Erik Schoenrock's Complete Game Clinches Series with Buffalo
March 9, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A bases loaded walk with two outs in the ninth was all that separated Erik Schoenrock from a complete game shutout as Memphis (9-4) defeated Buffalo (6-6) in game one of a doubleheader at FedExPark Saturday.
The first two hitters of the game reached base for Buffalo, but Schoenrock regained is form to end the first inning. A double play in the second erased a leadoff single and Schoenrock worked around a leadoff double in the fourth. The junior southpaw retired 10-straight batters from the fourth to eighth innings before the Bulls used a walk and single to start a threat. A second double play on the day ended the threat in the eighth to give Schoenrock the complete-game shutout opportunity.
Buffalo started the ninth with a single, but a fielder’s choice put one out on the board with a runner standing on first. After a pop out had Schoenrock one out away, Ryan Tulloch singled and Mike Scarcello walked to load the bases. Ahead 0-2 in the count, Schoenrock allowed a bases loaded walk, but a diving play by centerfielder Ford Wilson ended the game and stranded the bases loaded.
Prior to Saturday’s game, Schoenrock’s career long outing was seven innings, set a week ago against ULM. In the complete-game effort, Schoenrock stranded six Buffalo baserunners in scoring position and he struck out six on the afternoon. With the one earned run allowed, Memphis pitching has allowed three earned runs or less in 11-straight games.
The Tigers got on the board with a tally in the second, but fell short of additional runs by stranding the bases loaded. Keaton Aldridge started the threat with a single, but he was retired on a fielder’s choice. Jake Little reached on the play and took off for second on a hit-and-run with Ford Wilson batting. Wilson ripped a single through the right side to put runners on the corners with one out. Drew Griffin drove in the run with a single through the left side. Later in the frame, a walk loaded the bases, but Buffalo escaped the frame on a groundout with Memphis leading 1-0.
Memphis put up a big inning in the third to open up a 4-0 lead. Bryce Beeler worked a leadoff walk and Tucker Tubbs drilled a double down the left field line to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. After a pop out, Little laid down a bunt and Beeler took off for home on the suicide squeeze play. Beeler scored and the Buffalo throw to third was errant allowing Tubbs to scamper home. Little moved to second on the error and later moved to third on a wild pitch. Little scored the Tigers third run of the inning on a RBI groundout by Wilson.
Little continued his impressive day as he hammered a three-run home run to give Memphis a 7-0 lead after five innings. Tubbs started the fifth with a single and moved to third on a hit-and-run single by Aldridge. Little followed and hit his first career home run, the Tigers’ second of the season. With the three-run homer, Little collected three more RBI for four on the game.
Aldridge tied his career high with his third hit in the seventh, but the hit was a big one as he smashed his first career home run. Leading off the seventh inning, Aldridge hammered the 1-0 pitch to the dinger deck in right field for the home run. A sacrifice fly by Tubbs in the eighth set the final score of 9-0.
Memphis out-hit the Bulls 11-6 on the game led by Aldridge’s three hits and a pair of hits by Tubbs. Little had a team-high four RBI while four other players collected an RBI in the game.
Game two of the doubleheader is scheduled for 4 p.m.