OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – The Memphis Redbirds had the tying run on second and the go-ahead run on first in the top of the ninth but could not push anything across in a 4-3 defeat to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (Dodgers) Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.
Chad Huffman hit a leadoff home run in the ninth to bring the Redbirds (61-35) within a run, and Breyvic Valera followed with a single while Wilfredo Tovar walked with two outs. But Alex Mejia grounded into a force out to end the game and give the Redbirds back-to-back losses for the first time since losing three-straight games June 25-27.
Carson Kelly was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, and Valera had two hits. Mejia and Adolis Garcia both doubled in the contest.
John Gant started and took the loss, working 5.1 innings and surrendering four runs on six hits. He struck out seven and walked two. Mike Mayers and Zach Duke followed with 1.2 and 1.0 innings of scoreless relief, respectively, striking out four combined.
Duke has now tossed 6.0 shutout innings in six injury rehabilitation appearances with the Redbirds.
The Redbirds left nine runners on base in the game.
With two particular zeros in the game, two long streaks for the Redbirds reached seven full games and parts of an eighth. The club has now playing 68.0-straight errorless innings, and the bullpen has not allowed a run in 26.0-consecutive frames.
The Redbirds and Dodgers play once more tomorrow night at 7:05, before Memphis returns to AutoZone Park for eight games against Las Vegas and Salt Lake running Friday through Friday the 28th.
Next Games at AutoZone Park
The next homestand (July 21-28) includes:
Friday, July 21 (7:05 p.m.): Harry Potter Night, Friday Night Block Party featuring a band and $2 beers in the Plaza before the game
Saturday, July 22 (6:35 p.m.): postgame fireworks presented by Tennessee Lottery, fidget spinner giveaway to the first 1,500 fans courtesy of Prairie Farms Dairy, Princess and Pirate Night with eye patch or tiara specialty ticket, Saturday Night Party in the Plaza featuring a band and $2 beers before the game
Sunday, July 23 (2:05 p.m.): 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)
Monday, July 24 (7:05 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 25 (7:05 p.m.): King Cotton $1 Hot Dog Night
Wednesday, July 26 (7:05 p.m.)
Thursday, July 27 (7:05 p.m.): All-You-Can-Eat Thursday featuring wings plus ballpark favorite hot dogs and sides, Thirsty Thursday with select $2 beers, College Night with $5 Left Field TruGreen Bluff tickets available for college students with a valid college ID