Memphis Defeats Iowa in Game Two

Thirty minutes after losing the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, the Redbirds took the second game, originally scheduled for seven innings, to the ninth inning before winning 3-2 on a walk-off hit-by-pitch.

With the bases loaded on an intentional walk to Mark Shorey, Memphis outfielder Shane Robinson stepped to the plate. On the second pitch, Robinson was struck on the hand in his attempt to take a ball. The play advanced Bryan Anderson to score the game-winner. Robinson was pelted twice on the night, his last one more favorable.

Anderson started the rally in the ninth for the 'Birds, acting as leadoff man and coming to sub Allen Craig at first base.

"It's not easy," Anderson said about coming in to hit cold. "I just kind of go up there with a simple game plan and just try and execute it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."

It worked Saturday night for Anderson, whose single up the gap was the only hit in the inning and proved to be a crucial play that set-up the win. A sacrifice bunt moved Anderson to second and then two walks moved him to third, putting him in position to be the winning run.

One of Memphis' other two runs came in the first via a Tyler Greene double and the other in the fourth off of Matt Pagnozzi's single. Pagnozzi and Green led the team, each with two-hit performances. David Macias and John-Ford Griffin scored for the Cubs.

Both clubs went through four pitchers over the nine innings, but it was Memphis's Jess Todd that grabbed the win, his third of the season, with two strikeouts in the final inning.

The win keeps Memphis 0.5 games ahead of Iowa and one game back from Nashville, the current American North leader.

When asked about how a team can quickly regroup and find a win in just a few hours after a loss, as the Redbirds did Saturday night, Anderson tried to stay positive despite the reality.

"You get used to losing," he said. "You're going to lose games, that's just how baseball works. So you just forget about it and move on to the next game."

The Redbirds may have to employ their short-term memory again, as they start Sunday's doubleheader already trailing Iowa 2-0. The first game starts at 1:35 P.M. and picks up where the May 3rd suspended game left off, in the top of the fourth. Blake Hawksworth will be on the mound for Memphis and Iowa will send out Kevin Hart.

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