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OKC RedHawks Game Notes

May 24, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Oklahoma City Baseball Club News Release

TONIGHT: The RedHawks open a 4-game series with the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners) in the middle portion of a 3-city trip. OKC held on to beat Portland 3-2 yesterday to take the final 3 games of a 4-game set. The 3-game road winning streak matches OKC's longest road streak of the year. The RedHawks lead the American South Division by 2 games over Albuquerque. The Rainiers are second, a half-game back of Salt Lake in the Pacific North. Lefthander Michael Ballard gets the start for the RedHawks. He has not faced Tacoma in his career. Lefty Chris Seddon goes for Tacoma. In 2008-09, Seddon faced previous OKC teams 3 times, 1-1, 5.74.

STROP'S STREAKS: OKC reliever Pedro Strop had a stretch of 24 consecutive retired batters snapped yesterday when Lance Zawadski drew a 2-out walk in the ninth inning. The streak began with the final out of a save May 8 in Iowa and continued through all or part of 5 outings. Dating to May 8, the last 3 batters to reach against Strop have received walks. The last hit he allowed came on May 4 at Omaha on a 2-out single by Marc Maddox. Strop has pitched 9 consecutive hitless and scoreless innings spanning his last 5 appearances.

BULLPEN CARRIES THE LOAD: In the past 8 games, OKC's bullpen has logged 31.2 innings, allowing 2 runs (0.57 ERA) on 16 hits while earning 2 wins. The collective relief corps strung together a 24.2-inning scoreless streak, which was snapped on Saturday, during that span. With relievers Geoff Geary and Omar Beltre forced into starts recently because of call-ups, and Tommy Hunter and Doug Mathis stretching out from injury or relief work, OKC's rotation has not completed 6 innings in a start in 8 straight games. The last start reaching 6 innings was a quality start by Geary on May 15 against Fresno, when he went exactly 6.

ERA NO. 1: OKC leads the PCL in team ERA at 3.23. Fresno has the second best ERA at 3.37. The RedHawks have allowed the fourth-fewest hits. They're tied for second in strikeouts with New Orleans (315), trailing only Sacramento' 339. OKC shares the league lead with 4 other teams in shutouts with 4.

KEEPING IT IN THE PARK: OKC pitching has allowed the fewest home runs in the league (21). The RedHawks have gone 9 full games, plus part of a 10th, without surrendering a homer. Sacramento's Chris Carter has the last opponent home run (off Michael Ballard) in the sixth inning May 13. OKC has pitched 84 consecutive homerless innings.

DRY UP: After not enduring a postponement or rain delay through the first 31 games of the season, the RedHawks have dealt with 2 postponements in the last 2 weeks and faced in-game rain or delays each day of the just-concluded series at Portland. The past 3 games involved rain-delayed starts. Yesterday featured delays prior to the first pitch (26 minutes) in the middle of the fifth inning (52 minutes) and after the fifth (2 hours, 14 minutes, with the RedHawks leading 3-1 at the time). Yesterday's actual playing time was 3 hours, 4 minutes, plus 3 hours, 32 minutes of delay.

ODDS AND ENDS: The RedHawks improved to 3-8 in series finales with yesterday's win...they're is 5-6 in series openers...OKC has won 5 series, lost 2 and split 4... they have not made an error in the last 3 games, all wins, and are 15-7 when errorless this season...Esteban German is tops in the league with 37 runs scored, 4 more than Colorado Springs' Matt Miller...German is third in the league with 17 stolen bases...Hernan Iribarren leads the PCL with 5 sacrifice flies.

SPANNING THE GLOBE: OKC's current 12-game trip to Portland, Tacoma and New Orleans is the first 3-city trip for the team since 2006, when it had two. The RedHawks' went 8-3 in a rain-shortened, 11-game jaunt to Omaha, Memphis and Nashville June 8-16, 2006 in their last marathon road swing. They also split a 12-gamer to Salt Lake, Colorado Springs and New Orleans in May, 2006.

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