Memphis Redbirds set franchise records in runs and hits in 24-7 win

MEMPHIS (Memphis Redbirds) - The Redbirds scored early and often en route to a historic game as they defeated the RedHawks 24-7 on Sunday night at AutoZone Park.

"We just tried to go out and play the game hard, like we do every night," Steven Hill said. "It's nice to set records and have a great offensive night, but it's even better when the whole team contributed to it."

Memphis starter Brandon Dickson improved to 5-8 on the year as he scattered two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts over six innings of work.

Oklahoma City's Paul Clemens fell to 8-8 on the year as he allowed eight runs, three earned, on 10 hits in three innings.

Mark Hamilton, who finished 2-for-4 with four RBI, got things started for the 'Birds when he smashed a two-run home run to right field in the first inning.

Travis Buck put the 'Hawks on the board with his solo home run in the second, but Memphis would respond with five more runs in the second as well, increasing the lead to 7-1.

Memphis opened up the flood gates in the fourth inning as both Steven Hill, 5-for-5 with five RBI, and Pete Kozma, 4-for-6 with a double and five RBI, smashed grand slams in the inning while setting two Memphis Redbirds' records.

"We got a huge spark, right out of the gate, with Hamilton's home run," said Pete Kozma. "After that inning we all just showed what we could do."

The Redbirds would tack on seven more runs in the seventh inning, and despite a late offensive charge by the RedHawks in the seventh and eighth innings, would go on to set franchise records in hits (24) and runs (24) while the two grand slams accounted for two new Memphis' records. They marked the first time that the 'Birds hit two grand slams in one game and it was also the first time it was done in the same inning.

The Redbirds and RedHawks conclude their four-game series on Monday, July 23, at 7:05 p.m. (CT) at AZP.