Walk-Off Double Boosts Redhawks over Nashville

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:23 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: May 6, 2011 8:56 AM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY—Despite going scoreless until the seventh inning, the Oklahoma City Redhawks rallied and used a bottom of the ninth walk-off double to beat the Nashville Sound 4-3.

Designated hitter Brian Dopriak took the plate in the ninth and smashed a double over the left-fielder’s head to score Anderson Hernandez and closeout the game.

In the beginning it was all about the Sound who opened the scoring in the third when Luis Figueroa led off with a walk, moved to second on a bunt by Sam Narron, advanced to third on an error by shortstop Tommy Manzella and scored on a Caleb Gindl double play ground ball to go up 1-0.

Later in the sixth, Nashville extended the lead off of a two-run homer by Brendan Katin to make it 3-0.

The comeback began in the seventh when Redhawks outfielder Brandon Barnes hit a leadoff home run to cut the lead to 3-1.

In the eighth OKC knotted the score. Joe Inglett drew a walk then advanced to second on a one-out single by Robinson Cancel. Inglett stole third and then scored after Drew Locke hit a single for a 3-2 score. Later in the inning things got exciting. Barnes was at bat and Lock, who was on first, got caught in a rundown trying to steal second, meanwhile Cancel, who was on third, ran home for the game-tying run.

With the score tied 3-3 the Redhawks held Nashville in the top of the ninth and took the plate for their final at bat.

Infielder Anderson Hernandez led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice hit. Dopriak took the plate and hit a ball over the left fielders head to score Hernandez and end the game 4-3.

OKC moves to 12-15 on the season and reliever Fernando Rodriguez (1-2) picked up the winning decision with one and one-thirds innings of perfect relief. Meanwhile, Justin James (0-2) took the loss, giving up the game-ending run in the ninth inning.

The Redhawks now travel to Omaha to take on the Storm Chasers Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

Live radio coverage is available on AM 1340.

Oklahoma City RedHawks (12-15) 4, Nashville Sounds (9-17) 3
May 5, 2011
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nashville 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 7 1
Okla. City 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 9 2