The Memphis Redbirds offense exploded for a season-high in runs and hits in their 12-1 win over New Orleans Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park.
The ‘Birds jumped on the Zephyrs early with three runs in the first inning and never trailed after the first. Every Redbird in the lineup had at least one hit with all but Brett Wallace
collecting multi-hit games. Jarrett Hoffpauir
led the 21-hit attack driving in three runs with three hits joining Joe Mather
, Matt Pagnozzi
and Donovan Solano
with three-hit games. Mather, Allen Craig
and Casey Rowlett
all knocked in two runs with two hits. Michael Ryan led the Z's with two hits while driving in the team's lone run in the first inning.
While the Redbirds bats were crushing New Orleans pitching ‘Birds starter Clayton Mortensen was dominating the Zephyrs. Mortensen tossed Memphis' third complete game of the year allowing one run on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. The former Gonzaga star scattered three hits over his final eight frames to earn his fourth straight win. New Orleans starter John Koronka was tagged for seven runs, five earned, on 11 hits in 4.1 innings in taking the loss.