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Oklahoma City RedHawks: Q&A with Matt Duffy

Duffy hits three home runs on Monday, helping Oklahoma City beat Salt Lake 6-2. He has four homers in the last two days.
By Cody Stavenhagen Published: June 9, 2014

Matt Duffy said there was an adjustment period after he was called up recently to Oklahoma City from Double-A Corpus Christi.

But if Monday is any evidence, it seems it didn’t take Duffy long to learn the ropes of the next level.

Duffy, a third baseman, hit three home runs against Salt Lake, becoming only the sixth player in RedHawks history to do so in a single game. He joined Tacoma’s Jabari Blash as the only other player to accomplish the feat in the Pacific Coast League this season.

After the RedHawks beat Salt Lake 6-2, he talked with The Oklahoman about his power surge, transitioning to Triple-A and what inspires him.

Q: A solid day by any standard. What was working for you at the plate?

A: “It was pretty cool. I was honestly every at-bat just trying to get a good pitch to hit and hit a low line-drive. I guess you need a little bit of luck to have a day like that. I got a little bit of wind, and things just worked out really good.”

Was your home run (Sunday) a spark, being new to Triple-A?

“Definitely. I’ve been here about a week and a half now, so I’m pretty settled in. But yeah, there was an adjustment period. Having that home run yesterday probably helped a little bit just to calm my nerves down.”

Especially the first one (Monday), it really jumped off the bat to deep center, well beyond the 400-foot mark. What did that feel like?

“I think there were two outs in the inning. I was looking for a fastball. I figured being lower in the lineup I would get a first-pitch fastball... he might just try to sneak one by me. I was just ready for it and lucky it just got up.”

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