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Redbirds avoid sweep with dramatic win over Jumbo Shrimp

Liberatore strikes out 10, Black gets save with bases loaded

by Alex Coil

The Memphis Redbirds avoided the sweep, taking the finale of a six-game series from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at 121 Financial Ballpark on Sunday night by the final score of 2-1.

Starting pitcher Matthew Liberatore was nothing short of phenomenal on Sunday night, tossing six innings of one-run baseball. The left-handed pitcher allowed just two hits and struck out a season-high 10 batters to earn his fifth win of the season.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, reliever Grant Black induced a fielder’s choice and struck out Victor Victor Mesa to end the game and record his first Triple-A save of the season.

On the hitting side, designated hitter Austin Allen drilled his first home run as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization to put Memphis ahead 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning. With the game tied in the seventh and the bases loaded, second baseman Roberto Baldoquin extended his season-high hitting streak to four games and put the Redbirds ahead for good.

First baseman Luken Baker was the lone Memphis hitter to reach base safely twice on Sunday, going 1-for-3 with a walk. Baker did not strike out for the fifth consecutive game, a season high for the right-handed hitter. He also reached base safely in each game of the series. 

The Memphis Redbirds (55-49) return home to AutoZone Park on Tuesday, August 9th to take on the Indianapolis Indians, Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, for game one of a six-game series with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT. 

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