COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - Memphis took the series opener against Colorado Springs on Friday night behind a five-run sixth inning, grabbing a 9-3 victory.
Oscar Taveras (1-4, R, RBI) extended his hitting streak to 16 games in the first inning. With the single, Taveras' streak became
The Redbirds scored first for the eleventh time this season, striking in the first inning. Shane Robinson (3-5, 2B, RBI, R) ripped a one-out double to left field, Taveras followed with a single and Memphis took the 1-0 lead.
They did more damage two innings later when Jermaine Curtis (1-3, BB, R) posted a lead-off walk and came around to score after Robinson lined a single to left.
Colorado Springs answered with runs in the fourth and fifth. Drew Garcia recorded a walk in the fourth and came around to score when Kyle Parker reached on an error. Angelys Nina hustled a triple out in the fifth and came around to score when Jackson Williams doubled. After five frames, the two teams were knotted at two.
Memphis responded in the sixth inning though, coming alive for five runs. Robinson and Stephen Piscotty (2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI) both singled, Audry Perez (1-4, 2B, BB, R, RBI) walked and Pete Kozma (1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R) came through with the bases loaded, belting a two- run double. Xavier Scruggs (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R) then made it back-to-back doubles with a line drive to left field that plated Perez and Kozma. The Redbirds tacked one more on the scoreboard when Curtis singled and Scruggs scored. It was the third time Memphis has scored five runs in an inning and the last since the season-opening series at Iowa on April 4.
Zach Petrick (W, 1-1, 5.29) earned his first Triple-A win, posting another quality start for Memphis. The right-hander tossed six innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits. Nick Greenwood (3.00) pitched two scoreless innings in relief and Heath Wyatt (6.75) did not allow a run in the ninth inning.
The Redbirds added two more runs in the seventh, highlighted by Piscotty and Perez hitting back-to-back doubles, and put their lead at 9-3.
Memphis continues their four-game set against Colorado Springs tomorrow with a 7:05 pm first pitch. Memphis will send out right-hander Scott McGregor (0-4, 7.04) and the Sky Sox will counter with Christian Bergman (3-1, 6.35).