Tyler Greene drove in three runs to back seven solid innings from Brian Broderick as Memphis downed Omaha, 6-4, Wednesday night in the third of a crucial four-game set at Auto Zone Park. The Redbirds won their second straight game to pull within two games of the American Conference North Division-leading Storm Chasers.
Memphis wasted no time getting on the board in the first after Jim Rapoport drew a leadoff walk and scored when Greene followed with a home run to hit safely in his 16th consecutive game. The streak was kept alive when a ruling was handed down earlier in the day by the PCL awarding Greene a double in the 9th inning of Monday night’s contest and therefore negating the no-hitter thrown by Omaha starter Luis Mendoza.
Johnny Giavotella scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the third to trim the lead to 2-1 only to see Greene double home Rapoport in the bottom half to extend the lead back to a pair.
Omaha starter Mike Montgomery was removed after a leadoff walk to Andrew Brown and a double by Matt Carpenter to open the sixth. Kevin Pucetas took over and was greeted by Aaron Luna’s two-run single that lengthened the hosts lead to 5-1. Montgomery suffered the loss after allowing those five runs on six hits while walking three, all of whom scored, and striking out two.
The Chasers comeback bid started with Lance Zawadzki’s solo homer in the seventh and continued with Lorenzo Cain’s two-run single in the eighth that made it a 6-4 contest. However, Jess Todd was able to work his way out of further trouble and stranded two runners to end the frame.
Omaha put runners at the corners with one out in the ninth but former Royals hurler Victor Marte struck out David Lough and Cain to end the game and earn his 19th save of the season.