Oklahoma City RedHawks Game Notes May 23, 2010
TODAY: The Oklahoma City RedHawks look to extend a modest 2-game winning streak in the fourth and final game of this series with the Portland Beavers (San Diego Padres). The RedHawks took last night's game 7-1 while out-hitting the Beavers 12-5. OKC maintains a 1-game lead over Albuquerque in the American South Division. The RedHawks have had sole possession of first since a win on April 16 and have not entered a game outside first place since April 14. Lefty Michael Kirkman, 10th in the PCL with a 2.68 ERA, gets the start for OKC. Right-handed rehabber Sean Gallagher goes for Portland in his third start of this rehab stint.
STROP REACHES 22 STRAIGHT RETIRED: OKC reliever Pedro Strop has retired 22 consecutive batters. The streak began with the final out of a save May 8 in Iowa, when he induced a pop out by Darwin Barney. It continued with 3 perfect innings on May 13 against Sacramento, survived a 1-day callup to Texas during which he wasn't used with 2 perfect innings May 17 against Fresno and was extended to 22 batters set down with 2 perfect innings last night. The last batter to reach against Strop was Sam Fuld, who drew a walk May 8 immediately before Barney's popup. Strop has tossed 8 consecutive hitless innings including the May 8 appearance. The last hit he allowed came on May 4 at Omaha, on a 2-out single by Marc Maddox.
BULLPEN SCORELESS STREAK ENDS: A run against Tanner Scheppers in last night's seventh inning ended the bullpen's collective scoreless streak at 24.2 innings spanning all or part of 7 games. All 8 relievers on the active roster contributed to the streak. In the past 7 games, OKC's bullpen worked 27.2 innings, allowing 1 run (0.33 ERA) on 15 hits while earning 2 decisions (wins in the last 2). With relievers Geoff Geary and Omar Beltre forced into the rotation 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 7 straight. The last start reaching 6 innings was a quality start by Geary on May 15 against Fresno when he went exactly 6.
ERA STILL BEST: OKC leads the PCL in team ERA at 3.26. Iowa has the second best ERA at 3.37. The RedHawks have allowed the fifth-fewest hits and runs. They're second in strikeouts with 308, trailing only Sacramento' 334. 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 8 full games, plus part of a ninth, 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 75 consecutive homerless innings.
HOMER HAPPY: After going 8 games and 76 consecutive innings without hitting a home run, the RedHawks have belted a pair of homers in each of the last 2 games. All have been multiple-run shots, with Ryan Garko (grand slam) and Kevin Richardson (3-run) going deep on Friday and Hernan Iribarren and Jarrod Saltalamacchia offering 2-run blasts last night. The RedHawks are third in the league with 37 homers. They are 16-7 when homering in a game and 7-12 when held homerless.
ODDS AND ENDS: The RedHawks are 2-8 in series finales...they have not made an error in the last 2 games, both wins, and are 14-7 when errorless this season...Esteban German is tops in the league with 37 runs scored, 5 more than Colorado Springs' Matt Miller...German is third in the league with 16 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 May, 2006.
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