MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Statistically, the Memphis Redbirds are one of the worst teams in the Pacific Coast League. The Oklahoma City RedHawks are one of the best.
Those numbers have meant nothing in a four-game Triple-A baseball series over the weekend at AutoZone Park, where a last-place Memphis team embarrassed a first-place Oklahoma City squad 24-7 on Sunday night. Memphis (40-61) has won the first-three games of a four-game series. The Redbirds have outscored OKC (58-43) 38-10 behind eight home runs, including three grand slams.
Two slams came Sunday in front of 5,822 fans — and both came in Memphis' eight-run fourth inning. Ryan Jackson, who had a grand slam in the Redbirds' 6-2 victory on Saturday, was the first to clear the bases Sunday. A short time later, former Owasso High School star Pete Kozma added a grand slam to give the ‘Birds a 16-2 lead.
Both slams came off Oklahoma City reliever Adalberto Flores, who was plastered for eight runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning. Flores walked three, and his season earned run average swelled to 7.51.