Oklahoma City RedHawks: OKC holds off Iowa Cubs

The RedHawks beat the Iowa Cubs 3-2 with the aid of two double steals that resulted in runs as they moved within one game of first place in the American Northern Division standings.
by Jacob Unruh Published: July 5, 2014
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With the Houston Astros calling up multiple players from the RedHawks earlier this week, Oklahoma City has turned to small ball.

And it worked to perfection Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The RedHawks beat the Iowa Cubs 3-2 with the aid of two double steals that resulted in runs as they moved within one game of first place in the American Northern Division standings.

“I just think right now, losing (Domingo) Santana and Kikè (Hernandez) right now, the team trying to find out who they are, we have to play a lot of small ball,” RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “Hit and runs, double steals; we just have to play a different style right now.”

Center fielder Robbie Grossman was the catalyst for the RedHawks, scoring from third on a double steal in the first to bring them within 2-1. He later gave Oklahoma City the lead when he scored on a double steal from second base when Iowa catcher Rafael Lopez’s throw went into left field.

Matt Duffy also homered for the RedHawks, a solo shot to left-center to open the second and tie the game.

PITCHING SOLID AGAIN

After a tough stretch on the mount as a team, the RedHawks got their second straight five-inning performance from their starting pitcher.

Paul Clemens pitched five solid innings despite being on a pitch count, allowing two earned runs on four hits and three walks.

Iowa (47-41) scored both runs in the first inning on a double by Javier Baez and a single by Kris Bryant.

Clemens then settled down before turning it over to Oklahoma City’s bullpen, which did not allow a run over the final four innings for the second straight night.


by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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