Oklahoma RedHawks game notes
June 30 - Oklahoma RedHawks (40-40) vs. Iowa Cubs (37-43)
SBC Bricktown Ballpark - 7:05 p.m. - Radio: SuperTalk 930 WKY, OklahomaRedHawks.com, SportsJuice.com
Headlines: McDougall returns; RedHawks break losing streak; Gonzalez heats up
TODAY'S OPPONENT: The Iowa Cubs are the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. They have been a member of the Pacific Coast League since 1998. Last year, Iowa went 79-64 and finished first in the PCL Central. They beat the RedHawks in five games in the opening round of the playoffs and were swept by Sacramento in the PCL Championship series.
TODAY'S GAME: The RedHawks begin a four-game series with Iowa . This is Iowa 's first trip to Oklahoma since sweeping the RedHawks June 10-13, 2004 . The RedHawks are 7-13 in the first game of a series and 1-3 after an off day. They are 4-7 on Thursdays. Larry Whitlock will sing the national anthem. Tonight is Thirsty Thursday. Coors Light and Miller Lite is $1.
STANDINGS: The RedHawks are in second place, three games behind Albuquerque .
LAST GAME: The RedHawks broke their 13-game losing streak thanks to a strong outing from starting pitcher Ryan Snare and a grand slam by Marshall McDougall. The RedHawks scored five runs in the eighth inning to win 7-2. Snare went seven innings and gave up two runs on four hits. Chad Allen and Adrian Gonzalez both went two-for-three with an RBI.
VS. IOWA: The RedHawks have already finished their season series at Iowa . The Cubs will now play eight games in Oklahoma City over the next 26 days. Oklahoma swept the first series at Iowa and then were swept by the Cubs in their return visit. Marshall McDougall is 6-for-16 [.375] with a home run and six RBIs in four games against Iowa.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Oklahoma's Derek Lee makes his second start for the RedHawks and his first at SBC Bricktown Ballpark. Lee opposed Kerry Wood June 24 in Iowa and pitched seven innings, leaving with a 1-0 lead. Iowa scored two runs in the eighth to win 2-1. John Koronka makes his second start against the RedHawks. He went seven innings, giving up two runs on two hits June 23.
STREAKERS: During the losing streak, the RedHawks batted .259 [114-for-440] with a 7.81 ERA [98ER, 113IP]. Their opponents batted .345 [168-for-487] with a 4.23 ERA [55ER, 117IP]. The RedHawks were out-scored 110-59 during the losing streak. The RedHawks left 91 men on base, 46 in scoring position and were 28-for-104 [.269] with men in scoring position during the streak.
IAN KINSLER: Second baseman Ian Kinsler batted in the No. 3 spot in the order for the first time Tuesday. In his previous 32 games, all from the No. 2 spot in the lineup, he was 43-for-132 [.326] at the plate with seven doubles, a triple, six home runs [70 total bases], 27 RBIs, 11 walks and 17 strikeouts. In his first 39 games, he batted .226 with nine doubles, eight home runs [68 total bases], 28RBIs, 11 walks and 32 strikeouts.
ADRIAN GONZALEZ: First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 7-for-13 with a double and an RBI in four games since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for 12 games.
MARSHALL MCDOUGALL: Third baseman Marshall McDougall returned to the Oklahoma lineup Tuesday for the first time since June 5. He hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to make the score 7-2, RedHawks. He was called up June 7 by Texas and went two-for-five at the plate in five games. The RedHawks were 5-16 without McDougall.
OFF DAYS: The RedHawks are 1-3 after off days and 1-0 at home. They are hitting .270 [38-for-141] with a 6.09 ERA [23ER, 34IP] after an off day. Their lone win after a day off was May 19 when they beat Salt Lake 10-8.
DOT-DOT-DOTS: RedHawks Esteban German, Ian Kinsler, and Gerald Laird have been selected to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team and will play in the Triple-A All-Star Game July 13 in Sacramento , Calif. ... Manager Bobby Jones was named a coach for the World team for the XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game July 10 in Detroit. He will also be the Pacific Coast League hitting coach for the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Thu, June 30 vs. Iowa
LH Derek Lee (0-0, 0.00) vs. LH John Koronka (4-6, 4.98)
Fri, July 1 vs. Iowa
RH R.A. Dickey (0-3, 6.51) vs. LH Raul Valdez (5-2, 3.91)
Sat, July 2 vs.Iowa
RH John Hudgins (2-4, 4.62) vs. RH Todd Wellemeyer (0-1, 4.30)
Sun, July 3 vs. Iowa
RH Josh Rupe (1-2, 9.11) vs. LH Rich Hill (1-1, 4.34)
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