Alex Gordon’s last at bat in the eighth inning was a long home run as he took Jailen Peguero’s 1-0 pitch off the fencing above the top row of bleachers in right field, but it was one of just a couple of bright spots in Omaha’s 9-2 loss against Oklahoma City.
It was Gordon’s second home run in three games with Omaha, his first came in his only rehab assignment game last month at Albuquerque. Later in the eighth, Jordan Parraz greeted RedHawks reliever Willie Eyre with a two-out, RBI single to account for the final score.
Oklahoma City starter Michael Kirkman (4-0) stretched his scoreless innings streak to 22-and-two-thirds innings by pitching five shutout stanzas. The 23-year old southpaw prospect of the Texas Rangers allowed three singles and three walks, striking out seven.
Omaha starter and former RedHawks right-hander Luis Mendoza (0-1) took the loss. Making his second Triple-A start after opening the year in Kansas City’s bullpen, he gave up a run on two hits over two innings. The RedHawks broke open a 1-0 game in the third, scoring five runs off Federico Castaneda, who entered the day with a 13-and-two-thirds innings scoreless streak between Double-A and Triple-A to start the season.
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