MEMPHIS, Tennessee – The Memphis Redbirds picked up right where they left off in the second-half opener Thursday night at AutoZone Park, taking down the Round Rock Express (Rangers) 6-2 for their 11th win in the last 13 games.
The Redbirds (57-33) entered the day with the best record in Triple-A Baseball and as one of four teams in all of Minor League Baseball with 56-plus wins on the season.
Led by Marco Gonzales, three Redbirds hurlers limited the Express (41-50) to three hits. After a walk and two singles led to two runs in the first inning, Gonzales retired 14-straight hitters and ended the night working 6.0 innings with eight strikeouts. On his current five-start winning streak, Gonzales has a 1.69 ERA (6er/32.0ip).
Patrick Wisdom provided the big blast with a three-run home run in the second, his 18th of the season, which gave Memphis a 3-2 lead. Breyvic Valera was 3-for-4 with two runs scored for his ninth multi-hit game in the last 18 contests, and Aledmys Diaz and Rangel Ravelo each had two hits and drove in a run.
Zach Duke and Mark Montgomery followed Gonzales with 3.0 shutout innings to finish the game.
The Redbirds have won seven-straight games against Round Rock and lead the season series, 11-2.
Memphis and the Express continue their four-game set tomorrow night at 7:05.
Next Games at AutoZone Park
The homestand continues with:
Friday, July 14 (7:05 p.m.): Stubby Clapp Backflip Bobblehead giveaway to first 1,500 fans, presented by Campbell Clinic, Friday Night Block Party featuring a band and $2 beers in the Plaza before the game
Saturday, July 15 (6:35 p.m.): postgame fireworks, Christmas in July with a Redbirds Christmas Ornament specialty ticket, Saturday Night Party in the Plaza with a band and $2 beers before the game
Sunday, July 16 (2:05 p.m.): Kids eat free as part of Rockey’s Birthday Celebration, Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday with free ice cream to the first 2,500 kids ages 12 and under upon entering, Kids Run the Bases after the game, pregame player autographs inside the main gates (subject to change or cancellation)