Alex Gordon’s opposite field double to lead off the eighth inning helped rally the Omaha Royals to a 3-1 win over Oklahoma City Thursday night at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Gordon, who had struck out twice earlier in the game, led off the bottom of the eighth in a 1-1 game and lined the first pitch from Omar Beltre to left. Scott Thorman followed with an RBI double to make it 2-1. Thorman later scored the Royals’ final run on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Parraz.
The game was a scoreless through the seventh inning as Omaha starter Bryan Bullington and RedHawks starter Guillermo Moscoso were dominating. Moscoso allowed a two-out infield hit in the seventh to Jai Miller. With Edwin Bellorin at the plate, Miller broke early for second base and would likely have been caught in a rundown, but Moscoso was called for a balk. Bellorin blooped a pitch into left-center field, scoring the Miller.
Oklahoma City tied it in the eighth, as Emerson Frostad led off with a double to right for the RedHawks’ third and final hit off Bullington. After a sacrifice bunt moved Frostad to third, Omaha closer Blake Wood entered the contest and was greeted by former Kansas City Royal Esteban German’s RBI single up the middle tying the score.
It was the first blown save in six chances for Wood (2-1), who still got the win by retiring the final two batters he faced in the eighth and pitching a scoreless ninth.