The Oklahoma City RedHawks scored eight runs in the 12th inning and downed the Omaha Royals 10-2 Sunday afternoon, as the Royals lose their fourth straight.
Greg Holland, who had allowed just one unearned run in 13.2 innings over his previous ten relief outings, came on to pitch the 12th and was charged with seven runs on four hit and three walks in one-third of an inning. His ERA, which had plummeted from 6.89 to 3.68 over the last ten appearances, jumped back up to 5.76 on Sunday.
Irving Falu celebrated his 27th birthday by going 3-for-6, but wound up stranded on base all three times. He also picked up his team-leading eighth stolen base.
Ryan Garko hit his third home run in his 16th game with Oklahoma. His solo shot in the sixth was the only run allowed by Royals starter Gaby Hernandez in six innings, as the 24-year old righty posted his third straight quality start.
After pinch-running for Garko in the top of the eleventh, former Kansas City Royal Esteban German broke the 2-2 tie in the 12th with an RBI single. German’s hit came in the midst of seven consecutive RedHawks reaching base via hit or walk as Oklahoma City (31-25) scored the most runs in one inning of any Royals opponent this season. The RedHawks won in extra innings for the first time this year after losing their first four extra-frame affairs.
Omaha’s (29-26) four-game losing streak equals its longest of the year. Prior to the skid, the Royals had won ten of eleven games. Omaha is now 3-5 in extra inning contests.