RedHawks notebook: Oklahoma City strikes early and cruises past Redbirds
RedHawks outfielder Fernando Martinez hits a three-run homer in the first inning to begin the rout. OKC and Memphis continue series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
REDHAWKS 12, REDBIRDS 3
Oklahoma City won its first game of the Pacific Coast League baseball season Friday night and evened the series with Memphis. The RedHawks jumped to a 5-0 lead after the second inning and broke the game open with a six-run seventh.
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The RedHawks won 12-3 despite only out-hitting Memphis, 12-11. Memphis committed three errors, while the RedHawks played error-free baseball.
AT THE PLATE
RedHawks left fielder Fernando Martinez cracked a three-run homer in the first inning. Center fielder Justin Ruggiano, hitting leadoff, was 3-of-4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Third baseman Brett Wallace was 2-of-4 with two RBIS, including a long double to the deepest part of the ballpark in left center.
Cardinals prospect Matt Adams hit his second homer in consecutive nights, going 2-of-4 with two RBIs. The Redbird first baseman also doubled off the center field wall, barely missing his second home run of the game by inches.
ON THE MOUND
Aneury Rodriguez, who was 1-6 with the Houston Astros last season, started and picked up the win for the RedHawks, going five innings and giving up three earned runs. Brian Broderick, who made 11 relief appearances for the Washington Nationals last season, started and took the loss for the Redbirds, allowing six earned runs in four innings pitched.