The Commercial Appeal

McGuire keeps Sox bats quiet


Deck McGuire allowed just two hits over eight innings, leading the Redbirds to 5-0 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Sunday at Auto-Zone Park.

McGuire’s eight-inning gem followed Jerome Williams’ complete-game shutout on Saturday night, giving Memphis (26-34) back-to-back nine-inning shutout wins for the first time since May 24 and May 25, 2013, when they blanked Round Rock 7-0 and 4-0.

The win also secured Memphis’ first series win of the season.

McGuire retired 11-straight Sky Sox from the end of the fourth through the start of the eighth inning and needed only 96 pitches to get through his eight innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

The right-hander has won four-straight starts after losing six of his previous seven.

Kolten Wong was 1-for3 with an RBI triple for and two runs scored for the Redbirds, and Tommy Pham drove in two in the second inning with a double to right-center. Charlie Tilson and Matt Williams drove in the other runs for the Redbirds.

Miguel Socolovich finished the game in relief of McGuire for the Redbirds, who held the Sky Sox to eight hits over the last 18 innings of action.

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