MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis' Scott McGregor outpitched PCL All-Star Chris Dwyer of Omaha on Tuesday night, leading the Redbirds to a 2-1 pitcher's duel victory.
McGregor (3-5) worked six innings and allowed four hits, none after a leadoff single in the third inning by Chris Getz, walked two, struck out three and recorded 11 groundball outs to earn the win
Dwyer (6-7), named to the PCL All-Star team earlier in the day to replace recently promoted Storm Chaser Louis Coleman, suffered the hard-luck loss after he yielded six hits while walking one and recording two strikeouts over six innings.
The left-hander improved his ERA slightly to 3.45, sixth best in the league, and turned in his 11th quality start in 17 tries.
Memphis tied the best-of-three series at one game each and moved within two games of first place in the Pacific Coast League's American Conference North, while third-place Omaha stayed 5½ games out.
Brett Hayes led off the Omaha second inning with a homer, his 10th, for the game's fist run, but Memphis tied the game in the third on a two-out RBI single by Brock Peterson.
Memphis scored the game-winning run in the sixth, as Jermaine Curtis doubled and scored on Tommy Pham's ground-rule double.
Sam Freeman took over for McGregor in the seventh and retired all six batters he faced to extend his scoreless innings streak to 25, a record for Redbird relievers. Fernando Salas set down the side in order in the ninth to sew up the victory and register his second save.
Kelvin Herrera relieved Dwyer and set down all six batters he faced, three of them by strikeout. Omaha relievers have allowed only four earned runs in their last 3723 innings (a 0.96 ERA) while striking out 40.
Getz extended his hitting streak to seven games.
The series and road trip wrap up Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. with a premium pitching matchup as Omaha left-hander Danny Duffy (2-0, 5.88 ERA) takes the mound against Memphis right-hander Michael Wacha (4-2, 2.71).
Duffy looks to take another step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, while Wacha — a first-round draft pick last season — has been one of the PCL's most impressive young pitchers.