The Redbirds (50-55) won their first in game three of the four-game home series and snapped their four-game losing skid.
After the Express tied the game in the eighth against Keith Butler, the Redbirds answered with the winning tally, as Kolten Wong scored on a wild pitch. That gave Butler the win to go with the blown save.
Taking the mound after two weeks of rest (other than an inning at the Triple-A All-Star Game), starting pitcher Michael Wacha was dominant. The big right-hander allowed one run on two hits while fanning eight in six innings and had a perfect game heading into the sixth.
Thursday's game: vs. Round Rock (59-46), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (5-1, 3.26)
The night after scoring an unlucky 13, the S-Cards' offense went dormant in a home lost to Tulsa. Springfield (16-17) split the four-game series.
Lefty starter Jonathan Cornelius made a quality start, pitching 6 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and allowing three runs. The bullpen also put together good numbers. Righty Jose Almarante and lefty Danny Miranda combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings, with no walks, no runs, four strikeouts and one hit.
The offense managed just four hits, all singles, while striking out 10 times. Centerfielder James Ramsey had three whiffs.
Thursday's game: vs. NW Arkansas, 7:09 pm CT, Seth Blair (3-7, 4.89)
First-place Palm Beach (18-11) continues its strong second half, managing a home split with Tampa.
Shortstop Alex Mejia was the hero, stroking a two-out, bases-clearing double into the left-center gap. The big hit in the bottom of the sixth erased Tampa's 2-0 lead. Nick Longmire doubled Mejia home for the final cushion.
In his third start for Palm Beach, Hector Hernandez was impressive. The lefty threw a season-high seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, two walks and collecting five strikeouts. Dean Kiekhefer earned his fourth save after throwing two innings of relief, giving up only one hit.
Thursday's game: vs. Daytona, 6:35 pm ET, TBA
Fourth-place Peoria (16-15) began its three-game series at first-place Cedar Rapids with an extra-innings win. After Jacob Wilson doubled, Jeremy Schaffer's two-out single brought him home. Zack Russell allowed two baserunners in the home 10th, but secured all three outs for his fourth save.
The Chiefs had a 4-0 lead in the second inning but tied the game with four unearned runs due to a Patrick Wisdom throwing error. Starter Kyle Helisek did not help matters by walking five in just two innings. Thomas Lee took a blown save and the win after throwing three scoreless frames from the seventh through the ninth.
Player of the Day Wilson went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI. Leadoff man C.J. McElroy walked and doubled, scoring both times.
Thursday's game: at Cedar Rapids (21-10) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Ben O'Shea (0-0, 4.50)
Mahoning Valley 1, State College 0 (game 2)
The Spikes (18-17) dropped a pair of scheduled seven-inning contests that both went eight innings, ending on walkoffs. The second was the make up game from Tuesday's rain out. State College has lost seven consecutive road outings.
Despite State College receiving solid pitching, the end results should not be surprising given the offense managed only four hits in 16 innings. Jimmy Bosco notched the lone RBI for the Spikes with his single in the first game. David Washington also delivered a base hit in game one, while Mason Katz and Matthew Young each contributed a single in game two.
Game one ended on a bases-loaded walk by Victor De Leon. Starter Jimmy Reed went a career-long six innings in the no-decision, fanning three while yielding a run on seven hits and a walk.
The final play in game two was a bases-loaded sacrifice fly against Jeff Rauh, with the runner charged to Andrew Pierce. Pierce was the hard-luck loser after he recorded seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings of relief, the most for any Spikes pitcher this season. The right-hander allowed four hits and a walk. Starter Nick Petree struck out five in three shutout innings, allowing one hit and one free pass.
Thursday's game: at Mahoning Valley (14-23) (CLE),7:05 pm ET, Juan Bautista (1-2, 3.42)
First-place Greeneville set the Cardinals (14-17) down for their sixth straight loss. Johnson City fought hard, however, scoring three in the night to force extra innings and re-tying the game after briefly losing the lead in the 11th.
Greeneville walked off following a two-run home run issued by Norge Paredes in his second inning of work. Starter Luis Perdomo put the Cards behind early, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Brandon Lee, Steve Sabatino and Fernando Baez combined for 4 2/3 frames of scoreless relief.
Third baseman Ronnierd Garcia went 2-for-5 with a walk and a run scored via a steal of home. Catcher Rowan Wick continued his hot hitting with a single, double, walk, stolen base and two RBI. Left fielder Yoenny Gonzalez doubled, scored and plated two.
Thursday's game: at Greenville (21-10), 7:00 pm ET, Will Anderson (0-1, 6.61)
GCL Nationals 3 at Cardinals 0 (game 2)
The Cardinals (15-14) played two seven-inning contests, with the second game a make up for the July 16 postponed outing. Like State College, the GCL Cards received solid pitching, but almost no offense. The Cardinals managed just eight hits across the 14 frames Wednesday.
In game one, the Nats scored single tallies in the sixth and seventh against loser Hector Salazar to break a 1-1 tie. Starter Marco Gonzales allowed a run on two hits over the first two frames. Palm Beach rehabbers Jay Voss and Chris Corrigan added a scoreless frame of relief each.
Dewin Perez went five innings in game two, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. The offense drew three walks and had three hits, but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Thursday's game: at GCL Nationals, Noon ET, TBA
The Dominican Birds (24-19) were spanked in the road half of their series opener by the first-place Cubs. An early 2-0 lead was erased as the Cubs plated six across the fourth and fifth innings.
All three Cards pitchers allowed two earned runs each, with two more unearned charged to loser Alirio Negrette, who pitched the sixth.
Designated hitter Bladimil Franco had a single and a solo home run and scored both Cardinals runs. Centerfielder Magnueris Sierra added a pair of singles.
Thursday's game: vs. DSL Cubs (29-13), 10:30 am ET, TBA
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