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Vargas Slam Lifts OKC – OurSports Central

Oklahoma City Baseball Club

May 12, 2024 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)
Oklahoma City Baseball Club News Release

Miguel Vargas hit a grand slam in the sixth inning that provided the eventual game-winning runs in a 7-4 win for the Oklahoma City Baseball Club against the Sugar Land Space Cowboys Sunday afternoon at Constellation Field. Sugar Land (25-14) took the game’s first lead on a RBI single by César Salazar in the first inning, but OKC quickly responded with Andre Lipcius leading off the second inning with a solo home run out to center field to tie the game, 1-1. A RBI double by Vargas put Oklahoma City in front and Trey Sweeney followed with a RBI single for a 3-1 OKC advantage in the third inning. Oklahoma City (23-16) left the bases loaded in the fifth inning and went on to load the bases again in the sixth inning when Vargas connected on a grand slam out to left field for a 7-1 lead. A three-run homer by Sugar Land’s David Hensley in the bottom of the sixth inning cut OKC’s lead to three runs. Sugar Land would go on to bring the tying run to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but OKC pitcher Michael Petersen got Cooper Hummel to line out to second baseman Jonathan Araúz to end the game.

Of Note:

-Sunday’s win gave Oklahoma City a 3-3 split in the road series against Pacific Coast League-leading Sugar Land. Oklahoma City won the finale following back-to-back losses and now trails Sugar Land by two games in the standings.

-Miguel Vargas finished with a game-high three hits going 3-for-4 with a double and grand slam along with a season-high five RBI. He reached base four times as he was also hit by a pitch and scored two runs. The grand slam was both Oklahoma City’s and Vargas’ second of the season after he hit the first grand slam of his career April 2 against Albuquerque in OKC. Sunday’s home run was his eighth of the season and his three hits tied his season-high mark. The five RBI were his most in a single game since racking up eight RBI July 25, 2021 while with Double-A Tulsa against Northwest Arkansas and marked the third time in his career he has finished with five or more RBI in a game. He is the fifth OKC player this season to record five or more RBI in a game.

-Andre Lipcius hit his 10th home run of the season, becoming the second Oklahoma City player to reach double-digit homers, trailing Ryan Ward’s team-leading 12 home runs. Over his last four games, Lipcius is 7-for-18 (.389) with three doubles, a home run, seven RBI and eight…

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