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Big night by Greg Garcia lifts Memphis over Iowa

Greg Garcia had 2 HR and 6 RBI for Memphis on Friday.
Greg Garcia had 2 HR and 6 RBI for Memphis on Friday.
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Angel Castro pitched five strong innings and Greg Garcia provided all the offense his team would need as the Memphis Redbirds (2-0) shutout the Iowa Cubs 9-0 on Friday night at Principal Park.

I-Cubs (0-2) center fielder Matt Szczur was the only Cubs player to collect a hit on the evening, going
2-for-3 with a double.

Castro (1-0) gave up two hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings.

For the second straight night, Memphis supplied plenty of offense. After putting 10 runs on the boards on Thursday, Memphis added nine more on Friday, led by leadoff hitter Greg Garcia. Garcia had two home runs, including a grand slam, and 6 RBI.

Oscar Taveras, the 3rd ranked prospect in baseball according to Baseball America, put Memphis on the board with his first home run of the year leading off the fourth.

Memphis added three more runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Castro followed by Garcia’s first home run of the night.

Memphis would put the game away in the sixth, scoring five runs off Iowa reliever Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez hit a batter and walked four before Garcia crushed a 2-1 pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam, giving Memphis a 9-0 lead.

Nick Greenwood, Heath Wyatt, and Eric Fornataro followed Castro with four hitless innings to secure the second straight victory for Memphis in the four-game series.

Game three of the series is Saturday night at Principal Park.