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.
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.
The Oklahoma City bullpen — Adalberto Flores, Jose Valdez and Sergio Perez — pitched four innings of scoreless relief.
The RedHawks and Memphis will play the third game of the series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Tulsa Bishop Kelley product Dallas Keuchel will start for Oklahoma City, and Joe Kelly will be the Redbirds' starter.
Sunday's 2 p.m. finale of the four game set will feature two of the top young pitchers in each organization. Shelby Miller is scheduled to start for the Redbirds. Jordan Lyles will take the mound for Oklahoma City.
Miller is rated by Baseball America as the Cardinals' top prospect heading into the 2012 season. Baseball America rated Lyles as the Astros' top prospect last season. Lyles no longer qualifies as a prospect because he isn't considered a rookie since he pitched 94 innings for Houston last season.