Oklahoma City — The New Orleans Zephyrs’ ninth inning rally fell short Tuesday night.
The Z’s scored a run and picked up four hits in loading the bases but in a 6-5 loss against the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
The Zephyrs (45-46) dug a big hole early and could not recover.
Oklahoma City pounded New Orleans starter Adam Conley (2-4) early. The RedHawks sent nine batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring four runs on four hits.
The Hawks added to their lead in the third, scoring two additional runs to take a 6-1 lead.
The Z’s bullpen shut down the RedHawks working 5.2 innings, scattered three hits without a run.
The Zephyrs offense had 15 hits, led by Jordany Valdespin and Kyle Jensen with three each. The Z’s scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning and added another run in the sixth.
The Z’s trailed 6-4 heading into the ninth inning facing Kevin Chapman. The Z’s scored a run and then loaded the bases before pinch hitter Juan Diaz grounded out for the final out. The Z’s stranded 12 men on base for the game and were four for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Jake Buchanan (7-5) earned the win for Oklahoma City pitching six innings allowing four runs on nine hits.
The Zephyrs added pitcher Andrew Heaney from the Marlins. Chaz Roe was placed on the disabled list. ... The Z’s bullpen has allowed one run in its 19.1 innings pitched. ... The Zephyrs have homered in nine of their past 10 games and have 96 homers on the season, just nine shy of last year’s total. Mark Canha extended his hitting streak to a season-best 10 games.
WHO: Zephyrs at RedHawks.
WHEN: 7:05 p.m.
WHERE: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: New Orleans (Conley, 2-3, 4.68 ERA at Oklahoma City) Oberholtzer 1-2, 4.65).
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1.