RedHawks Drop Second Straight in Strange, High-Scoring Game

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:22 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: May 1, 2011 6:16 PM CDT

Grant Belcher
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS – Although Oklahoma City lost its second straight game on Sunday, at least no one can say it wasn’t an exciting one.

The RedHawks dropped a 10-7 decision to the New Orleans Zephyrs on Sunday in a game with plenty of hits and plenty of scoring.

Each team picked up 12 hits on the day, and New Orleans committed four errors to help the RedHawks stay in the game.

OKC had to dig itself out of an early hole as they trailed 6-1 after three innings.

Brian Dopirak helped begin to chip away at the lead, homering in the top of the fifth to score Drew Locke and cut the lead to 6-3.

But New Orleans piled it on further in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three more runs to extend the lead to 9-3.

Dopirak came through again for OKC in the seventh, once again driving in Locke to chip away at the lead. Carlos Corporan singled later in the inning to bring Dopirak home.

The scoring in the eighth inning looked bizarrely similar to the fifth inning. Dopirak homered yet again, driving in Drew Locke for the third time in three innings and pulling his team to within 9-7.

But that was all the scoring Oklahoma City could muster, as New Orleans added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.

Dopirak had three hits, two home runs and five RBIs in the game.

Ryan Rowland-Smith picked up the loss for the RedHawks, while Frank Mata got the win for New Orleans.

Oklahoma City (8-15) will return home to begin a series against the Nashville Sounds. First pitch on Monday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.