The Oklahoma City RedHawks built a 5-0 lead, then added seven runs in the eighth inning of a 12-1 win against the New Orleans Zephyrs Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The RedHawks (7-3) recorded a season-high 17 hits, including a season-best 10 extra-base hits, to secure their first home win of the season in Bricktown.
Oklahoma City outfielder Domingo Santana went 3-for-4 with three doubles. Gregorio Petit finished the night 3-for-3. First baseman Jon Singleton led all players with four RBI on two-for-five hitting.
RedHawks starting pitcher Jake Buchanan (1-1) earned the win, allowing three hits and striking out five through five shutout innings.
The RedHawks first got on the scoreboard in the second inning. Santana doubled and later scored when third baseman Jonathan Meyer reached on a force attempt.
Oklahoma City added two runs in the third inning. George Springer drew a walk to load the bases with none out for Singleton, who singled and Austin Wates and Petit scored on the play for a 3-0 lead. Santana drew a walk later in the inning to load the bases again for Oklahoma City with one out, but Carlos Perez struck out and Meyer flied out to end the inning.
Wates doubled to deep center field to score Ronny Torreyes from first base for a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning. A sacrifice fly by Petit brought home Wates for a 5-0 edge.
New Orleans' lone run came in the sixth inning when Justin Bour singled to score Matt Angle as the Zephyrs fell to 2-8.
The RedHawks then broke out for seven more runs in the eighth inning on seven hits.
Perez homered to left-center field – his second homer of the season – to give the RedHawks a 6-1 lead. With the home run, Oklahoma City extended its streak to eight straight games with a homer.
Meyer followed with a double, then scored on a double by Torreyes for a six-run edge with none out.
A bases-clearing double by Singleton scored three runs for the RedHawks. Eric Castro followed with a RBI triple and Santana added a RBI double for a 12-1 lead.
The four-game series between the teams continues at 2:05 p.m. Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Select players will be available for autographs prior to the game and kids can run the bases following the game.