METAIRIE – Tommy Pham and Luke Voit each had four hits and homered, leading a 16-hit attack for the Memphis Redbirds in an 8-4 victory over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Sunday afternoon.
Pham’s third home run of the series, a solo shot in the third inning off ‘Cakes starter Scott Copeland, gave Memphis a 2-0 lead. Copeland later issued a bases-loaded walk to Anthony Garcia as the Redbirds built a three-run cushion.
New Orleans got a run back in the bottom of the frame when Brandon Barnes doubled and scored on a single by Destin Hood, but the Redbirds scored single runs in each of the next three innings to pull away.
Isaac Galloway homered for the second day in a row, a two-run blast in the fifth inning. Voit’s two-run homer in the ninth, his first Triple-A home run, extended the Redbirds’ lead to five runs.
Matt den Dekker roped an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to cap the scoring.
The teams combined to go 7-for-29 with runners in scoring position and strand 25 baserunners. Memphis catcher Carson Kelly reached base five times on two singles, two walks and a hit by pitch.
Mike Mayers (1-0) scattered three runs and nine hits across five innings to earn the win.
Copeland (0-1) was charged with four runs – three earned – and nine hits in four innings to suffer the defeat.
The Baby Cakes and Redbirds conclude the season-opening five-game series on Monday at 7 p.m.