubs is at 7 Wednesday night. The RedHawks (44-34) have beaten Iowa (33-46) all four times they played this year.