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Omaha downs OKC RedHawks 5-1

BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com Published: June 26, 2012
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photo - OKLAHOMA CITY REDHAWKS / MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Oklahoma City's Jordan Kreke (29) gets the out on Omaha's Max Ramirez (44) during the RedHawks' game against Omaha at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. Tuesday, June 26, 2012.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA CITY REDHAWKS / MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Oklahoma City's Jordan Kreke (29) gets the out on Omaha's Max Ramirez (44) during the RedHawks' game against Omaha at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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.

TURNING POINT

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.

SERIES STORYLINE

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.

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