Redbirds Rally to Win Home Finale
MEMPHIS, TN - Memphis finished off their regular season home schedule with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over New Orleans Thursday afternoon at AutoZone Park.
The Redbirds had just five hits going into the eighth inning before rallying for three runs on a pair of hits and a timely balk to come back and win their 80th game of the year. Adron Chambers reached on an error to lead off the inning and scored on Daniel Descalso's single to right field. With runners on first and third Zephyrs relief pitcher Bryan Peterson balked in the tying run. New Orleans manager Greg Norton was ejected arguing the call. Allen Craig then delivered the winning-run with a sacrifice fly to left field. Josh Kinney worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off the victory and earn his 16th save of the year.
Reliever Rich Rundles picked up the win recording just two outs in the eighth inning. Peterson took the loss giving up three runs on two hits in the eighth inning. Memphis starter P.J. Walters struck out 10 and allowed two runs on six hits over 5.1 innings.
The 'Birds join Memphis' 2000 team as the only clubs in franchise history to win 80 games. The Redbirds won a franchise record 83 games en route to their first Pacific Coast League championship in 2000.
The Redbirds begin an important four-game series at Iowa tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Memphis began the day one game back of the division-leading I-Cubs, who play at Albuquerque tonight. Brandon Dickson will be on the bump for the 'Birds against Iowa's Chris Carpenter. For playoff ticket information call 901.721.6000 or visit memphisredbirds.com.
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