SALT LAKE CITY (May 26, 2016) – The Memphis Redbirds bats came alive Thursday afternoon to split the four-game series taking the series finale 8-4. Bees starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick (2-2) allowed seven runs in six innings including two homeruns by Redbird Jonathan Rodriguez. Memphis starting pitcher Deck McGuire (2-6) scattered seven hits over seven innings of work while allowing three earned runs.
“I think it was just one of those days,” Cunningham said of McGuire’s performance. “He threw a lot of strikes. He made is pitches but we missed some pitches. We had a couple hard outs, a few high fly balls that guys just missed. It was just one of those days.”
In the bottom of the 8th inning the Bees took advantage of back-to-back-to-back-to-back singles to start the inning. After a Ji-Man Choi fly out, Jefry Marte drove in Cunningham for the third run of the inning. Salt Lake rallied again in the ninth inning but could only bring across one. Cunningham’s one-for-four day extended his hit streak to four. Bees catcher Anthony Bemboom finished the day two-for-four raising his average to .417 since being promoted from Double-A Arkansas. With the split against Memphis, the Bees have won four series, lost three and split four.
Salt Lake will take on the Nashville Sounds tomorrow night at 6:35 at Smith’s Ballpark. The Bees and Sounds will meet just four times this season. Last year, Salt Lake traveled to Nashville and took two of four against the Sounds. All Bees games – home and away – are broadcast on The Zone Sports Network (1280 AM) with Steve Klauke providing the play-by-play. Tickets can be purchased online at www.slbees.com, the Smith’s Ballpark box office, Smith’s Tix outlets. Group outings, picnics or suites can be purchased by calling the Bees group sales office at 801-325-BEES (2337).