REDHAWKS 8, MEMPHIS 7
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Houston Astros era of the Oklahoma City RedHawks got off to a quick start Thursday night at AutoZone Park.
The first four RedHawks batters reached base, and the RedHawks quickly built a 5-1 lead before holding on late for the win.
Jordan Lyles, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the Astros' system, went four innings, giving up three runs and seven hits while walking two.
Brian Bogusevic was 3 for 4 with a solo home run in the sixth inning. He was one of five RedHawks with multiple hits.
Every starter other than leadoff hitter J.B. Shuck, including Lyles, had at least one hit.
Memphis made it interesting, scoring three in the eighth inning and one in the ninth inning before Jose Valdez got Matt Carpenter to ground out to end the game with the tying run on first.
KOZMA DEBUTS AT TRIPLE-A
Across the field, the game was the Triple-A debut of Owasso graduate Pete Kozma.
Kozma was 1 for 3 with a sacrifice fly.
Kozma was the Cardinals' first-round pick in 2007.
LIMITED SEATS REMAIN FOR OPENING NIGHT
A limited number of seats remain for the RedHawks' home opener April 15 against Albuquerque at RedHawks Field at Bricktown, the team announced.
The only tickets remaining for that game, which starts at 7:05 p.m., are outfield lawn seats and limited single seats elsewhere in the stadium.
The game will feature postgame fireworks.
Capacity at the park has been reduced by more than 4,000 as the upper deck on the right field side has been covered by a tarp. With the change, capacity at the park is around 8,900.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the RedHawks at 218-1000 or at OKCRedHawks.com.
SATURDAY GAME MOVED UP
The second home game of the season, on Saturday, April 16, vs. Albuquerque has been moved up to a 1 p.m. start.
At 7:05 that night, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will play the first of two Bedlam games at the park.
The Sooners and Cowboys will also play at 4:05 p.m. Sunday as the RedHawks get an off day in the middle of their series against the Isotopes.
RedHawks (RH Sergio Perez, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Memphis (RH Brandon Dickson, 0-0, 0.00 ERA), 7:05 tonight
OLD PALS LOSE
The RedHawks' previous big league affiliate, the Texas Rangers, moved their top farm to Round Rock during the offseason. On Thursday night, Round Rock lost its opener 12-9 at Iowa. Esteban German and Chris Davis, who played for Oklahoma City last season, had two hits each. Davis hit his first home run. Former RedHawks pitcher Michael Kirkman started for Round Rock. He gave up 10 runs and 10 hits in 31/3 innings.