Redbirds Drop Fourth Game In A Row, Lose 5-2

Redbirds Drop Fourth Game In A Row, Lose 5-2

Memphis falls into a tie for second place with loss.
-Memphis Redbirds

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Redbirds lost their fourth straight contest with a 5-2 defeat to the visiting Round Rock Express in the second game of a four-game series on Tuesday night at AutoZone Park.

The four-game losing skid at home matches the club’s longest of the season. Memphis went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and failed to record an extra-base hit for the third straight night. Adron Chambers, Chad Huffman, and Audry Perez all singled in a losing effort.

Round Rock’s Josh Lindblom improved to 8-1, allowing two runs on a pair of hits with three strikeouts in six innings. Wilmer Font converted his second save with two scoreless.

The Express had a 2-0 lead after two pitches into the second inning from Nick Greenwood. After Manny Ramirez singled to center, Robinson Chirinos tattooed his 13th home run into the Fogelman YMCA parking lot.

Memphis snapped a 17-inning scoreless drought with two runs in the third. After the Redbirds loaded the bases on a single a pair of walks with two outs, Chambers hit a ball to second baseman Yangervis Solarte, who committed a fielding error that allowed both runs to score.

Round Rock went ahead for good in the fifth at 3-2, beginning with a leadoff double by catcher Eli Whiteside. The backstop advanced to third on a Greg Miclat fly out and Aaron Cunningham sacrifice fly.

The Express extended their lead to 5-2 with a couple of unearned runs against Sam Freeman and Jorge Rondon late in the game. Miclat doubled to left with two outs and came home on a fielding error by Kolten Wong. A two-out throwing error sandwiched between two singles in the ninth gave the club its final run.

In his third spot of the season, Greenwood (2-4) allowed three runs on five hits with one strikeout in 5 2/3 innings for the loss. It was the longest outing of the left-hander’s Triple-A career. 

Freeman gave up one run in 1 1/3 innings, stranding his only inherited runner. Michael Blazek worked around back-to-back walks for a scoreless frame.

Right-hander Michael Wacha (4-2, 2.78) will take the mound for the Redbirds as Memphis and Round Rock continue their series at 7:05 pm CT on Wednesday night. The Express will counter with righty Scott Richmond (3-3, 5.82). 
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