OMAHA, Nebraska – Luke Weaver was sensational in his first start since Opening Day after coming off the Disabled List earlier in the day, and the Memphis Redbirds held on for their fifth-straight win with 2-1 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) Tuesday night in Omaha, Neb.
Weaver worked 6.0 shutout innings for Memphis (15-11), allowing three hits without a walk and striking out five. He needed just 63 pitches to get through the 6.0 frames, and he tossed 47 strikes. Coupling Weaver's start with Mike Mayers' yesterday afternoon, the last two Redbird starters have worked 12.0 shutout innings and allowed just five hits.
Luke Voit was 3-for-4 with a crucial home run in the eighth inning to give the Redbirds some breathing room at 2-0. The home run was his sixth of the year, and he has now driven in 17 runs.Patrick Wisdom tripled and scored on a Paul DeJong sacrifice fly in the second inning to account for the Memphis scoring on the night. Jorge Soler had two hits for Omaha (13-11).
Weaver finished his night retired the final 11 Storm Chasers he faced and 14 of the final 15 overall. He handed the ball to Mike Montgomery, who worked the seventh and the eighth innings and gave up only one hit.
The Storm Chasers scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to bring the score to 2-1, but thanks to Voit's eighth-inning home run, the Redbirds held on after Josh Lucas stranded the tying run on base in getting out of the inning.
Todd Cunningham was 1-for-4 from the leadoff spot and extended his hitting streak to seven games. DeJong ended the night 1-for-3 and has hit safely in 19 of his 22 starts this season.
Next Games at AutoZone Park
The upcoming homestand (May 11-18) includes:
Thursday, May 11 (7:05 p.m.): All-You-Can-Eat Thursday specialty ticket, featuring burgers, plus Thirsty Thursday with select $2 beers, and College Night with $5 Left Field TruGreen Bluff tickets for college students
Friday, May 12 (7:05 p.m.): Armed Forces Celebration, plus a Friday Night Block Party featuring a band and $2 beers in the Plaza before the game
Saturday, May 13 (6:35 p.m.): Game Night, plus postgame fireworks, and a Saturday Night Party in the Plaza featuring a band and $2 beers before the game
Sunday, May 14 (2:05 p.m.): Mother's Day at the ballpark, plus Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday for kids 12 and under, and kids run the bases after the game
Monday, May 15 (6:35 p.m.)
Tuesday, May 16 (11:05 a.m.): Education Day with a special game time of 11:05 a.m., plus King Cotton $1 Hot Dog Day
Wednesday, May 17 (11:05 a.m.): Education Day with a special game time of 11:05 a.m.