From Press Release
New Orleans, La. – Aaron Mathews hit a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning, moving the New Orleans Zephyrs (11-12) ahead for good, in a 5-4 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks (8-14) before 4,632 Saturday night at Zephyr Field.
Zephyrs reliever Victor Garate (1-0) took the relief win after allowing one hit over two scoreless innings. New Orleans starter Dallas Trahern was charged with four runs and six hits over six innings without factoring in the decision. RedHawks reliever Fernando Rodriguez (0-2) allowed the go-ahead home run, taking the losing decision. Sergio Perez did not factor in the decision after allowing three runs and six hits over four and one-thirds innings in the start for Oklahoma City. Jose Ceda (6) saved the game with a perfect ninth inning.
Oklahoma City built an early 2-0 lead with a first inning RBI double from Carlos Corporan and a second inning solo home run from Jose Vallejo.
The Zephyrs jumped ahead with a two-out rally in the third. After back-to-back two out singles from Bryan Petersen and Vinny Rottino, Petersen scored from third on a Perez balk for a 2-1 score. Ruben Gotay next tripled to right field to score Rottino for a 2-2 deadlock. Joe Thurston next singled in Gotay for a 3-2 New Orleans lead.
The RedHawks regained the lead in the sixth inning on a two-out, two-run home run off the left field fair pole, opening a 4-3 score.
New Orleans tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning on a pinch hit single by Mike Cervenak off reliever Gustavo Chacin.
The Zephyrs took the lead for good in the eighth inning when Aaron Mathews hit a pinch-hit, solo home run, his first homer of the season, opening a 5-4 lead for New Orleans.
Oklahoma City LH Ryan Rowland-Smith will face New Orleans RH Tom Koehler in the series finale Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Live radio coverage is available on AM 1340 The Game, 1340thegame.com and through the IHeartRadio application on mobile devices.