Redbirds Fall To RedHawks

Redbirds Fall To RedHawks

Seth Maness takes tough loss in quality start.
-University of Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Redbirds fell to the visiting Oklahoma City RedHawks, 3-1, on Saturday night at AutoZone Park in the third game of a four-game series.

In his second rehab appearance, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese went 0-for-3 while appearing as the Redbirds’ designated hitter. He lined out to right field in the first, grounded out to second base in the third, sharply lined out to second base in the sixth, and walked in the eighth.

Redbirds starter Seth Maness (0-1) tossed a quality start his first Triple-A outing, but came away with the loss. The 24-year old allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings of work, striking out six and walking none on 88 pitches (65 strikes).

Oklahoma City jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. With two men on, Jimmy Paredes smoked a two-run single to center for an early 2-0 advantage.

Memphis scored its only run in the bottom of the same frame with an RBI double by Brock Peterson, scoring Kolten Wong.

Maness retired a stretch of 12 of his next 14 batters before Oklahoma City tacked on its final run in the top of the sixth. Outfielder Trevor Crowe reached on a single, moved to third on a double from Paredes, and slid under the tag of Robert Johnson on a sacrifice fly from Marc Krauss.

Wong went 1-for-4 with a run scored, collecting a hit in his first three games of the season. Shortstop Greg Garcia added two base hits and a walk.

Eric Fornataro struck out two over two perfect frames in his Triple-A debut.

RedHawks starter Jarred Cosart gave up one run on three hits in four innings of work. Josh Zeid (1-0) was credited with the victory with a scoreless frame. John Ely nailed down the save with four scoreless innings.

The Redbirds and RedHawks wrap up their season-opening series at 1:35 pm CT on Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park. Cardinals’ #6 prospect and right-hander Michael Wacha makes his Triple-A debut against Oklahoma City lefty Brett Oberholtzer.
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