RedHawks at Isotopes Tonight
TONIGHT: The Oklahoma City RedHawks open a 4-game series at Albuquerque trailing the Isotopes by a game and a half in the American South Division. It's the final series of the season between these teams. The season series is 6-6. The last times the teams met, June 6-9, OKC took the final 3 games in Albuquerque. Righthander Bryan Corey will make a spot start for the RedHawks. Corey made a similar spot start June 8 against the Isotopes, earning no decision in a 5-4 OKC win. Righthander Charlie Haeger, Albuquerque's starter, is 3-0 with a 3.05 ERA in 3 starts vs. OKC this season.
ENTERING THE SERIES ON AN UPTICK: The RedHawks enter tonight's game having won 2 in a row, 7 out of 8 and 9 of 12 since the All-Star break. OKC just won 3 out of 4 from American North Division-leading Nashville, including the last 2. OKC out-scored the Sounds 31-18 during the series and out-hit them 50-35. Joaquin Arias hit a go-ahead homer in the fifth inning last night to give OKC the lead for good in a 6-4 win. Arias hit both of OKC's homers in the series. Kris Benson (2-1) won his second straight start and Warner Madrigal earned his 12th save.
ON A TREADMILL: Despite reaching a season-best 5 games over .500 after last night's win, the RedHawks have stayed 1.5 games back of Albuquerque after each of the last 7 games and have dropped 1 game in the standings this month. OKC has had sole possession of second place every day in July. The RedHawks are 15-9 this month, tying for the second most wins in the league behind Albuquerque's 16-7 July mark.
CLOSE GAMES, PART 1: OKC leads the league in one-run wins with a 20-11 record. OKC also has a league-best 12 wins (12-3) in games tied after 8 innings. The RedHawks' extra-inning record is 11-3. They have the second-most extra-inning wins in the PCL behind Sacramento's 13-3 mark.
CLOSE GAMES, PART 2: OKC is 28-17 in games decided by 2 runs or fewer, while Albuquerque is 21-22 in such games. On the other hand, the Isotopes are 34-25 in high-scoring games containing a margin of victory of 3 runs or more, while OKC is 25-31 in that category.
ARIAS ON A POWER SURGE: Joaquin Arias became the second RedHawk this season to homer in consecutive games when he went deep in each of the last 2 against Nashville. Arias is second on the club with 5 home runs, trailing Kevin Richardson's 10. Richardson was the other RedHawk to homer in back-to-back games, July 2-3 at Iowa. Arias has homered in 3 of his last 5 games, including a grand slam in New Orleans July 21, totaling 9 RBIs in that span.
TEAM HOMER UPDATE: In the season series, Albuquerque has out-homered OKC 13-1. Mitch Jones has 6 of the Isotopes' homers against the RedHawks, including one each game played so far at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque is tied for third in the PCL with 99 homers, while the RedHawks have the fewest at 49. OKC pitching has allowed the fewest home runs in the league, 64
DAVIS AT 6: Chris Davis has hit safely in 6 straight and has RBIs in 6 straight games (9 RBIs in that span). In 18 games with the RedHawks, Davis has 9 multi-hit and 7 multiple-RBI games. He's failed to hit safely only 3 times. The RedHawks are 12-6 since he joined the team July 6.
GERMAN AMONG LEADERS: Esteban German went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs yesterday, boosting his batting average to .329. German is fifth in the race for the batting title, second in the PCL in on-base percentage at .428 and third in walks with 59. He leads the RedHawks with 57 RBIs and 32 stolen bases.
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