Redbirds sweep Fresno to increase lead

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MEMPHIS, Tenn–The Memphis Redbirds gave their fans an outstanding sendoff on Wednesday evening at AutoZone Park, closing out their 2014 regular season home slate with a 5-4 victory over the visiting Fresno Grizzlies in the finale of a four-game series.

Combined with the Nashville loss, Memphis takes a three-game lead in the PCL American Southern Division. The Redbirds end their regular season with a five-game road trip at New Orleans (Triple-A Marlins) beginning Thursday. Second-place Nashville travels to Round Rock (Triple-A Rangers) for a six-game, five-day series.
The win gave the Redbirds their fourth series sweep and first four-game sweep of the season. Memphis finished the homestand with a 6-2 record against Sacramento and Fresno. Memphis is 9-9 in regular season home finales since 1998.
Redbirds starter Tim Cooney (14-6) was dominant from the hill, allowing one run on five hits over six innings of work to earn his franchise-record 14thwin. In his team-leading 16th quality start, the left-hander walked none, struck out four, and went 2-for-2 with a double and one RBI from the dish.
Larry Luebbers’(1999) and Lance Lynn’s (2010) held the previous record of 13 victories.
Brandon Hicks gave the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead in the second inning with his fourth homer of the season, a solo line drive over the left field wall.
Memphis took a 2-1 lead in the third. With Cooney and Pham in scoring position due to a two-base throwing error, Scott Moore lined a two-run single to left center. Cooney helped his own cause with an RBI double in the fourth inning, scoring Rafael Ortega.
The Redbirds cashed in a pair of walks four a couple of insurance runs in the sixth for a 5-1 advantage. With Pete Kozma and Ortega in scoring position, pinch hitterJermaine Curtis knocked a broken-bat single to center to plate both runs.
Fresno scored three late runs over the final two frames, beginning with Gary Brown reaching on an eighth-inning groundout, stealing second and third base, and scoring on an infield groundout.
Trevor Brown’s two-run single up the middle brought the Grizzlies within one run in the ninth before. Kevin Siegrist stopped the rally by recording the final two outs for his first save of the season.
Memphis concludes its regular season with a five-game road trip at the New Orleans Zephyrs beginning at 7 pm on Friday. Left-hander Jonathan Cornelius (0-1, 3.38) will toe the rubber in the series opener against New Orleans right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (2-3, 2.84).