A sixth inning two-out rally put four runs on the board for Memphis as the Redbirds (63-69) cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs (59-73) on Wednesday night at Principal Park.
The big blow in the sixth for Memphis came off the bat of Jermaine Curtis. Curtis took a 1-2 pitch from Alberto Cabrera over the left field wall for a three-run homer, giving the Redbirds a 4-1 lead. Chris Swauger and Audry Perez followed with back-to-back doubles giving Memphis a 5-1 lead.
Cabrera (0-1) has struggled since moving to the bullpen for Iowa. Cabrera’s ERA is over 10 in his last 10 appearances for Iowa. Cabrera had spent the majority of the season at double-A Tennessee in a starting role where he was 9-3 with a 3.20 ERA.
Down 1-0 in the fourth, Iowa tied the game on a Luis Flores RBI single. With the single, Flores extended his hitting streak to season-high seven games. Unfortunately for Iowa, that would be the only run they would score in the game.
Redbirds starter Scott McGregor (5-9) scattered three hits while walking four and striking out four in five innings pitched.
Game two of the five game series is Thursday at Principal Park.