Oklahoma City, Okla. – The RedHawks set the tone in the first inning with a Oswaldo Navarro straight steal of home and a Collin Delome grand slam home run, as the Oklahoma City RedHawks (10-15) took a 12-4 win over the Nashville Sounds (9-15) before 2,835 Tuesday night at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.
Henry Villar (2-0) picked up the winning decision, dealing five innings with four runs, five hits, four walks and four strikeouts. Nashville starter Chase Wright (0-2) allowed seven runs with four hits over four innings, dealing five walks and four strikeouts in the losing decision.
Oklahoma City opened the scoring in the first inning with five runs against Wright. The RedHawks loaded the bases on two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Oswaldo Navarro broke from third on a straight steal of home for a 1-0 lead. Following another walk to reload the bases, Collin Delome belted a grand slam home run to right-centerfield, the first of the year for Oklahoma City, opening a 5-0 lead.
Nashville cut the lead to 5-2 in the second inning against Villar. George Kottaras ended a 0x11 start with Nashville with a single to left field, scoring Jeremy Reed from second base for a 5-1 score. Pitcher Chase Wright later singled in Brett Carroll for a 5-2 game.
The RedHawks added two more runs in the second inning. Brandon Barnes led off with a double, Navarro next singled before both scored on a double from Carlos Corporan for a 7-2 score.
Nashville cut the lead again in the fifth inning when Caleb Gindl singled and scored on an Eric Farris double, cutting the Oklahoma City lead to 7-3. Later in the inning, Farris scored on a Jeremy Reed groundout for a 7-4 score.
Oklahoma City extended the lead in the fifth inning, scoring three times against reliever Justin James. Drew Locke led off with a walk, moved to second on an infield hit by Collin Delome and scored on a throwing error by Nashville second baseman Luis Figueroa for an 8-4 lead. Later in the inning, James dealt bases loaded walks of Brandon Barnes and Navarro, bringing in two more runs for a 10-4 lead.
The RedHawks added two runs in the sixth inning. Brian Dopirak singled, moved to third on a Tommy Manzella double and scored on a Zach Segovia wild pitch for an 11-4 lead. Anderson Hernandez later singled home Manzella for the 12-4 final.
RH Jordan Lyles will face Nashville RH Amaury Rivas in game three of the series Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available through the RedHawks ticket office at RedHawks Field at Bricktown, by calling 405-218-1000 or by visiting okcredhawks.com.