Redbirds Snap Six-Game Losing Streak

Redbirds Snap Six-Game Losing Streak

Jamie Romak and Brock Peterson bring the wood.
-Memphis Redbirds

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Redbirds snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the division-rival Omaha Storm Chasers on Monday night at AutoZone Park.

With the win, Memphis (61-69) now trails Omaha by four games in the PCL American Northern Division with 14 games to play.

Five Redbirds posted multi-hit games, led by outfielder Jamie Romak’s 2-for-4, four-RBI effort. First baseman Brock Peterson doubled and drove in two while third baseman Jermaine Curtis recorded his third multi-hit game in his last four contests.

The Redbirds trailed by one after a five-run, 27-minute first inning by both clubs. Omaha sent eight batters to the dish and as part of a three-run scoring rally. The second pitch of the ballgame from Nick Greenwood was belted over the center field wall by Gorkys Hernandez for his fifth of the season. Later in the frame with two outs, Brian Fletcher and Max Ramirez hit RBI singles.

In the bottom of the first after leadoff hitter Mike O’Neill worked a walk and Curtis hit a double down the third base line, outfielder Romak roped a two-run double to center. It was Romak’s team-leading 50th extra-base hit and first since August 3.

The Redbirds cashed in a leadoff walk in the next frame to knot the game at 3-3 as Justin Christian scored all the way from first on an Audry Perez RBI double to left center.
 
Omaha scored its final run in the top of the fourth to go-ahead at 4-3. The loaded the bases with no outs, but only managed one run on a sacrifice fly as Greenwood escaped the jam.

Memphis rode a four-run rally in the sixth inning to go-ahead for good at 7-4. Peterson’s bases-loaded double off the centerfield wall put Memphis in front, which was immediately followed by a Romak two-run single.

Greenwood recovered after a three-run first inning for to scatter eight hits for four runs over four frames. He walked two and struck out a pair in 84 pitches, 46 for strikes.

Four relievers combined for five shutout frames behind Greenwood. Victor Marte worked around two walks for a scoreless frame. Eric Fornataro (1-3) struck out one over two shutout innings for the win. Michael Blazek pitched a scoreless ninth before Salas recorded his 11th save in 12 chances.

Kansas City pitching prospect Yordano Ventura allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings no decision. Everett Teaford (4-5) came away with the loss and blown save with four runs.

The two division-rivals wrap up their season series in the Redbirds’ home finale at 7:02 pm CT on Tuesday night. Left-hander Nick Additon (8-7, 4.33) will toe the rubber against Omaha left-hander John Lamb (0-1, 9.00).
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