RedHawks notebook: Rally falls short as Hawks lose opener to Memphis before 9,021 fans
Oklahoma City loads bases with no out in bottom of ninth inning, but Memphis reliever Eduardo Sanchez escapes jam.
REDBIRDS 4, REDHAWKS 3
Before a big opening night crowd of 9,021, Oklahoma City rallied with two runs in the ninth on a 2-RBI double by shortstop Angel Sanchez but couldn't score with the bases loaded and no outs.
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Clinging to a 4-3 lead, Memphis reliever Eduardo Sanchez fanned first baseman Mike Hessman and then induced third baseman Brett Wallace to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game. The RedHawks hit into three double plays in the game. Wallace stranded a team-high 10 runners.
CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR
Before Hessman struck out in the ninth, he just missed winning the game with a line drive down the left field line that barely landed foul. He gave the RedHawks a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the second inning.
AT THE PLATE
Hessman had two hits in the game while Oklahoma City outfielder Fernando Martinez went 3-for-4, including a double. Memphis second baseman Pete Kozma, an Owasso High School product, went 3-for-4 for the Redbirds with two runs scored and an RBI.
ON THE MOUND
Right-hander Paul Clemens took the loss for the RedHawks but only allowed two earned runs in six innings pitched. Right-hander Brandon Dickson picked up the win for Memphis, allowing just one run in 5-1/3 innings.
The RedHawks play Memphis in the second game of the four-game series Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Probable starters are right-hander Aneury Rodriguez for the RedHawks and right-hander Brian Broderick for the Redbirds.
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