MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Redbirds took advantage of a few Zephyrs mistakes Sunday, grabbed an early lead, then held on to defeat the Zephyrs 5-2 to complete the three game sweep.
The Zephyrs committed two fielding errors that helped the Redbirds reel off their fourth consecutive win. In the first inning with the bases loaded, Memphis’ Tommy Pham doubled off the wall to score a pair of runs. Greg Garcia led the Birds with three hits.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly made a rehab start and allowed one run in 4.1 innings. Dean Kiekhefer (1-2) earned the win, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings in relief.
The Zephyrs fell behind early trailing 4-0 when the offense got going. The Z’s scored a run in the fifth inning, and Juan Diaz homered in the seventh. The Z’s rallied in the ninth, but Jorge Rondon shut it down to earn his second save.
Alex Sanabia (3-3) took the defeat for the Zephyrs.
The Zephyrs have dropped five straight and finished a stretch of divisional games 2-9. New Orleans has fallen to third place, 3½ games behind Nashville, after being three games up on first place 10 days ago.
The Redbirds sweep is their first of the season and it’s the second time the Zephyrs have been swept in a series. ... The Zephyrs added left-handed reliever Donnie Joseph from the Kansas City Royals organization. He was acquired in a trade last week. ... Mark Canha snapped a string of 31 consecutive starts. He had started every game since June 2. ... Memphis stole four bases to match a season high.
Major League Baseball announced its All Star selections, and a pair of former Zephyrs were named to the National League team. Outfielder Carlos Gomez (2007) was named a starter from the Milwaukee Brewers, and second baseman Daniel Murphy (2008) from the New York Mets was named a backup.
WHO: Zephyrs at RedHawks
WHEN: 7:05 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City
PROBABLE STARTERS: Zephyrs right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (1-2, 3.62) against Redhawks right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (6-5, 4.20).
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1