RedHawks top Albuquerque

by Michael Baldwin Modified: August 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm •  Published: August 17, 2013

Paul Clemens didn't allow an earned run through 6 2/3 innings, and the Oklahoma City RedHawks pounded out 11 hits to post a 5-1 win over Albuquerque Saturday night in front of 9,410 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Extending their home winning streak to 14 games, the RedHawks lead Albuquerque by five games in the American Southern division with 16 games remaining.

OCU product Ruben Sosa and catcher Carlos Perez had two RBIs each for the RedHawks. Perez's bloop double drove in the tying and go-ahead runs to highlight a three-run fourth. Sosa tacked on an RBI single in the fourth and added a sacrifice fly in a two-run eighth.

Clemens, who has spent most of the season with the Houston Astros, improved to 3-1.


If the Astros don't promote RedHawks star center fielder George Springer when rosters expand in September, it's not because they would be concerned how Springer might fare in the majors.

The organization currently is evaluating outfielders Robbie Grossman and Brandon Barnes in addition to L.J. Hoes, obtained in a trade with Baltimore last month.

“Obviously anyone would want to get to the big leagues to get a taste of it,” said Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow, who is in OKC this weekend. “But Springer is the kind of player when he gets to the big leagues, more than likely he's not coming back.

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by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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