RedHawks vs. Zephyrs - Game Notes - June 19, 2013
Today's Game: The RedHawks and Zephyrs meet for the second time in their four-game series at 7 p.m. at Zephyr Field. Oklahoma City has won four straight games against New Orleans.
Last Game: RedHawks starting pitcher Brad Peacock threw 6.1 scoreless innings and Oklahoma City used a three-run rally in the seventh inning in a 3-1 win over the Zephyrs last night. Peacock (2-2) scattered six singles in what was his longest start of the season. He struck out five, walked just one and held the Zephyrs to 0-for-11 with runners on base. The RedHawks were able to score the game's first runs in the seventh. Carlos Perez laid down a sac but and New Orleans catcher Kyle Skipworth's throw to first base went into right field, allowing Brandon Laird to score and put runners at second and third with none out. Che-Hsuan Lin stepped up next and delivered an RBI single and the final run of the inning scored on a double play to make it 3-0. The Zephyrs scored once in the ninth and had the tying runs in scoring position, but Josh Zeid struck out Skipworth to end the game and earn his fourth save.
Today's Probable Pitcher: Philip Humber seeks his first win of the season as he makes his fourth start and eighth appearance with the RedHawks...He last made an appearance Sunday against Round Rock, allowing one earned run and one hit in 1/3 of an inning...He previous start was June 10 against Iowa, allowing six runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. He allowed three runs in each the second and fifth innings and gave up two home runs to Brad Nelson...In six of his seven appearances, Humber has allowed two earned runs or less and allowed four or fewer hits in five outings...While originally coming up in the Mets system, Humber played for New Orleans in 2007. He went 11-9 with a 4.27 ERA over 25 starts that season, leading the team in wins, innings, starts, and strikeouts.
Against the Zephyrs: 2013: 4-1 2012: 8-8 All-time: 125-113 In NEW: 56-63
The RedHawks won the first series between the teams by taking three of four in Oklahoma City, April 25-28. New Orleans won the series opener in 15 innings before the RedHawks won the final three straight. The 4-four, 54-minute game between the teams April 25 is the longest of the season for the RedHawks. OKC scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings...OKC hit .306 against the Zephyrs in their previous series, led by eight hits and six RBI from Jonathan Villar. OKC pitching held New Orleans to .222 hitting in the series...The RedHawks last played in New Orleans July 4-8, 2012, winning the series, 3-2...The Zephyrs homered 27 times against Oklahoma City last season, marking the most home runs given up by the RedHawks to a PCL team in 2012.
Farewell to Fernando: Yesterday the Astros traded RedHawks outfielder Fernando Martinez to the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league pitcher Charles Basford. Martinez had spent the majority of the past two seasons in Oklahoma City. Plagued by various aliments, Martinez hit just .219 with three home runs and 21 RBI over 28 games with the RedHawks this season.
Even Keel: The RedHawks will try and win consecutive games for the first time this month tonight. They are 7-9 in June and even though they have not strung wins together, they haven't lost more than two games in a row either.
The Only One: The RedHawks held New Orleans to one run Tuesday. The run total was the lowest allowed by Oklahoma City since an 8-1 win May 30 against Omaha at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark -- a 16-game span. Over the nine games prior to Tuesday, the pitching staff allowed at least four runs each game and at least seven runs six times. After posting the league's second-best ERA in May (3.59), their 5.70 ERA this month ranks second-highest in the PCL.
Cracking the Goose Egg: Last night marked the fifth time this year the RedHawks had held an opponent scoreless through eight innings, but could not complete the shutout. The run the Zephyrs scored in the ninth also ended a 13-inning scoreless streak by the OKC pitching staff.
Just a Little Extra: It should come as no surprise last night's game had just one extra-base hit. The RedHawks (185) and Zephyrs (182) rank 14th and 15th, respectively, in the PCL in extra-base hits.
Elmore, More, More: Jake Elmore has hit safely in each of his last seven games, batting .407 (11x27) with four multi-hit efforts. It's his longest streak since hitting safely in 12 straight, April 5-18.
Booming Brett: For the first time since joining the team on April 21 (52 games), Brett Wallace got a day off yesterday. He is batting .406 (12x38) during his current eight-game hitting streak--tied for his season best. Wallace leads the RedHawks with a .319 batting average and 10 home runs. He is tied with Marc Krauss for the team lead in RBI (35).
Singleton's Start: Jon Singleton is 4-for-12 through three games with three doubles. After missing the first 50 games due to a suspension, Singleton made his way to Oklahoma City with stops in Low-A Quad Cities and Double-A Corpus Christi. He homered in each of his first three games this season and between the two levels he hit .271 with five home runs and 13 RBI over 17 games.
Repressed Robbie: Since going 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits against Iowa on June 10, Robbie Grossman is 1 for his last 22.
A Stay on Stealing: Not only have the RedHawks have gone three straight games without a stolen base, they haven't even attempted one. It's the longest stretch without a swipe since the RedHawks went four straight games without a stolen base, April 20-23.
Oklahoma City leads the league with 92 stolen bases this season -- 14 more than Albuquerque, the next closest team.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS (ALL TIMES CENTRAL)
DATE TIME OPPONENT OKC PITCHER OPP. PITCHER
Thursday, June 20 7 p.m. @ New Orleans RHP Jarred Cosart (6-3, 3.36) RHP Matt Neil (2-2, 6.83)
Friday, June 21 7 p.m. @ New Orleans RHP Asher Wojciechowski (3-2, 3.02) RHP Doug Mathis (2-5, 3.90)
Saturday, June 22 7:05 p.m. Omaha LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-6, 5.37) LHP Justin Marks (1-7, 6.29)
Sunday, June 23 3:30 p.m. Omaha RHP Brad Peacock (2-2, 3.44) LHP Chris Dwyer (5-5, 3.45)
Game 2 Omaha TBA RHP Brian Sanches (3-1, 4.10)
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