MEMPHIS — Oklahoma City escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday night and trimmed the Memphis Redbirds 3-2 in Pacific Coast League baseball before 5,352 fans at AutoZone Park.
ON THE MOUND
RedHawks closer Josh Zeid made it exciting. He allowed Memphis (49-53) to load the bases with two outs, but Zeid saved face by striking out Adron Chambers to end the game. All three of Memphis' outs in the ninth were via strikeout. Zeid notched his 12th save of the season. ... Oklahoma City starter Wade LeBlanc was solid. He allowed both Redbird runs on six hits — but he walked none and struck out seven. ... Memphis starter Boone Whiting was good, too. He gave up two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out three. ... Keith Butler gave up the RedHawks' winning run in the eighth inning, although it was unearned. Memphis had three errors.
AT THE PLATE
Oklahoma City (54-47) came back from a 2-0 deficit, although it only managed three hits for the ballgame. Jose Martinez drew OKC within a run in the fifth inning with a solo homer, his third overall this season. George Springer and Che-Hsuan Lin had the other hits for the RedHawks. Springer, who also stole his sixth base since his promotion to Oklahoma City, has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games. ... Lin scored the winning run in the eighth inning on a throwing error. ... Memphis finished with seven hits, four by Jamie Romak. He scored twice and stole two bases but failed to record an RBI.