The Thunder are rolling. OU softball is storming through the WCWS. The Barons had a banner hockey season. And the OKC Redhawks, top farm club of the much improved Houston Astros, are on a stretch that rivals any in the franchise’s history.
Might be a good time to plan a trip out to Bricktown and the old ballpark.
Here’s their latest press release:
Oklahoma City, Okla. – Mike Hessman homered two more times, including a seventh inning shot that proved the difference in the Oklahoma City RedHawks’ (35-23) 6-5 win over the Iowa Cubs (25-32) before 2,994 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Monday night. The RedHawks have now won 12 straight at home.
Hessman hit solo homers in the fourth and seventh, giving him five over his last two games. The five homers have come within the span of six at-bats and seven plate appearances.
The Cubs took an early 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Anthony Rizzo. Ty Wright homered to lead off the fourth to make it 2-0.
Jimmy Paredes and Hessman each left the yard in the fourth to tie the game. Three straight singles followed Hessman’s home run, including an RBI single by Angel Sanchez to put the RedHawks in front, 3-2.
Iowa scored three times in an eventful top of the sixth to seize the lead. Matt Tolbert tied the game with a bloop RBI single, and the Cubs went in front on an errant throw during a rundown to score Blake Lalli.
Pitcher Chris Rusin followed with a sharp RBI single up the middle to make it a 5-3 game. Rusin was later picked off second base, and with two on and one out, Luis Valbuena struck out and Brett Jackson was caught stealing third to end the inning.
Each of the first four RedHawks reached safely in the bottom of the inning to tie it, with Brandon Barnes and Sanchez each collecting RBI singles. They loaded the bases with one out but could not score, keeping the game 5-5.
With one away in the seventh, Hessman took the first pitch from Esmailin Caridad (0-3) nearly out of the stadium to put the RedHawks in front.
The Cubs put the tying runner at second with two outs in the eighth, but Mickey Storey (3-2) got Valbuena to pop out to end the inning.
With closer Jose Valdez unavailable after pitching on four of the last five days, the RedHawks turned the game over to Juan Abreu in the ninth. Abreu retired the side in order, striking out Wright to end the game and earn his third save of the season as well as his first since April 9.