Q&A: RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco says 'We've got to finish this out'

RedHawks fall to second place in division after loss to Omaha
BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com Published: June 26, 2012
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photo - OKLAHOMA CITY REDHAWKS / MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Oklahoma City manager Tony DeFrancesco looks on from the dugout during the RedHawks' game against Omaha at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. Tuesday, June 26, 2012.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA CITY REDHAWKS / MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Oklahoma City manager Tony DeFrancesco looks on from the dugout during the RedHawks' game against Omaha at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Dominating at home and maintaining on the road, the Oklahoma City RedHawks have planted themselves atop the PCL American Southern division for most of the season.

But a sudden slump, most recently a 5-1 loss to Omaha on Tuesday afternoon in Bricktown, has dropped Oklahoma City into second, an unfamiliar place behind the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Following that loss, the third in as many nights, RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco sat down to talk about the team's recent struggles:

Q: Three straight losses at home in this series, first time that's happened all year. Is this just a tough stretch you brush off?

Yeah, that's a good team right there, a really good team. And we don't match up well against them. They can throw six lefties out there with good stuff, and it neutralizes our offense a little bit. Not much you can do about it.

Only a few more series until the All-Star break. You've had a good first half, how do keep your guys focused to finish it out?

Well, we talked about it pregame today. We've got to finish this out. The break is closing in, and we all are looking forward to it, but we've got to finish strong before we think about that.



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