A season series in Omaha that has featured two bouts of severe storms, a chemical leak and a 21-hour power failure saw a new twist in Saturday’s doubleheader nightcap: a last-inning rain delay that ended the game two outs short of its full completion in Oklahoma’s 9-4 win at Rosenblatt Stadium.
High winds and heavy rain delayed the game with Omaha batting in the seventh with runners at first and second, and after the field was uncovered it was apparent the infield had taken a lot of water and the game was declared over with the RedHawks gaining a split of the day-night twin bill. Omaha won the first game 6-1. The Royals (40-39) see their seven-game winning streak end.
The RedHawks scored seven runs in the first inning against Tyler Lumsden (3-8) who retired just two batters among the nine he faced. John Mayberry belted a grand slam to open the scoring, the Hawks’ fourth of the year and second in the last four games. Ryan Roberts (who later homered in the seventh), Joaquin Arias and Jason Ellison added first-inning RBIs. Nate Gold notched an RBI double in the second as Oklahoma built an 8-1 lead through and inning and half for Matt Harrison (3-1) who went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts.