MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Nick Martini hit a walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Memphis Redbirds a 2-1 win over the Round Rock Express (Rangers) in the series finale Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park.
With the win, Memphis has won six-straight games and 14-of-16 overall, and the Redbirds maintain the best record in Triple-A Baseball at 60-33. The Redbirds allowed a total of five runs in four games against Round Rock (41-53) and have surrendered three runs or fewer in seven-straight games and 15 of the last 18.
The game unfolded exactly as Friday's game did, with Memphis trailing 1-0 until the bottom of the eighth for the second time in three games. Alberto Rosario singled home Alex Mejia in the bottom of the eighth, setting up Martini's game-winner to right field in the top of the ninth. Carson Kelly hit a walk-off single to beat the Express Friday night after the Redbirds scored a run in the eighth to tie the game as well.
The Redbirds had multiple clutch plays defensively Sunday afternoon, with Breyvic Valera and Patrick Wisdom relaying home to Rosario to cut down a runner at the plate in the fifth, and Wilfredo Tovar firing home to Rosario on a ground ball in the top of the ninth to keep the score tied at 1.
After Jack Flaherty gave up one run on five hits in 4.2 innings, Mike Mayers , Zach Duke , Mark Montgomery , and Ryan Sherriff tossed 4.1 shutout innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. Mayers, Duke, and Montgomery put down 10-straight Express in their innings, with Montgomery striking out the side in the eighth.
With the win, the Redbirds take the season series from Round Rock 14-2 and won the final 10 games against the Express.
Memphis heads to Oklahoma City for four games tomorrow-Thursday before returning to AutoZone Park for eight games running Friday through Friday the 28th.
Next Games at AutoZone Park
The next homestand (July 21-28) includes:
Friday, July 21 (7:05 p.m.): Harry Potter Night, Friday Night Block Party featuring a band and $2 beers in the Plaza before the game
Saturday, July 22 (6:35 p.m.): postgame fireworks presented by Tennessee Lottery, fidget spinner giveaway to the first 1,500 fans courtesy of Prairie Farms Dairy, Princess and Pirate Night with eye patch or tiara specialty ticket, Saturday Night Party in the Plaza featuring a band and $2 beers before the game
Sunday, July 23 (2:05 p.m.): 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, pregame player autographs inside the main gates (subject to change or cancellation)
Monday, July 24 (7:05 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 25 (7:05 p.m.): King Cotton $1 Hot Dog Night
Wednesday, July 26 (7:05 p.m.)
Thursday, July 27 (7:05 p.m.): All-You-Can-Eat Thursday featuring wings plus ballpark favorite hot dogs and sides, Thirsty Thursday with select $2 beers, College Night with $5 Left Field TruGreen Bluff tickets available for college students with a valid college ID
Friday, July 28 (7:05 p.m.): Ladies Night presented by Ideal Image featuring Luke Pell from "The Bachelorette" with multiple specialty ticket experiences, Friday Night Block Party featuring a band and $2 beers in the Plaza before the game
For information on upcoming promotions, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/promotions. For more information on single-game tickets and ticket mini-memberships, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/tickets.
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