Memphis had already clinched the American Southern Division title and had nothing to gain in the final game of the Pacific Coast League season Monday against the New Orleans Zephyrs.
However, instead of taking first-pitch swings and just getting out of town, the Redbirds fought back from deficits in the fourth and seventh innings before snapping a 6-6 tie in the top of the 10th at Zephyr Field.
“We didn’t want to go into the playoffs having lost three in a row,” said Redbirds manager Ron “Pop” Warner. “These guys come to play every day, and they didn’t feel good about about losing those two games.”
The Redbirds scored the winning run with two outs. Tommy Pham walked, then went to second when reliever Edgar Olmos’ pickoff attempt hit first-base umpire Nick Mahrley. Ed Easley then smashed a hard grounder down the third-base line, scoring Pham.