RedHawks Game Notes: June 2, 2012June 2, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Oklahoma City RedHawks
Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros
Game #56 of 143/Home #28 of 71 (19-8)
Pitching Probables: IOW-RH Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 1.35) vs. OKC-RH Aneury Rodriguez (2-5, 6.15)
Saturday, June 2, 2012 | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Okla.| 7:05 p.m. CT
Radio: KGHM AM-1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio - Alex Freedman
UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS (ALL TIMES CENTRAL)
Sunday, June 3 vs. Iowa (CHC): OKC-LH Dallas Keuchel (5-4, 4.19) vs. IOW-LH Brooks Raley (1-1, 4.50) - 6:05 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Monday, June 4 vs. Iowa (CHC): OKC-RH Brian Bass (1-0, 0.00) vs. LH-Chris Rusin (4-4, 3.53) - 7:05 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Tuesday, June 5 vs. Iowa (CHC): OKC-LH Wes Musick (1-1, 4.08) vs. IOW-RH Frankie De La Cruz (1-1, 2.78) - 7:05 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Wednesday, June 6 - OFF
Thursday, June 7 vs. New Orleans (MIA): OKC-RH Paul Clemens (6-4, 6.00) vs. NEW-TBA - 7:05 p.m., KGHM-AM 1340, 1340thegame.com, IHeartRadio
Tonight's Game-- The RedHawks meet the Iowa Cubs for the first time in 2012 at 7:05 p.m. as they look to take their current home winning streak into double digits.
Last Night-- The RedHawks scored three runs with two outs in the first inning and Paul Clemens went seven strong innings to guide the team to a 5-3 win over the Nashville Sounds. The RedHawks pounced for three runs with two outs in the first. Brett Wallace drove home the game's first run, and Angel Sanchez delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded later in the frame to make it 3-0. Nashville's Andy Gonzalez led off the second inning with a moon shot off the LED board in left field to get the Sounds within two. The lead was back at three in the bottom of the inning when Brian Bixler responded with his first home run since April 18 to push the lead to 4-1. Trailing 5-1 in the ninth, Nashville scored twice and put the tying run at the plate with two outs before Adalberto Flores got Jason Jaramillo to ground out and end the game. After allowing season highs in runs and hits in his previous start, Clemens (6-4) bounced back with a strong seven-inning effort. He allowed one run and five hits, with one walk and five strikeouts to earn his fourth win in his last five starts. Nashville pitcher Wily Peralta's (1-7) recent struggles continued, picking up the loss after giving up five runs and six hits over 4.1 innings.
Tonight's Probable Pitchers-- Aneury Rodriguez seeks to turn his season around as he makes his 10th start...Rodriguez currently holds the highest WHIP in the PCL (1.96) and ninth-highest ERA (6.15)...He has struggled to be efficient, averaging about 20 pitches per inning and has lasted less than five innings in over half of his starts...Despite his relatively low amount of innings, Rodriguez leads the team with 44 strikeouts...Two appearances ago, Rodriguez earned his first win since April 6 after a long relief stint in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Colorado Springs on May 24...He spent all of last season with the Astros as a condition of being a Rule 5 pick in December, 2010...Rodrigo Lopez makes the start for the Cubs after a brief stay on the DL...In his last game on May 25, Lopez threw just one pitch before leaving the game with injury...The long time veteran has been having a good season in Iowa, allowing just three earned runs over 20 innings with opponents hitting .169...Lopez made four appearances for the Chicago Cubs in April, allowing six runs and eight hits over 6.1 IP...In addition to the Cubs, Lopez has spent time with the Padres, Orioles, Rockies, Diamondbacks, and Phillies, and coming into this season, he was 81-88 with a 4.82 ERA in 253 Major League games.
To The Nines-- Last night, the RedHawks won their ninth-straight game over the Sounds for their ninth-straight win at home, which put them a season-best nine games above .500. It's the second-longest home winning streak since the team moved to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in 1998. The RedHawks won their final 13 home games of 1999 as well as the first two of 2000.
Eight is (Finally Not) Enough-- For the first time in five tries this season, the RedHawks were able to get to nine games above .500.
Seven Up-- Last night marked the first time in 17 games a RedHawks starting pitcher went at least seven innings or even lasted past six innings.
Now That's Quality-- In each of the last three nights the RedHawks have received a quality start (plus the night prior was five scoreless innings before the game was completed early). In seven of their last 10 home games the starting pitcher has turned in a quality start.
Living in the Zone-- Paul Clemens' seventh-inning walk to Andy Gonzalez last night ended a streak of 22 straight innings without a free pass by the RedHawks pitching staff. They walked two batters the entire Nashville series and have allowed the least amount of walks this season in the PCL (144).
Keeping it in the Park-- Andy Gonzalez's homer last night was the first one the RedHawks pitching staff had allowed in six home games, spanning 49 consecutive innings. They've allowed just three homers in their last 11 games at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Mashing in May-- The RedHawks hit 43 dingers in 29 games in May. The only team in all of the Minors who hit more homers in the month were the High Desert Mavericks, who left the yard 50 times. Four teams in the PCL (CSP, MEM, NAS, REN) had 43 homers or less for the season at the end of May.
"RedHawks North"/"Cubs South"-- The current Iowa Cubs roster features three players who suited up for the RedHawks earlier this season or last season: Brian Esposito, Diory Hernandez, and Ryan Rowland-Smith. In addition, Brad Snyder spent parts of the last three seasons with the I-Cubs and Scott Moore joined him last year.
Against the Cubs-- The RedHawks had a lot of success against Iowa last season, going 10-6 despite being outscored by six runs...These teams played eight one-run games, with the RedHawks winning seven of them...The RedHawks also defended their home turf, winning seven of eight...Brett Wallace hit .375 with one home run and nine RBIs in nine contests...It's a good thing Scott Moore plays for the RedHawks now since he hit .405 against the OKC pitching staff last season...These teams next meet June 27-29 in Des Moines.
Pacific Coast League Stories from June 2, 2012
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- Omaha Shuts out Memphis, 3-0, on Saturday - Omaha Storm Chasers
- Colorado Springs wins over Tucson - Tucson Padres
- Sounds Blank Zephyrs 8-0 - New Orleans Zephyrs
- Round Rock Express Edge Isotopes 3-2 - Round Rock Express
- Sounds End Losing Streak with 8-0 Shutout of Z's - Nashville Sounds
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