MEMPHIS, Tennessee - The division-champion Memphis Redbirds tied the franchise record for wins in a season (2000) with their 83rd triumph Saturday night at AutoZone Park, 4-0 over the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins), which came in front of the season's second-largest crowd of 10,532.
The shutout win was Memphis' fifth of the season, and the Redbirds improve to 83-44 with the win. The Redbirds are 37-13 in their last 50 games.
Patrick Wisdom hit his 28th home run of the season in the second inning and his second in two games, which ties him with Nick Stavinoha (2011) for eighth-most in a season in franchise history. Aledmys Diaz was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Alex Mejia had a two-run double of his own.
John Gant picked up his fifth win in his last six starts with 6.0 shutout innings, allowing six hits and striking out five. The Redbirds turned a pair of double plays in the game and stranded nine Baby Cakes on the bases. Miguel Socolovich and Sean Gilmartin followed Gant with 3.0 scoreless innings of relief.
Memphis put the game away with three runs in the third inning, which turned a 1-0 lead into a 4-0 advantage.
The Redbirds and Baby Cakes continue their series tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. The series, and Memphis' eight-game homestand, runs through Tuesday.
Playoff tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.memphisredbirds.com/playoffs, over the phone at (901) 721-6000, and at the AutoZone Park Box Office.
Next Games at AutoZone Park
The current homestand (Aug. 15-22) continues with:
Sunday, Aug. 20 (2:05 p.m.): Team Photo giveaway presented by Amtrak (1,500 fans), Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday with free ice cream to the first 2,500 kids ages 12 and under upon entering, Kids Run the Bases after the game, ticket special for the all-inclusive Redbird Club
Monday, Aug. 21 (11:52 a.m.): Southern College of Optometry Eclipse Day with free eclipse glasses to the first 5,000 fans
Tuesday, Aug. 22 (6:35 p.m.): King Cotton $1 Hot Dog Night, ticket special for the all-inclusive Owner's Seats, located right beside the Redbirds' dugout
For information on upcoming promotions, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/promotions. For more information on single-game tickets, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/tickets.
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