RedHawks win 17th straight home game

by Michael Baldwin Published: August 20, 2013
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The RedHawks 17th consecutive home win was the most dramatic.

Down to their final strike, down a run, the RedHawks rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to escape with a 6-5 win over Albuquerque Tuesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Jose Martinez's RBI double into the left-field corner tied the game. Center fielder George Springer followed with a walk-off, game-winning RBI single.

“You just go out and play. You have to believe,” Springer said. “Crazy stuff can happen.”

The RedHawks haven't lost at home since July 14th, the final game before the All-Star break.

During the streak, Oklahoma City has outscored opponents 107-51, batted .303 overall and .335 with runners in scoring position. The pitching staff has posted a 2.76 ERA during the streak.

“It's been incredible watching these guys, how they've come together, especially at home,” said manager Tony DeFrancesco. “I think the guys are tasting what will happen here at the end (of the season).”

Martinez's two-run single gave OKC a 4-3 lead in the fifth, but Albuquerque went up 5-4 on back-to-back, two-out RBI singles in the seventh from Brian Barden and Matt Angle.

In the ninth, RedHawks catcher Carlos Perez drew a leadoff walk off Isotopes closer Javy Guerra. Ruben Sosa sacrificed Perez to second, but Guerra struck out Trevor Crowe for the second out.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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