Memphis began where it left off in the previous game in shutting with strong pitching and big hits to beat New Orleans for the second consecutive game.
Redbirds starter Seth Maness (2-0) shutout the Zephyrs on five hits over 6.1 innings before Ben Lasater hit a two-run homer to left. By then, however, Memphis had plated six runs.
The Z’s trailed 7-3 in the seventh and had the bases loaded with two out against reliever Jorge Randon, but Nick Green flied out to center field.
The Redbirds jumped on Zephyrs starter Jacob Turner (0-2) for three runs in the first inning. The uprising came with two outs. Top prospect Oscar Taveras sliced an opposite-field double past third base. Brock Peterson then singled off the glove of Zephyrs shortstop Green. Jamie Romak followed with a three-run homer to left.
Redbirds built on the lead in the fourth and fifth.
Memphis scored in the fourth when Z’s right fielder Bryan Petersen dropped a fly ball that would have been the third out. The error enabled Romak to score from second and push the lead to 4-0.
The Redbirds needed no such help in the fifth. Justin Christian led off with a walk, Taveras smashed a one-out, opposite-field homer to left, and it was 6-0.
Lasater’s homer, his third of the season, came after Petersen beat out an infield single to second.
Memphis scored again in the seventh when Greg Garcia’s infield hit scored Kolten Wong from third. Wong had led off the inning with a double.
New Orleans answered in the inning when Wilson Valdez came home on Koyle Hill’s single, but the Z’s were unable to get the big inning they needed.
What: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Memphis Redbirds
Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie
When: 7 p.m.
Broadcast: WMTI 106.1 FM
Probable pitchers: Zephyrs RH Elih Villanueva (0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. Redbirds RH Michael Wacha ((1-0, 4.00).
Get your drink on, Sudsy-Wudsy!
Sponsored by Budweiser, tonight is Thirsty Thursday. Soft drinks and draft beer are $1 and a can of beer $2 all game long.
It is also Pub Crawl Night.
Wacha, 21, is a 6-foot-6 right-hander who has moved quickly in the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league system.
After leaving Texas A&M after his junior year, he reached Class AA in half a season. Then in 11 appearances at AA Springfield, he gave up just eight hits and two runs in 21 innings, notching 40 strikeouts.
He made a bid to be brought up to the big-league club perhaps sooner than later last month when he had arguably the best spring training among Cardinals pitchers. In 11 innings over five games, he allowed one earned run on seven hits. Of the 44 batters he faced, he fanned 15.
Pacific Coast League
American North Division
W L Pct. GB
Memphis 6 5 .545 —
Omaha 7 6 .538 —
Nashville 4 8 .333 2½
Iowa 4 9 .308 3
American South Division
W L Pct. GB
Albuquerque 8 5 .615 —
Round Rock 8 5 .615 —
New Orleans 6 5 .545 1
Oklahoma City 6 6 .500 1½
Pacific North Division
W L Pct. GB
Salt Lake 10 3 .769 —
Colorado Springs 7 6 .538 3
Tacoma 6 7 .462 4
Reno 5 9 .357 5½
Pacific South Division
W L Pct. GB
Fresno 8 5 .615 —
Sacramento 7 6 .538 1
Las Vegas 6 7 .462 2
Tucson 3 9 .250 4½
Nashville at Iowa, ppd., rain
Reno 8, Colorado Springs 7
Albuquerque at Omaha, ppd., rain
Memphis 8, New Orleans 3
Round Rock at Oklahoma City, n
Fresno at Tacoma, n
Sacramento at Las Vegas, n
Salt Lake at Tucson, n
Copyright © 2014, Capital City Press LLC • 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810 • All Rights Reserved