Redbirds Rally in Ninth to Top 'Cakes, 7-6
Luke Voit's two-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Memphis Redbirds to a 7-6 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Monday night.
Memphis claimed four of five games in the season-opening series.
The Baby Cakes erased an early four-run deficit to take a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but Memphis rallied against Hunter Cervenka. After Matt den Dekker made a leaping grab in center field to take extra bases and possible game-tying home run away from Patrick Wisdom leading off the frame, Harrison Bader walked. One out later, Voit's towering drive to center field was too deep for den Dekker to nab, and the Redbirds regained the lead.
New Orleans was not done yet, as Steve Lombardozzi drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth and advanced to third with two outs before Rowan Wick (1-0) induced a soft line out from Tomas Telis to end the game.
It was all Redbirds early on, with Memphis taking a 4-0 lead in the second inning. Voit's double in the first cashed in a one-out single by Tommy Pham, the fourth time in five games in the series the Redbirds scored in the opening frame.
Memphis added three runs in the second against 'Cakes starter Stephen Fife when Pham cleared the bases with a two-out double into the left field corner.
Pham finished the series 10-for-25 with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI, while Voit went 8-for-15 with three doubles, two homers and six RBI.
The Baby Cakes used the long ball to chip away at the lead. den Dekker's two-run shot in the bottom of the second sliced their deficit in half, and Destin Hood and Matt Juengel each slugged their first home runs of the season in the fourth to draw the 'Cakes even at 5-5.
The game remained deadlocked into the eighth, when Hood reached on an infield single to lead off, his fourth hit of the night. Hood then stole second, and with two outs, scored on a check swing infield single by Juengel to give New Orleans its first lead.
Cervenka (0-1) was unable to hold the advantage, suffering the Baby Cakes' third blown save of the series. Fife scattered five runs and eight hits across five innings.
The Baby Cakes hit the road for the first time this season, opening a four-game series in Des Moines against the Iowa Cubs on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:38 p.m.
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