Walk-Off Win Keeps Streak Alive for RedHawks

Oklahoma Redhawkes

Lisa Johnson

August 21, 2013, Oklahoma City (ISN) – The Oklahoma City RedHawks extended their home winning streak in dramatic fashion Tuesday with a 6-5 walk-off win against the Albuquerque Isotopes in front of 3,893 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The RedHawks entered the bottom of the ninth inning trailing Albuquerque, 5-4. With two outs and two strikes on the scoreboard, RedHawks infielder Jose Martinez hit a RBI double to tie the game. Outfielder George Springer followed with a single that scored Martinez to complete the come-from-behind win.

Oklahoma City (75-56) extended its club record winning streak to 17 games and wrapped up a five-game sweep of Albuquerque (67-64). The first-place RedHawks also maintained their six-game edge in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division standings.

Martinez led all players with three hits and three RBI as the RedHawks swept a fourth straight series at home.

Springer went 2-for-5 and collected his 36th home run of the season in his time in Triple-A and Double-A combined. He also boosted his season totals to 102 RBI and 100 runs scored in the win.

Springer opened the scoring Tuesday in the bottom of the first inning. He homered on a line drive off the LED board in left field for his 17th home run with the RedHawks.

Albuquerque hit three straight singles with two outs and tied the game, 1-1, in the fourth inning. A two-run single by the Isotopes’ Eliezer Alfonzo put his team ahead, 3-1, in the top of the fifth. That marked the first time during the RedHawks’ home winning streak that they trailed by more than one run in a game, but they quickly responded.

Ruben Sosa walked to load the bases with none out in the fifth and Trevor Crowe followed by drawing a walk to bring home the RedHawks’ second run of the night. Martinez followed with a two-run single to regain the RedHawks’ lead, 4-3.

Albuquerque added two runs in the top of the seventh inning with back-to-back RBI singles. The Isotopes’ 5-4 lead marked the latest the RedHawks have trailed in a game during their home win streak.

Catcher Carlos Perez led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sosa. Crowe struck out for the second out of the inning before Martinez doubled and Springer singled to seal the RedHawks’ win.

Pitcher Rhiner Cruz (1-2) retired all three Isotopes batters he faced in the top of the ninth to record the win for Oklahoma City. Albuquerque pitcher Javy Guerra (0-4) was charged with the loss.

Tuesday’s game marked the final meeting of the season between the two teams and Oklahoma City won the season series, 11-5. The RedHawks won a sixth straight game, while Albuquerque lost its eighth game in a row.

The RedHawks open their final road trip of the regular season and a key five-game series with Round Rock at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Dell Diamond.

Live coverage begins at 6:35 p.m. on AM 1340 “The Game,” 1340thegame.com, or through the free IHeartRadio mobile app.

Video highlights of today’s game are available at the PCL FTP site, pacificcoastleague.exavault.com, in the Oklahoma City folder. The proper files will reflect today’s date, and are accompanied by a text file containing a brief description of the content available.

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