Oklahoma City RedHawks: Hawks get more out of speed than power

A day after stealing four bases in a win over New Orleans, speed once again played a role in Oklahoma City's 5-3 win over the Zephyrs on Sunday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
by Michael Baldwin Published: April 28, 2013
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The Oklahoma City RedHawks are a good example it's not mandatory to hit home runs to win.

Off to a 13-10 start, the RedHawks are in 13th in the 16-team Pacific Coast League in homers but are third in stolen bases.

A day after stealing four bases in a win over New Orleans, speed once again played a role in Oklahoma City's 5-3 win over the Zephyrs on Sunday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

“With the makeup of this team we're going to have to manufacture runs,” said manager Tony DeFrancesco. “We lost (center fielder Robbie) Grossman (to the Astros), but we still have a lot of guys who can run. I think that's the game we're going to have to play, bunt, hit-and-run and steal.”

Stealing four more bases in Sunday's win, the RedHawks have 28 for the season compared to only 16 homers.

Five players have swiped three or more bases. Jimmy Paredes and Trevor Crowe are tied for the team lead with six steals. Che-Hsuan Lin and Jonathan Villar have four each, Jake Elmore three.

“Seven of the nine guys in our lineup are more speed guys than power guys,” Elmore said. “We're utilizing the hit-and-run, stealing bases. That's the makeup of this club.”

Paredes, one of the hottest hitters in the PCL, batting .360, displayed what speed can do in the third inning when he scored the go-ahead run to snap a 1-1 tie.

With one out, Paredes ripped a ball into the right-fielder corner. As soon as he left the batter's box, Paredes was thinking triple. Paredes' speed paid off when he tagged up and scored on a shallow fly ball to center.

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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