Two-Out RBI Hurt @MemphisBaseball at Cincinnati
May 9, 2014
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati drove in four runs with two outs to defeat Memphis 5-1 on Friday in the series opener at Marge Schott Stadium.
Memphis grabbed an early 1-0 lead with the help of two wild pitches by the Bearcats. Zach Willis and Kane Barrow hit back-to-back one out singles and a wild pitch moved each into scoring position. A passed ball allowed Willis to scamper home from third, but the Tigers left Barrow stranded at third.
Cincinnati had four hits and scored three runs with two outs in the third to take a 3-1 lead. After two quick outs, Cincinnati hit back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. A hit batter loaded the bases and a two-run single gave the Bearcats the lead. The fourth hit of the frame tacked on the third run as Cincinnati capped off the big inning.
After the Tigers stranded a runner at second in the top half of the fifth, Cincinnati scored two runs off of just one hit. Two walks started the frame and a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners with one out. The third walk in the inning loaded the bases and a sacrifice fly on a diving grab by Darien Tubbs increased the lead to 4-1. Cincinnati used their fourth two-out RBI of the game to make it 5-1 after five innings.
Memphis used a leadoff walk and bunt single to threaten in the seventh, but Cincinnati kept the 5-1 lead intact. Ethan Gross laced a single through the right side, but the throw to the plate kept the Tigers from scoring their second run. The Tigers ended the inning with runners stranded on first and second.
Tiger starter Caleb Wallingford (5-4) was saddled with the loss as he allowed five runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Wallingford struck out one and walked two. Craig Caufield pitched 3 2/3 scoreless inning in relief allowing just two hits. Jake Little and Ethan Gross led the Tigers with two hits, but Cincinnati edged the Tigers 8-7 in the hit column.
The Tigers and Bearcats play game two of the series on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (CT) in Cincinnati.