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.
Tom Lawless, a coach in the Houston Astros minor-league system, has been the RedHawks’ interim manager. He has guided Oklahoma City to a 28-23 record and first-place standing going into Monday’s 1:05 p.m. series finale at Memphis.
“I’m feeling great,” DeFrancesco said in a RedHawks release. “I’m ready to go and very anxious to get back in the dugout. That’s where I want to be. I’m looking forward to seeing the players and staff. I can’t say enough about the Astros for all the support I’ve received.”
DeFrancesco, 51, has been the RedHawks manager since 2011.