IOWA CUBS 5, MEMPHIS REDBIRDS 0

A defensively sound game fell apart in the ninth inning Friday night when the Redbirds committed three errors that gave the Iowa Cubs five runs and the 5-0 win.

Both teams' starting pitchers pitched through eight scoreless innings, however when Redbirds starter P.J. Walters attempted to go nine, the team got into trouble.

Cubs shortstop Nate Spears hit a lead-off double and advanced to third on Doug Deed's bunt-single. One strikeout and intentional walk later, Redbirds shortstop Tyler Greene made a high throw to second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir, making what could have been two outs on a routine double-play, two runs instead. Walters walked the next batter to load the bases before stepping off the mound.

Charlie Manning came in to relieve Walters and pitched David Macias into an infield grounder that got away from Greene, who docked his second error of the night to keep the bases loaded and increase Iowa's lead to three. Manning fanned pinch hitter Jason Dubois to record the second out of the inning. Then Hoffpauir committed the team's final error when he mishandled Sam Fuld's grounder that let in two. Spears popped out to end the half-inning.

"It was just a rough inning," Redbirds Manager Chris Maloney said. "Those were some semi-tough balls and we just didn't come up with them."

A solo-hit bottom of the ninth sealed the Iowa victory and handed the Redbirds their third shutout loss of the season. Memphis' three errors tied for a season-high set on April 30, also against the Iowa Cubs.

Cubs starter J.R. Mathes pitched eight scoreless innings to earn his seventh win of the season, scattering five hits and fanning two 'Birds.

"You know [Mathes] had a good game plan and really pitched well," Maloney said. "And sometimes you've got to give credit to the pitcher."

Both teams finished with six hits with former Redbird Mark Johnson turning in the only multi-hit performance of the night.

Redbirds outfielder Joe Mather had one hit in his first game back since being placed on the disabled list on May 12, and said his wrist felt great after the game.

On Saturday the club will have their first double-header of the season, beginning at 4:05 P.M. with Evan MacLane pitching against Notre Dame standout Jeff Samardzija in game one and Adam Ottavino pitching for the 'Birds in game two. Fireworks are set to follow the conclusion of the second game.


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