Memphis, T enn. — Matt Juengel drilled a first-inning two-run home run but it was not enough as the Memphis Redbirds defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs 3-2 in the second game of the series.
The Zephyrs dropped their second consecutive one-run game and 19 of their games have been decided by a run. The Z’s are 10-9 in one run games and have played the third most in the PCL this season.
Redbirds starting pitcher Alex Reyes dominated. The 21-year old St. Louis Cardinals prospect hit the first batter of the game and then allowed the home run. He did not allow another hit in his six innings and struck out 11 in his first Triple-A win.
Memphis scratched out a pair of runs in the fourth inning to tie the game. The Z’s had an opportunity in the sixth with a runner on third base with one out but failed to score, and the Redbirds capitalized in the bottom of the inning for the winning run. Michael McKenry tripled to lead off and scored on a Matt Williams infield hit.
Chris Narveson pitched 5.2 innings and took the loss for New Orleans. The Z’s managed just three hits.
Memphis improves to 22-28 and New Orleans falls to 21-30.
The 11 strikeouts by a pitcher against the Zephyrs is the most since Seth Lugo punched out 12 Zephyrs last season in Las Vegas.
The start of the game was delayed by rain. The 65 minute rain-delay was the Zephyrs fourth delay of the season.
Matt Juengel has raised his batting average from .156 to .281 over the past 19 games. He has reached base safely in 17 of the 19 contests since May 13.
The Marlins promoted pitcher Cody Hall from the Zephyrs. Jose Urena was optioned to the Zephyrs.
The Z’s activated infielder Zach Lutz from the disabled list and placed Don Kelly on the DL.
The Zephyrs continue the road-trip on Thursday in Memphis. The Z’s will start LHP Chris Reed (0-2, 4.29) against RHP J.C. Sulbaran (2-6, 8.73) The game will be broadcast on WODT-AM Fox Sports 1280 streamed at iHeart Radio App.
The Zephyrs next home game will be Saturday against Colorado Springs.