METAIRIE – The Memphis Redbirds scored three unearned runs in the top of the first inning, and three pitchers combined on a five-hitter to take down the New Orleans Baby Cakes, 5-1 on Friday night.
Tyler Lyons, making a Major League rehab start from the St. Louis Cardinals, limited New Orleans to three hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Arturo Reyes (1-0) followed with 3 2/3 innings of one-run ball, and Rowan Wick fanned three in two shutout frames to give the Redbirds a second straight win to open the season.
In a repeat of Opening Night, the Redbirds struck quickly to take the lead. Todd Cunningham led off the game with a double, and after ‘Cakes starter Severino Gonzalez hit Chad Huffman with a pitch, shortstop J.T. Riddle was charged with an error on a sharply-hit grounder by Tommy Pham to load the bases.
Patrick Wisdom delivered a sacrifice fly to score Cunningham, and Paul DeJong laced a double over the head of left fielder Destin Hood to plate two more.
Gonzalez (0-1) settled in to keep Memphis off the board over the next four innings, and the Baby Cakes finally broke through in the sixth. Brandon Barnes opened the inning with a single and stole second base, then scored Moises Sierra’s double into the right field corner.
Sierra reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances, collecting a single, double and two walks. Ryan Jackson added two hits.
Memphis nursed the 3-1 cushion into the eighth, when Wilfredo Tovar roped a two-out, two-run double off Hunter Cervenka to push its lead to four runs.
The Baby Cakes will look to break into the win column in the third game of the series on Saturday at 1 p.m.