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August 30, 2008 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Oklahoma City Baseball Club News Release

Oklahoma RedHawks (74-67) at Memphis RedBirds (74-65)

Game 142 | August 30, 2008 | AutoZone Park | Memphis, TN

Radio: Fox Sports Radio AM 1340, RedHawks Radio Network | Play-by-Play: Jim Byers


RH Tommy Hunter (3-2, 3.20) vs. RH Jess Todd (1-0, 2.41)

Hunter: Pitched 6.0 shutout innings with 4 BB & 5 K in 8/25 ND @ ROU (5-4 OKL)

Todd: Allowed 2 R on 2 H over 6.0 IP with 5 BB & 4 K in 8/24 ND @ OMA (5-4 OMA in 10)

LAST GAME: Oklahoma lost 1-0 to Memphis at AutoZone Park Friday evening. Shane Robinson led off the fifth inning with a triple and scored the lone run of the contest on a sacrifice fly by Brendan Ryan. Derek Lee allowed the only run on six hits and a walk, while the RedHawks bullpen worked into and out of bases loaded situations twice late in the game. Oklahoma managed five hits in the loss, including two hits by Casey Benjamin. The Redbirds stranded 12 runners on base in the win.

NOTHING EXTRA: Oklahoma has not had an extra base hit in its last 24 innings, dating back to the two run second inning of Wednesday's win at Round Rock. Ryan Robert sand Chris Shelton each had doubles in the inning, and coupled with John Mayberry's first inning home run, helped the RedHawks to a 5-0 win. Oklahoma has only managed one run during the last 24 innings as well, dating back to that same inning.


Oklahoma has lost its last two games at AutoZone Park by 1-0 scores, and has lost by a 1-0 final three times this year compared to one win. The RedHawks also lost a 1-0 at Memphis in the final game of their series in May on an eighth inning Joe Mather home run. Oklahoma lost 1-0 to Iowa on May 23, while the RedHawks only win this year by a 1-0 final was over Nashville on August 12.


Derek Lee took the loss last night and dropped to 0-3 this season with Oklahoma in three starts. Over the 16 innings that the southpaw has pitched this season, the RedHawks offense has not provided any runs of support. Up until last night, Oklahoma had tallied its first runs in each game Lee had pitched this season in the innings immediately after he was taken out of the game and had never been the pitcher of record when those runs scored.


Both of today's starting pitchers were selected in the 2007 draft. Tommy Hunter was the 54th overall selection in the first round while, Jess Todd was selected in the second round with the 82nd pick.


Wes Littleton is expected to be activated from the Temporary Inactive list prior to tonight's game in Memphis. The RedHawks reliever was placed on the list Tuesday and spent the last few days with his wife as the awaited the birth of their first child. A corresponding roster move will need to be made to clear a space for Littleton.


The RedHawks clinched the American South division title on August 23. Oklahoma has been in or tied for first since April 7, and was the first club to clinch its division in the Pacific Coast League this season. This title is the fifth in RedHawks history (1999, 2002, 2004, & 2005) and the tenth in Oklahoma City Triple-A history (including seven in the PCL and three in the American Association).


The Redbirds have a chance to finish with their best season record since 2000, when the club went 83-61 during the regular season. One more win will give Memphis its second most in any season since joining the PCL in 1998.


RedHawk playoff tickets are on sale at the ballpark, by calling 405-218-1000, and on the internet at The new Oklahoma City RedHawks logo and color scheme will be unveiled September 15... Yukinaga Maeda has not allowed a run over his last ten innings, and has surrendered just one over his last 15... Ryan Roberts extended his hitting streak to seven games with a ninth inning single on Friday... Chris Shelton's 19 game on-base streak was snapped with an 0-4 performance last night.


Every game this season can be heard on the RedHawks Radio Network, led by broadcaster Jim Byers for the ninth season, and joined by Adam Marco during each homestand. Fox Sports Radio AM 1340 in Oklahoma City will serve as the flagship station in 2008. The network affiliates this season are KSIW 1450 AM in Woodward, KXCA 1380 AM in Lawton, KPNS 1350 AM in Duncan, KTJS 1420 AM in Hobart, KGFF 1450 AM in Shawnee, and KWSH 1260 AM in Wewoka. Each game will also be broadcast on the internet through the audio link at

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