New Orleans, LA – Tommy Pham blasted a pair of home runs, but it wasn’t enough as the New Orleans Baby Cakes (1-2) scored seven runs against the Memphis Redbirds (2-1) bullpen to earn a 9-3 victory at the Shrine on Airline Saturday afternoon.
Pham provided all of the offense in Memphis’ first defeat of the 2017 season. Trailing 2-0 in the sixth inning, the outfielder slammed a two-run shot to left-center field, knotting the score at two. He added a solo shot the opposite way in the eighth for the Redbirds’ first multi-homer game of the season and first since Randal Grichuk hit a pair at Omaha on June 30, 2016.
Chris Ellis authored a strong start in his organizational debut, earning a no-decision. He ceded just two runs, both coming in the last of the fourth on a pair of RBI doubles from Tomas Telis and J.T. Riddle. Ellis was taken off the hook thanks to Pham’s first blast and lasted five innings overall, allowing the two runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout.
New Orleans didn’t waste any time retaking the lead after Pham’s first home run, scoring four tallies in the last of the sixth against Thomas Lee. The Baby Cakes added a run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh and a two-run homer from Isaac Galloway in the eighth to account for the final margin.
Aside from Pham, Luke Voit provided a multi-hit game for Memphis, collecting his first hits of the season in a 2-for-3 effort, including a double.
Vance Worley earned a no-decision in his first start with the Baby Cakes, tossing five scoreless frames. Clayton Mortensen earned the victory for New Orleans despite allowing the two-run blast to Pham in the top of the sixth.
Memphis and New Orleans continue their five-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00. The Redbirds return to Memphis for their home opener on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.