Redbirds Rolling Against Zephyrs

Redbirds Rolling Against Zephyrs

Oscar Taveras and Jamie Romak homered for Memphis.
METAIRIE, La. (Memphis Redbirds) – Outfielders Oscar Taveras and Jamie Romak homered to power the Memphis Redbirds to an 8-3 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Wednesday night at Zephyr Field.

Memphis improved to 7-5 with the win and moved into sole possession of first place in the PCL American Northern Division.

The victory also gives the club a 5-1 record through the first six road games, which is their best start in franchise history.

Outfielder Oscar Taveras went 2-for-4 with a homer, double, two RBIs, and three runs scored. The long ball was the 20-year-old’s first Triple-A home run.

Romak went a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run, double, a pair of walks, and three RBIs. Second baseman Kolten Wong and first baseman Brock Peterson also added two hits.

Memphis starting pitcher Seth Maness (2-1) tossed his third straight quality start to open the season for the win. The right-hander allowed three runs on a 10 hits with four strikeouts and no walks in six-plus innings in 86 pitches (66 strikes).

The Redbirds jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against New Orleans pitcher Jacob Turner. Taveras got things started by chopping an opposite-field, two-out double down the third base line, followed by a Peterson single. Romak then crushed a three-run bomb over the left field wall, which was his fourth homer of the early season.

Memphis added its next run in the fourth on a fielding error. After consecutive walks to Romak and third baseman Greg Garcia, catcher Rob Johnson skied a fly ball to right fielder Bryan Petersen, who missed the potential inning-ending routine catch to allow Romak to score.

The Redbirds added two more runs in the next frame on Taveras’ first Triple-A homer. With outfielder Justin Christian on third base and one out, Taveras took Turner deep over the left field wall.

Ben Lasater’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 6th off Maness cut the Redbirds’ lead to 6-2. The long ball was Maness'’ first given up this season.

Both teams traded runs in the seventh, beginning with a double by Wong. Two batters later, Garcia hit an infield RBI single to the shortstop. Three consecutive singles to open the inning by the Zephyrs accounted for their run.

The Redbirds added an insurance run in the top of the ninth, as Taveras scored on another infield groundout by Garcia.

Jorge Rondon stranded one inherited runner over two scoreless frames in relief. Victor Marte closed out the game with a shutout inning.

Turner was charged with six runs (five earned) on five hits and a pair of homers in five innings for the loss.

Memphis and New Orleans continue their series at 7:00 p.m. at Zephyr Field on Thursday night. Right-hander Michael Wacha makes the start for the Redbirds against righty Elih Villanueva (0-1, 6.75).
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