OKC RedHawks: George Springer just shy of milestone during RedHawks win

The big league prospect was a couple feet shy of becoming the first 30-30 player in the minors in four years.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: July 29, 2013
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REDHAWKS 4, CUBS 3

George Springer was a couple of feet shy of becoming the first 30-30 player in the minors in four years, but his shot off the center-field wall produced the winning run in the RedHawks' 4-3 win over the Iowa Cubs on Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Springer has 35 stolen bases and 29 homers this season between Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City. He just missed his 30th homer in the ninth off Cubs reliever Henry Rodriguez, but turned it into a triple. Springer scored the game-winner on a Rodriguez wild pitch.

OCU product Ruben Sosa factored in two of the RedHawks' first three runs. In the second, Sosa beat out a two-out infield single to drive in Jimmy Paredes. Both teams scored a run in the fourth. The Cubs' run was a Ty Wright homer off Brad Peacock, the only run Peacock allowed in seven innings.

The Cubs scored two runs in the eighth to take a 3-2 lead, the key hit Donnie Murphy's RBI triple. OKC tied it in the bottom of the inning when Sosa laid down a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt that scored Che-Hsuan, who led off the inning with a double and was sacrificed to third.

ASTROS CALL UP ZEID

Houston called up 26-year-old right-hander Josh Zeid on Monday. A 10th-round pick four years ago out of Tulane, Zeid was 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA, 13 saves and 53 strikeouts in 43 innings with the RedHawks. Zeid takes Jose Veras' roster spot. Veras, the Astros closer, was traded to the Detroit Tigers.

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