RedHawks' Struggles Continue against Isotopes

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:21 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Apr 18, 2011 11:58 PM CDT

Gerald Goodridge
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City RedHawks dropped their second consecutive game to the Albuquerque Isotopes 8-6 Monday to cap off the three-game series.

The RedHawks (7-4) took the lead in the bottom of the first, loading the bases thanks to back-to-back singles and Koby Clemens being hit by a pitch. Carlos Corporan followed with a line-drive single to center field to score Tommy Manzella from third. Drew Locke hit a sacrifice fly in the next at-bat to bring Brian Bogusevic home and take a 2-0 advantage.

Anderson Hernandez added one run in the bottom of the third with a line drive to right field to make it a three-run advantage, but the Isotopes (7-4) came roaring back.

In the top of the fourth with two on and two out, Jamie Hoffman homered to left field to tie the game. Randy Keisler doubled to left field to bring Trayvon Robinson home from third to give the Isotopes their first lead of the game. Four at-bats later, Corey Smith knocked a two-run single to center field to take a 6-3 lead.

Albuquerque added two to the lead in the top of the seventh inning after a fielding error by Hernandez kept the inning alive.

Oklahoma City cut the lead to two runs in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a solo home run from Corporan and a two-run shot by Herenandez, but were unable to come all the way back.

The Isotopes’ Jon Link (1-0) received his first win of the game after pitching two shutout innings for Albuquerque. Oklahoma City’s Jordan Lyles remained winless Monday, allowing eight hits and six earned runs in his six innings of service.

The RedHawks will now open a four-game series against the Round Rock Express, the Texas Rangers’ new Triple-A affiliate, at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.