Elmore Powers RedHawks Against Omaha
OKLAHOMA CITY - Jake Elmore had four hits, including a home run, and four RBI to lead the Oklahoma City RedHawks Saturday in an 11-2 win against the Omaha Storm Chasers in front of a sellout crowd of 10,071 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Elmore hit two singles, a double and a two-run homer, as the RedHawks (39-34) opened a six-game home series with Omaha (32-42). Saturday marked Elmore's team-leading third game of the season with four or more hits.
Jimmy Paredes added three doubles for the RedHawks, as all of Oklahoma City's starters notched at least one hit in the win.
Oklahoma City built an 11-0 lead through seven innings before Omaha scored two runs in the top of the eighth to break the shutout.
The RedHawks took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. A bunt single by Carlos Perez loaded the bases with none out. The next batter, Jose Martinez, singled to left field to score Elmore. Robbie Grossman then grounded into a double play and Jon Singleton scored for the 2-0 edge.
A RBI double by Elmore and a two-run homer to left field by Singleton, his first in Triple-A, put the RedHawks in front, 5-0, in the third inning.
Elmore added a two-run homer of his own to left field for a 7-0 lead in the fifth. His RBI single in the sixth put Oklahoma City in front 8-0. Oklahoma City went on to take a 9-0 lead before a two-RBI double from Paredes in the seventh inning.
RBI singles from Omaha's Johnny Giavotella and Xavier Nady in the eighth inning ended the shutout.
RedHawks starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (5-6) threw a season-high 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four in the win.
Omaha starter Justin Marks (1-8) threw 5.2 innings in the loss, allowing nine runs on 15 hits.
Oklahoma City outhit Omaha, 17-8, in the game and notched its highest run total since a 13-10 win June 1 at Albuquerque.
Oklahoma City's six-game homestand against Omaha continues with a Sunday double-header starting at 3:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.