Redbirds Begin Road Trip With 10-6 Victory

Redbirds Begin Road Trip With 10-6 Victory

Oscar Taveras and Ryan Jackson each record four hits.
-Memphis Redbirds

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.– Four-hit efforts by outfielder Oscar Taveras and shortstop Ryan Jackson propelled the Memphis Redbirds to a 10-6 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in the opener of a four-gamer series.

Memphis (3-4) banged out 15 hits for 10 runs in the road opener, marking the third time in eight games this season that the Redbirds have scored double-digit runs.

Taveras went 4-for-5 with a double and two-run scored. Jackson added four singles with a run batted in and two runs scored.

Jamie Romak had three hits, including two doubles, to raise his average to .379. Kolten Wong went hitless to snap his season-opening seven-game hitting streak, but drove in two runs with a pair of sacrifice flies.

Redbirds starting pitcher Seth Maness (1-1) twirled his second quality start for his first Triple-A victory, scattering eight hits for one run in six innings. The right-hander also struck out six while tying a career high with two walks in 100 pitches (72 strikes).

The Redbirds quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Brock Peterson’s second home run of the season. After Adron Chamber reached on a fielder’s choice and a Taveras line drive single, Peterson hammered a tape-measure, three-run homer over the left field wall off Brett Oberholtzer (0-1).

Memphis extended its lead to 5-0 in the second inning, beginning with a Jackson leadoff single. Two batters later, third baseman Jermaine Curtis tripled to right field, followed by a Wong sacrifice fly.

The Redbirds added a run in the third and four innings to go up 7-0. Peterson reached on a leadoff walk and later came home on a Jackson RBI single. Wong’s one-out sacrifice fly to score Curtis, who reached on a double, accounted for the team’s run in the fourth inning.

Three consecutive two-out hits against Maness in the bottom of the fifth put Oklahoma City on the board, highlighted by a Trevor Crow RBI single.

Memphis put two across in the seventh frame for a 9-1 lead. Designated hitter Jamie Romak smashed a leadoff double and scored on an RBI single by Rob Johnson. Jackson, who reached on his fourth hit of the evening, would score the other run on an infield ground out by Curtis.

Romak’s RBI double to score Taveras in the top of the eighth concluded the Redbirds’ scoring.

Marc Krauss hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth for Oklahoma City’s third run. The long ball was Krauss’ second of the year.

The RedHawks plated three final runs in the bottom of the ninth against reliever Maikel Cleto for a 10-6 deficit. Jake Elmore’s fourth hit of the game put the slugger on second base to lead off, followed by a Jimmy Paredes RBI single. Two batters later, Krauss lined a two-run single to right to conclude Oklahoma City’s scoring.

Jorge Rondon and Barret Browning both allowed one run in one inning pitched. Cleto was charged with two runs in an inning.

The Redbirds and RedHawks continue their series at 7:05 pm CT on Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Memphis right-hander Michael Wacha (0-0, 4.50) toes the rubber against the Oklahoma City piggyback combination of right-hander Jordan Lyles and right-hander Ross Seaton.
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