MEMPHIS, Tenn–Randal Grichuk and Xavier Scruggs each homered and recorded multiple-hit efforts as the Memphis Redbirds scored five unanswered runs in a 5-3 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Wednesday night at AutoZone Park.
Scruggs’ (2-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R) 11thhomer of the season extended the slugger’s hitting streak to five games. Grichuk (3-for-4, HR, RBI, R) hit his team-leading 18th homer of the season, a game-tying blast in the sixth. The Redbirds are 14-3 when Grichuk goes yard.
Matt Fields gave the Storm Chasers a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning with his 19thhomer of the season. Redbird starter Tyler Lyons (4-1) yielded four of his eight hits of the evening in the inning, but held the Storm Chasers scoreless over his next five frames for the win.
Memphis answered with two runs in the next frame for a 3-2 deficit, beginning with Scruggs going deep on the sixth pitch of the inning from Omaha starter Joe Saunders (0-3). The club scored their next run as Jermaine Curtis hit an infield groundout to score Scott Moore from third.
The Redbirds went ahead at 5-3 in the sixth, beginning with Grichuk’s game-tying solo homer into the Redbirds bullpen that barely cleared the glove of Omaha center fielder Paulo Orlando. After Stephen Piscotty (1-for-3, R, BB) walked and advanced to third on a Moore sacrifice bunt, Pete Kozma (1-for-3, RBI) gave the club the lead with a sacrifice fly to center. Memphis tacked on its final run of the game as Ed Easleyhit a ball through the wickets at third base that allowed Scruggs to score from second.
Lyons struck out five while scattering eight hits for three runs over seven innings. It was the second straight win and third quality start of the season for the left-hander.
Jorge Rondon closed out the final two frames with three strikeouts for his third save of the season.