RedHawks 5, Nashville 1
Oklahoma City (5-1) won its fifth consecutive game and second straight over Nashville (1-5).
Before 9,246 fans at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Tuesday night, the RedHawks continued their splendid pitching to start the Pacific Coast League season as four Oklahoma City pitchers combined for a five-hitter and no earned runs. Through six games, the RedHawks' combined team ERA is 2.32.
ON THE MOUND
RedHawks starter Paul Clemens (1-1) had his second quality start and collected his first win of the season. He pitched five innings against Nashville, fanning five batters, allowing five hits and just one unearned run.
Clemens, the No. 5 prospect in the Astros organization, outdueled Nashville starter Wily Peralta (0-1), who is considered the top minor league prospect of the Milwaukee Brewers. Peralta struck out six RedHawks and allowed just two hits and two runs in five innings worked but took the loss.
AT THE PLATE
For the second straight night, the RedHawks won with only five base hits. Shortstop Jed Lowrie had two RBIs, pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano belted a two-run double off the right-center field wall in a three-run seventh inning. Outfielder Fernando Martinez lined an RBI double in the seventh to score Ruggiano for his team-leading seventh RBI.
NEW GUYS DELIVER
Lowrie, who arrived in Oklahoma City on Tuesday on a rehab assignment, delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to center in the fifth inning that gave the RedHawks a 2-1 lead.
Lowrie, who was traded to Houston from the Boston Red Sox in the offseason for pitcher Mark Melancon, is scheduled to make one more rehab start in Oklahoma City before joining the Astros on Friday.
Lowrie started the season on the disabled list with a sprained thumb and was replaced in the sixth inning Monday night.
Also joining the RedHawks on Tuesday was relief pitcher Fernando Abad, who was optioned to Oklahoma City by the Astros following the addition of Justin Maxwell to the big league club. Abad pitched one inning of scoreless relief and didn't allow a hit.
The RedHawks play the third game of a four-game series against Nashville on Wednesday night at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Scheduled starters are Aneury Rodriguez (1-0, 5.40) for Oklahoma City and Mike Fiers (0-0, 1.50) for the Sounds. Game time is 7:05.