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RedHawks edge Iowa Cubs 2-1

BY ED GODFREY Staff Writer egodfrey@opubco.com Published: August 27, 2011
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RedHawks 2, Iowa 1

Drew Locke belted a solo homer to left in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie as the RedHawks won their third straight over the Iowa Cubs on Saturday night at RedHawks Field in Bricktown.

Oklahoma City starter Lucas Harrell pitched eight innings and allowed only one unearned run. The right hander fanned seven Cub batters and lowered his ERA to 1.72 in nine appearances for the RedHawks.

The RedHawks are now 5-3 in the current nine-game stretch of facing the Cubs, with the finale between the two teams Sunday afternoon at RedHawks Field in Bricktown.

The RedHawks lead the season series against Iowa 9-6.

AT THE PLATE

RedHawks' shortstop Anderson Hernandez extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a third inning single. Hernandez's hit streak is now the longest of the season in the Pacific Coast League.

ON THE MOUND

Lucas Harrell recorded the longest start of the season by a RedHawk pitcher Saturday night by going eight innings. Oklahoma City starter Jordan Lyles' 7 2/3 innings earlier this year was the previous longest.

Harrell was claimed on waivers by the Astros from the White Sox on July 8. He was drafted in 2004 by the White Sox out of Ozark, Mo.

REHAB TRIP

Astros reliever Enerio Del Rosario has started a rehabilitation assignment with the RedHawks. He is recovering from a right shoulder strain.

UP NEXT

The RedHawks conclude their five-game homestand against the Cubs Sunday at RedHawks Field in Bricktown. Game time is 4:05 p.m.

Probable starters are Andy Van Hekken (7-6, 3.51 ERA) for Oklahoma City and Alberto Cabrera (3-4, 6.61 ERA)for Iowa.


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