Outfielder Eric Thames, picked up off waivers by Houston, will be in the starting lineup for Game 3 Friday night in Omaha. Paredes will move back to short.
Bottom line is the RedHawks are in a 0-2 hole.
“It is what it is,” said center fielder George Springer. “Tomorrow is a new day. We just have to go out and play hard and whatever happens happens.”
Omaha appears to be pitching around Springer, a candidate for Minor League Player of the Year. In the first two games, Springer has drawn three walks and has two hits for a .625 on-base percentage.
“It's one of those things you have to have confidence in the guys behind you,” Springer said. “You have to be smart, be selective. If they don't give me something good to hit when I get on first base that can start a rally.”
Singleton provided the spark OKC needed with a long home run over the right-center wall in the fourth.
“I hit that one pretty good,” Singleton said. “The only one I might have hit better this season was one in Tucson.”
And the 0-2 deficit?
“We just need to go out and play good baseball like we did down the stretch,” Singleton said. “They got the jump, but the series is not over.”
The RedHawks posted the best record in the PCL (82-62). The season, though, will end in the opening round of the playoffs unless the RedHawks can win three consecutive games in Omaha.
“Winning three in a row on the road is one of the toughest things to do,” DeFrancesco said. “If we win Friday, then you go to Saturday and try to get to Sunday. We're capable of doing it, but you have to take it one game at a time.”