MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It took just two pitches for the Memphis Redbirds to beat the Oklahoma City RedHawks in the ninth inning Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park.
Randal Grichuk and Oscar Tavares hit doubles on back-to-back pitches from Darin Downs, and Memphis trimmed Oklahoma City 5-4 in Pacific Coast League baseball before 4,418 fans. The win capped a comeback for Memphis, which trailed 4-2 after 71/2 innings.
Grichuk and Tavares finished with two hits. Grichuk gave the Redbirds (9-8) a 1-0 lead in the first inning with his third homer of the season. Memphis scored another run in the fourth inning for a 2-0 lead, and then Oklahoma City rallied.
The RedHawks (11-7) tied it in the sixth inning on Max Stassi’s two-run homer. Oklahoma City took its 4-2 lead in the top of the eighth on Kike Hernandez’s run-scoring single and when third baseman Pete Kozma mishandled a ground ball that allowed another run to score.
Memphis tied it in the bottom of the inning on Scott Moore’s two-run homer.
The RedHawks had a chance to score in the ninth inning with two men on base, but Stassi’s grounder ended the inning.
Robbie Grossman, recently sent to Oklahoma City by the Houston Astros, had three hits for the Hawks.
The series continues with a 7:05 p.m. game Monday.