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OKC RedHawks: Memphis trims RedHawks, Tony DeFrancesco to return Tuesday

The RedHawks dropped a decision Sunday at Memphis, but the good news was manager Tony DeFrancesco announcing that he will be back in uniform Tuesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. DeFrancesco has spent the past six weeks receiving treatment for cancer.
Oklahoman Modified: May 25, 2014 at 9:19 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014

MEMPHIS — Scott McGregor and relievers Heath Wyatt and David Aardsma humbled a previously hot Oklahoma City offense Sunday, leading the Memphis Redbirds to a 3-2 Pacific Coast League baseball win over the RedHawks at AutoZone Park.

Oklahoma City had won four of its last five games, outscoring New Orleans and Memphis 42-18. But McGregor and Co. limited the RedHawks to one earned run on six hits and one walk. The trio combined for two strikeouts and held Oklahoma City to 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position.

The only OKC runs came in the fourth and seventh innings on Enrique Hernandez’s second homer of the season and Andy Simunic’s run-scoring grounder.

Memphis (24-26) scored all three of its runs in the third inning off OKC starter Jake Buchanan. Randal Grichuk had a two-run double, and Stephen Piscotty added an RBI single.

•The RedHawks announced that manager Tony DeFrancesco will return to the dugout on Tuesday, which is the beginning of eight-game homestand at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. DeFrancesco has not managed the team this season due to cancer, which was diagnosed during spring training. He spent six weeks receiving treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

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