It wasn’t looking good for the Memphis Redbirds early, as the pitching staff gave up up three runs in the top of the first inning. But thanks to solid pitching through the rest of the game and the bats coming alive, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A club was able to pull out a 4-3 win over Las Vegas Wednesday night.
After half an inning, it looked like it was going to be a long night for Redbirds starter Zach Petrick. The right-hander gave up three runs in the top half of the first to give the 51s an early 3-0 lead. Greg Garcia hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second to bring the lead down to 3-1. Garcia went 2-for-4 in the game to increase his already team-leading .313 batting average.
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Another RBI single in the bottom of the fourth by Cody Stanley brought the Redbirds within one run at 3-2. The Redbirds took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run shot by Dan Johnson, his fourth homer on the season. That concluded the scoring in the game as the Redbirds took home the 4-3 victory.
Petrick (4-3) was awarded the win in the game, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits, while striking out seven in seven innings of work. Miguel Socolovich came in and pitched a perfect eighth inning, with two strikeouts in the process. Sam Tuivailala pitched the ninth and walked one, but struck out the other three batters he faced for his sixth save of the season.
but would strike out the other three batters he faced for his sixth save of the season.
First pitch is set for 7:05 CT.