Redbirds Sweep Double Header


After a postponement on Sunday, the Redbirds were set for a double header against the Salt Lake Bees on Monday. The Redbirds made the most of it. Tyler Lyons pitched a masterful game in Game 1 in route to a 2-0 win and then the hitters came to play in Game 2 in an 8-2 win. The Redbirds move to .500, 26-26 on the season.

The Redbirds started the scoring in the bottom of the second in Game 1 when Alex Mejia grounded out to score Xavier Scruggs to gain an early 1-0 lead. Travis Tartamella added an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to make it 2-0 which would be the final score of Game 1.

In minor league double headers both games only play seven innings and Tyler Lyons pitched all seven of those innings in Game 1. He only surrendered three hits, no runs, and had five strikeouts. Lyons moves to 4-2 on the year.

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Game 2 was much different offensively. The Redbirds came out on fire to score five runs in the bottom of the first. It started with an RBI double by Stephen Piscotty. Dan Johnson would connect with a two run home run one batter later. Jacob Wilson hit an RBI single three batters later and Ty Kelly a sacrifice fly two batters after that to give the Redbirds a 5-0 lead after one inning.

The Bees would score in the top of the third but Jacob Wilson connected on a solo shot in the bottom of the third to extend the lead to 6-1. Wilson would come through again the bottom of the fourth on a two RBI single making the score 8-1 Redbirds. The Bees scored again in the top of the fifth but that would conclude the scoring as the Redbirds were victorious 8-2.

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  • Starting pitcher in Game 2 for the Redbirds was Heath Wyatt who pitched into the third inning. Final stats for him were 2 2/3 innings giving up one hit, one run, three walks, and had two strikeouts. Keith Butler finished out the third and pitched into the fifth inning. Final stats were 1 2/3 innings giving up four hits, one run, and had two strikeouts.

    Finishing out the fifth inning and the game was Dean Kiekhefer who was awarded the win. He pitched 2 2/3 innings while only giving up one hit and had two strikeouts. Kiekhefer brings his record to 1-1 this season.

    The Redbirds begin a four game series with the Las Vegas 51s on Tuesday. Starting pitcher for the Redbirds will be Tim Cooney. Matt Bowman will oppose him for the 51s. First pitch is set for 7:05 CT.

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