MEMPHIS, Tennessee – With a 5-1 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Marlins) Monday afternoon at AutoZone Park, the division-champion Memphis Redbirds secured their record-setting 84th win of the season and eclipsed the 2000 club for the most victories in a season in franchise history.
The Redbirds are now 84-45 on the year and have won 38 of their last 52 contests. Tuesday’s game was played during a total solar eclipse and included a three-minute eclipse break at the moment of near-totality.
Patrick Wisdom and Breyvic Valera homered for the Redbirds, with Wisdom’s his fourth in the last six games and 29th of the season. He is now tied with Mike Coolbaugh (2002) for the seventh-most in a single season in franchise history. Only six players have hit 30 home runs in a season for Memphis.
Wisdom drove in four of Memphis’ five runs in the game. Valera finished 3-for-5, and Aledmys Diaz had two doubles.
Jack Flaherty moved to 6-2 on the season with 7.0 innings of work, giving up just one run on six hits with five strikeouts. He has now won four of his last five starts. Sean Gilmartin andMark Montgomery finished the game for Memphis with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.
The Redbirds finish their series with New Orleans, and their eight-game homestand, tomorrow night at 6:35.