Four Memphis pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout to lead the Redbirds to a 4-0 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks in front of 10,135 fans Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Redbirds scratched out a run in the first and added three more in the seventh. OKC reliever Reymin Guduan's wildness (three walks) helped fuel Memphis' seventh-inning rally.
RedHawks center fielder George Springer collected another hit and stole his 44th base but still sits on 37 home runs for the season. Since he hit his last homer last weekend at Round Rock, Springer has hit .417 his past five games to raise his season average to .307.
A PLAYOFF PREVIEW?
The RedHawks clinched the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division on Tuesday. They will host Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-5 series Wednesday and Thursday against the PCL American Northern Division champion.
With three games left in the regular season, Memphis and Omaha are tied for the Northern Division lead. Since the Redbirds own the tiebreaker by winning the season series, their magic number is three. Any combination of three Memphis wins and Omaha losses and the Redbirds will be OKC's opponent.