It took longer than any game all season, but the Oklahoma City RedHawks won 6-5 over the Las Vegas 51s on a walk-off home run by shortstop Gregorio Petit with two outs in the 12th inning late Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Petit hit the first pitch he saw from Zack Thornton into the RedHawks bullpen in left field, setting off a celebration at home plate to end the 4-hour, 16-minute marathon.
It was officially the longest game of the season for the RedHawks.
Oklahoma City (37-32) had the bases loaded in the 10th inning with one out, but Ronny Torreyes hit into an inning-ending double play to end the threat. Torreyes had homered earlier in the game, a go-ahead solo shot in the fifth inning.
Las Vegas (39-29) also had the go-ahead run on second in the 12th inning before Jorge De Leon worked out of the jam to earn the victory.
OBERHOLTZER’S RESULTS MIXED
Oklahoma City starter Brett Oberholtzer’s bid to recover from a poor start in Omaha had mixed results.
He tied a season high with nine strikeouts over six innings of work, but still allowed two home runs.
Oberholtzer has now allowed seven homers in 22 innings for Oklahoma City after allowing five in 51 innings for the Astros this season.
VEGAS’ FAMILIAR NAMES
Las Vegas, the affiliate of the New York Mets, features a few recognizable names on the active roster, and two of them produced Friday.
Top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud homered in the first inning and singled in the 12th, finishing the night 2 for 6. He is famous for being traded twice for Cy Young Award winners. He was traded in 2009 by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the deal for Roy Halladay.
D’Arnaud was then dealt to the Mets in 2012 as the centerpiece of the deal for former RedHawk R.A. Dickey.
Also, 51s center fielder Cory Vaughn homered. Vaugh is the son of former MLB outfielder Greg Vaughn.
Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is on the seven-day disabled list.
The RedHawks return Saturday night at 7:05 in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark with right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (5-3, 3.32 ERA) on the mound.
The 51s will counter with right-hander Rafael Montero (4-2, 3.78).
The Astros promoted reliever Josh Zeid to the majors following Thursday’s game and optioned left-hander Rudy Owens to the RedHawks. … The RedHawks are now 3-2 in extra innings. … Since homering for the fifth time in four games Thursday, RedHawks third baseman Matt Duffy is 0 for 8 with a walk.