Clips of Koby Clemens, son of Roger and new OKC slugger, going yard for the first time at Bricktown and pitcher Fernando Nieves who turned in a strong rebound from a rocky first on a chilly and windy opening night at the stadium. Despite winds in excess of 30 miles per hour at first pitch, the Redhawks showed more and more comfort in their new surroundings as the game wore on.
Nieve, who spent all of last season with the NY Mets, deserved a better fate in a three run first when a wind-blown ball and a slow roller to short that couldn’t be turned in time led to a three run frame.
Clemens was confident, looping like a little Jeff Bagwell in his home debut, ripping a shot into the grass in right center. It was his second homer in as many games. More info is available below in the game notes.
And yes, the Redhawks have two new mascots for the kids, as seen in the broll.
Oklahoma City, Okla. – Fernando Nieve struck out eight and put down his last 13 hitters in a row, while Koby Clemens knocked in three runs leading the Oklahoma City RedHawks (4-5) to a 7-4 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (5-4) in front of 9,294 Friday night at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.Nieve (1-1) allowed three first inning runs, and back-to-back singles to lead off the second inning before his string of 13 consecutive outs in the winning decision. Reliever Sergio Escalona put down the next five in order to extend the string of outs to 18 before a Jamie Hoffman hit-by-pitch ended the run. Ross Wolf (1) saved the game, dealing a hitless ninth.
Albuquerque starter John Ely allowed seven runs, five earned, and eleven hits over six innings in the losing decision.
The Isotopes scored three in the top of the first against Nieve. Jerry Sands drove in Dee Gordon on a single, Russ Mitchell plated Jamie Hoffman with a fielder’s choice and Joe Becker singled home Sands for a 3-0 score.
Oklahoma City rebounded immediately in the bottom of the frame. J.B. Shuck walked before Tommy Manzella tripled in a run for a 3-1 score. Later with one out, Koby Clemens belted a two-run home run to right-centerfield, tying the score 3-3.
The RedHawks took the lead for good in the fifth inning, adding two runs. Brian Bogusevic tripled in Shuck for a 4-3 lead before Clemens doubled in Bogusevic for a 5-3 score.
Oklahoma City added two more in the sixth inning when a Dee Gordon error allowed Drew Locke to score from third base and Bogusevic singled in a run for a 7-3 lead.
Albuquerque first baseman Jerry Sands belted a solo home run in the eighth inning, ending the scoring at 7-4.
RedHawks RH Henry Villar will face Isotopes RH Tim Redding in game two of the series Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at RedHawks Field at Bricktown. Tickets are available by calling (405) 218-1000 or by visiting http://www.okcredhawks.com.
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