Redbirds Win 7-3 In Round Rock, End Three-Game Skid
The Memphis Redbirds topped the division-rival Round Rock Express by a 7-3 score behind a Jacob Wilson three-run home run and seven strong innings from Tyler Lyons on Monday at the Dell Diamond.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid by the Redbirds and trimmed Round Rock’s first-place lead to 4.0 games in the PCL American Southern Division.
Lyons (8-5) continued his success against Round Rock in his career, striking out eight while allowing two runs over seven innings for the win. In seven career starts since 2012, the southpaw is a now combined 6-1 with a 1.10 ERA (6er/49.0ip) and 48 strikeouts.
Outfielder Tommy Pham drove in a pair and added two more hits for his fifth multi-hit effort in his last seven games. Outfielder Rafael Ortega recorded three hits and scored two runs from the leadoff spot.
Wilson hit his 10th home run of the season as the Redbirds jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Round Rock starter Russ Wolf. The first run of the evening came on a wild pitch before Wilson sent Wolf’s 1-2 offering over the left field wall for a three-run home run.
Both teams traded runs in the second inning, beginning with Pham’s sacrifice fly to score Ortega for a 5-0 lead. Round Rock got the run back with a Tyler Pastornicky RBI single.
The Redbirds added two insurance runs in the seventh, beginning with Matt Williams singling, moving to second on a base hit, stealing third, and coming home on a Round Rock wild pitch. Ortega would score the second run on a Pham RBI hit to center.
The Express scored their final run of the evening on a Thomas Field solo home run in the eighth.
The Redbirds and Express wrap up their season series at 7:05pm CT on Tuesday night at the Dell Diamond. Left-hander Nick Greenwood (10-3, 4.90) toes the rubber in the series finale for the Redbirds against Texas Rangers rehabbing left-hander Derek Holland (0-1, 10.80).