MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Luis Mateo hit an RBI single to score Jermaine Curtis in the bottom of the sixth inning to post a 2-1 victory over Iowa Cubs on Thursday afternoon at AutoZone Park in the completion of game two of Wednesday night's doubleheader that was suspended early Thursday morning.
Both Redbirds wins during the twinbill sweep of Iowa were of last-at-bat fashion. Xavier Scruggs went deep to end the first game last night, and Mateo came through in the clutch before last night's PCL curfew came into effect.
Greg Garcia led off the bottom of the first inning with his sixth homer of the season and first since April 21, a solo shot to center off Carlos Pimentel.
Iowa knotted the contest in the third with an RBI triple from Arismendy Alcantara, a line drive over Oscar Taveras' head that scored Luis Flores.
Starter Nick Greenwood was charged one run in three innings. Jorge Rondon (2-1) tossed two scoreless innings last night for the win. Closer David Aardsma resumed Thursday's game by hurling a scoreless frame to convert his team-leading eighth save of the season.
Iowa's Marcus Hatley (1-1) gave up the late run to Memphis and came away with the defeat.
Thursday evening's regularly scheduled game between the two teams will be a nine-inning contest and nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network as the Minor League Baseball "Game of the Week." Gates will open at 6:00 p.m.
The Redbirds will be offering $3 Budweiser and Bud Light drafts, $2 popcorn, and $1 hot dogs courtesy of Bimbo Bakeries at concession stands. Fans can also receive a $5.29 discount off of Field Box tickets, courtesy of TNStars® College Savings 529 Program.
Left-hander Tim Cooney (4-4, 4.42) will man the bump for Memphis to face Iowa left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2, 2.35).