From Press Release
New Orleans, La. – Brian Dopirak finished three-for-five with two home runs and five RBI in a losing effort as the New Orleans Zephyrs (12-12) held off the Oklahoma City RedHawks (8-15) in a 10-7 final before 4,355 Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field.
New Orleans reliever Frank Mata (1-1) took the winning decision after dealing one and one-thirds scoreless innings. Starter Tom Koehler lasted four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs and five hits without a decision. Jose Ceda (7) saved his third game in a row. Oklahoma City starter Ryan Rowland-Smith allowed six runs and five hits over three innings in the losing decision.
New Orleans opened the scoring in the second inning when Brad Davis belted a two-run home run to left field, his first of the season, giving the Zephyrs a 2-0 lead. Oklahoma City countered in the top of the third with a Robinson Cancel single to bring in Brandon Barnes for a 2-1 score.
The Zephyrs added to the lead in the third inning, ending a 0-for-15 season-opening slump with the bases loaded when Josh Kroeger belted a grand slam home run to straight away centerfield, opening a 6-1 New Orleans lead.
The RedHawks cut the lead in half again in the fifth inning when Brian Dopirak belted a two-out, two-run home run, his first of the season, making it a 6-3 game.
New Orleans added three more in the sixth inning when an Aaron Mathews double, Mike Cervenak sacrifice fly and Joe Thurston single added runs for a 9-3 Zephyrs lead.
The RedHawks added two runs in the seventh inning on a Dopirak RBI double and Carlos Corporan RBI single, before another Brian Dopirak two-run home run in the eighth inning cut the New Orleans lead to 9-7.
The Zephyrs ended the scoring in the ninth inning when Cervenak doubled home Ryan Klosterman for a 10-7 score.
The RedHawks open a four-game home series against the Nashville Sounds (Brewers) Monday at 7:05 p.m. at RedHawks Field at Bricktown. Tickets are available through the RedHawks box office by calling 405-218-1000 or by visiting okcredhawks.com.