OMAHA, Nebraska – Austin Gomber tied the franchise record with 16 strikeouts, and the Memphis Redbirds (15-4) scored three runs in the first inning and finished a three-game sweep of the Iowa Cubs (Cubs) with a 3-0 win Monday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa.
Gomber whiffed 16 in 8.0 innings of work, and he did not issue a walk. An incredible 85 of his 112 pitches went for strikes, 75.9 percent, and after the first three Cubs of the game reached based he retired 16-straight hitters into the sixth inning. The 16 strikeouts matched Lance Lynn for the franchise’s single-game record, with Lynn fanning 16 in the playoffs at Oklahoma City on Sept. 10, 2010.
The 16 punchouts came in Gomber’s fourth-career Triple-A start and bettered his previous career high of 11.
The Redbirds accounted for all of the game’s scoring in the first inning, when Oscar Mercado doubled and scored on a Max Schrock single before Yairo Munoz clubbed a two-run home run a couple of batters later. Munoz finished 2-for-4 with the two RBI, and Schrock was 2-for-3 with a walk.
After Gomber’s day was done, Mike Mayers came on and retired the Cubs on six pitches in the ninth inning to pick up the save.