Two errors on the same play by reliever Marc Rzepczynski led to two unearned runs that flipped a lead to a 5-4 loss by Memphis at Salt Lake. The Redbirds (22-20) have lost three in a row and dropped into a first-place tie with Omaha (KC).
Rzepczynski (L, 0-1) began his night with his squad up 4-3 in the eighth. He gave up a lead-off single before a sac bunt and base-on-balls put the tying and go-ahead runs on base. Both runners crossed when the next batter reached on a fielding error by the lefty on a force attempt that was compounded by Rzepczynski's throwing error.
All three of the tallies charged to starter Boone Whiting came in the second when he yielded three of his six total hits plus two of his four walks. Whiting fanned four in five innings with seven ground outs and two fly outs. Barret Browning struck out three over the next two while giving up two hits.
Whiting departed with a 4-3 lead thanks to two each in the first and fifth. Kolten Wong accounted for three of the four runs in his first game since the 16th due to a minor injury. His third long ball of 2013 also plated Adron Chambers (single) in the first. Wong singled in the fifth and was driven in on Brock Peterson's second single for the night. Peterson worked two base-on-balls as well. Ryan Jackson went 2-for-5 with two singles and a run scored.
Tuesday's game: at Salt Lake (22-23), 11:35 am CT, Michael Wacha (4-0, 1.89)
Two first-inning runs were all it took for Springfield to edge host Arkansas 2-1 and give the visitors a two-two split of the series. The S-Cards (23-19) went 5-3 on the road trip and head home one-half game behind the Travelers (24-19).
A two-out single in the first by Xavier Scruggs drove in James Ramsey (single) and Chris Swauger (walk). Swauger singled twice in three at bats for one-third of his team's six hits in all. A double by Audry Perez was the only extra-base hit by the Cardinals.
Richard Castillo won for the fourth time in seven decisions by holding the opposition to a solo shot in the fifth. Castillo gave up six hits and two free passes over 5 2/3 and exited with the tying run at first.
Kevin Siegrist ended the frame by notching one of his three strikeouts over 1 2/3 while giving up a harmless infield single with two outs in the seventh. Deryk Hooker sandwiched a free pass around two outs to finish the eighth while Keith Butler picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.
Tuesday's game: Off. Springfield opens a six-game home stand on Wednesday with three against Frisco (24-20) (TEX).
It is difficult to win when you do not score much and that is the Beach Birds' problem right now. Palm Beach (17-26) suffered its fourth consecutive loss and sixth in the last seven games, this one 4-1 at Brevard County. The offense has mustered two or fewer tallies in each of those six losses.
Travis Miller's record fell to 0-7 when he permitted three in the first plus one in third on eight hits and four base-on-balls over 4 1/3. He fanned three and hit a batter. Jose Almarante struck out three over 1 2/3 while Lee Stoppelman and Ronnie Shaban each tossed a scoreless frame.
Juan Castillo lined a single to left to kick off the third. Castillo was sacrificed to second by Ronny Gil and raced in on a two-out single by Colin Walsh. Walsh was subsequently nailed at second on the play for the third out. Castillo and Danny Stienstra had two singles apiece, two-thirds of the team total of six.
Tuesday's game: at Brevard County (23-20), 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Hald (1-3, 6.57)
It was last team standing at Dozer Park on Monday afternoon in a slugfest that featured 15 hits by each squad and a combined 19 runs. Peoria (21-21) prevailed 11-8 over visiting Clinton (22-21) with each side taking two in their series.
The Chiefs jumped on top 4-0 in the first via a grand slam by Patrick Wisdom, our co-Player of the Day, that knocked in Breyvic Valera (walk) Jacob Wilson (single) and Jordan Walton (single). That was the first baseman's only hit in two at bats although he worked three free passes and touched home twice. Wilson and Walton had two hits apiece with Walton adding a double to his single while Wilson had an RBI.
Ildemaro Vargas, our co-Player of the Day, had a three-hit day capped by his first long ball of the season, a solo blast in the fifth that made the score 10-7. Vargas, who played both short and right field, lashed two singles with two runs scored and two driven in. Casey Rasmus went 2-for-5 with two singles, a tally and an RBI.
Charlie Tilson singled and doubled in two at bats while knocking in one before being replaced by pinch runner Alex Mejia in the third. Mejia remained in the contest at short and was the only Chief not to have at least one hit.
Three of Peoria's four hurlers gave up at least one tally and the first three pitchers lasted an identical 2 1/3 frames. Joey Cuda retired six of the first seven faced before yielding two in the third. The righty got a quick hook and finished with a line of four hits, two runs, two base-on-balls and four strikeouts.
Cuda was replaced by Joe Scanio, who wiggled out of an inherited bases-loaded jam in the third. Scanio was not as productive from that point on, allowing three in the fourth plus two in the fifth on a walk and six hits, including a two-run bomb.
Corey Baker was credited with his first win against one loss when he held the LumberKings to a tally on four hits and a free pass over 2 1/3. Zach Petrick earned his sixth save with a hit and a walk given up over the final two frames.
Tuesday's game: Off. Fourth-place Peoria hosts fifth-place Kane County (20-21) (CHC) for three games beginning on Wednesday.
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