RedHawks 2, Iowa 1
The RedHawks won their fourth straight over the Cubs and finished 6-3 in the nine-game series against Iowa.
Brett Wallace hit a solo home run in the first inning, his first since joining Oklahoma City on July 31, and the RedHawks scored their only other run in the second when pitcher Andy Van Hekken grounded into a double play.
Five RedHawks' pitchers combined to hold Iowa to eight hits and one earned run.
HOT, HOT, HOT
Game time temperature for the 4:05 p.m. start Sunday afternoon at RedHawks Field in Bricktown was 106 degrees. The only game hotter this season was 107 degrees on July 9 at home vs. Omaha.
SO LONG, FINALLY
The RedHawks won the season series against Iowa, 10-6, going 7-1 against the Cubs at RedHawks Field in Bricktown. Oklahoma City and Iowa played nine consecutive games starting Aug. 20.
“Nine days is tough,” RedHawks' manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “To win six out of nine the way we did, you got to give (our) guys credit. After awhile they start knowing your strengths and weaknesses.”
The hits keep coming from Anderson Hernandez's bat. The RedHawks shortstop extended his hitting streaks to 26 consecutive games Sunday with a third-inning single to center.
“That's amazing,” DeFrancesco said. “He's got a nice and easy, real relaxed kind of attitude. He goes out there and doesn't seem to be under any pressure.
“Once you get up over 25, it seems like every bat is life or death, but he is a veteran. He has been around the league awhile, and hopefully he can finish this whole string out.”
After completing the nine game home-and-home series against Iowa on Sunday, the RedHawks now begin an eight game home- and-home stretch against New Orleans.
Oklahoma City starts a four-game series in New Orleans on Monday night then returns home Friday night to begin a four-game homestand against the Zephyrs to finish the season.
Oklahoma City can finish the season at .500 by sweeping the Zephyrs and avoid a last-place finish in the standings. The RedHawks were 16 games under .500 at one point this season.