Redhawks Shutout by Salt Lake City 3-0
Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:24 pm
News On 6
Originally Published: May 17, 2011 3:23 PM CDTLayna Dewell
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY—Two Doubles by former Oklahoma City Redhawk Kevin Richardson helped boost the Salt Lake City Bees to a 3-0 shutout over OKC Tuesday afternoon inside the Bricktown Ballpark.
Richardson’s performance, combined with a great day on the mound for Bees proved to be a duo Oklahoma City could not keep up with.
Richardson, who was traded from the Rangers organization at the end of last season, got the scoring going for the Bees in the top of the third when he sent a ball straight into left field for a double.
Two outs and three batters later Andrew Romine singled to left field to score Richardson and put Salt Lake on the board 1-0.
Unfortunately for the Redhawks, they could not get their offense going. In fact, in five different innings, Salt Lake held OKC to only three at bats.
Eric Junge and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout of OKC. Juge is now 2-2 on the year after striking out five batters on the day.
It looked like the Redhawks might have found a spark in the top of the fourth when they turned a double play to get the second out, but the effort was short lived thanks to Richardson.
Then two batters later, and with Efren Navarro on first, Richardson stepped up and knocked another double, this time to deep left-center field, that would score Navarro and put the Bees up 2-0.
Salt Lake added another run that inning after Tyson Auer smacked a line drive to right to move Richardson to third before Romine drew a bases loaded walk to bring in an additional run and put the Bees up 3-0. That would be all Salt Lake needed to get the victory and move to 20-20 on the season.
OKC’s Douglas Arguello (2-4) allowed three runs and six hits with three walks and three strikeouts over four innings in the losing effort. Jason Bulger (1) saved the game for the Bees with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Redhawksproduced only four hits on the day anddrop the series 1-3 to move to 17-22 on the year and fall to 7.5 games back in the American South Division.
OKC takes the field again Thursday at Sacramento at 9:05 p.m. before returning home for an eight-game home stand against Round Rock and Memphis beginning May 31.