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Tommy Manzella's double sparks big inning for RedHawks

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: May 11, 2011
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A night after hitting for the cycle, RedHawks shortstop Tommy Manzella once again came up big at the plate.

Manzella's sixth-inning leadoff double keyed a three-run inning that brought the RedHawks back for a 3-1 win over Tacoma at RedHawks Field at Bricktown on Wednesday night.

“I'm feeling really comfortable at the plate right now,” Manzella said. “But that goes along with what everybody on the team is doing.”

Manzella was 1 for 3, and Koby Clemens was 2 for 4 in the win.

After starting the season 4-11, the RedHawks are just one game below .500, 16-17, entering Thursday's third game of the series against the Rainiers.

Although the RedHawks didn't draw much in the way of walks in the win — J.B. Shuck was the only Oklahoma City batter to walk — the approach of being more patient at the plate is continuing to pay off.

“It's not all about going up there looking to take pitches,” Manzella said. “It's about shrinking the zone with less than two strikes and looking for pitches you can drive and laying off of pitcher's pitches.”

It might not pay immediate dividends, but it will eventually pay off, he said.

That was the case Wednesday when Rainiers starter Chaz Roe sailed through the first eight batters his faced and got through the first four innings scoreless.

But the second time through the order, things started to break down for Roe — and the RedHawks started to break out.

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