Memphis tied the game in the bottom of the first when Tyler Greene and Joe Mather pulled off a double steal with Greene scoring on the play. Shane Robinson led the Redbirds with two hits and two runs scored. Redbirds manager Chris Maloney picked up a bat in the bottom of the ninth with two outs against Cardinals reliever Jason Motte and grounded out to second base to end the game.
Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro earned the win with seven innings of work. The right-hander allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits. Memphis starter Mitchell Boggs took the loss after giving up six runs on eight hits over 3.2 innings.
Memphis will open their 2009 Pacific Coast League schedule on Thursday hosting Oklahoma City in the first game of a four-game series. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.