The Redbirds (59-63) rallied for four in the eighth to top the Aces 6-4 and take the series two-games-to-one.
CF Mike O'Neill singled three times in five at bats and was one of six Redbirds to touch home. SS Greg Garcia, the only other player with a multi-hit performance, went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Brock Peterson had three RBI and one each of Memphis' 11 hits and three walks.
Although Boone Whiting did not pick up the win, the starter helped his own cause by singling once in two at bats and scoring once. On the mound, all three tallies yielded by the right-hander occurred in the fourth, two of them when Reno's clean-up hitter went yard with a man on. Whiting allowed five hits in five innings with three strikeouts.
Keith Butler evened his record to 2-2 by fanning half of the six batters retired. Deryk Hooker tossed a 1-2-3 eighth while Fernando Salas was credited with his ninth save despite yielding a tally on a triple and ground out in the ninth.
Monday's game: at Colorado Springs (58-60) (COL), 7:35 pm CT, Nick Additon (8-6, 4.04)
Two big innings sent Springfield (26-24) to their first defeat in their last eight games, this 11-5 by visiting Midland. The home team took the series two-games-to-one.
The S-Cards struck first with a tally in the bottom of the first but Midland answered back with six in the second. All six runs came off Jonathan Cornelius, whose record dropped to 4-6, although only one tally was earned. The Florida native did not finish the frame, departing with a runner on and having yielded four hits and a walk.
Danny Miranda went the next 2 2/3, issuing a free pass in the third and exiting after allowing a hit and base-on-balls in the fifth. Justin Wright recorded the final two outs in the inning but permitted five runs on five hits and two walks in the sixth. Lee Stoppelman stranded one of Wright's runners before going on to throw two more frames of scoreless ball, striking out two and issuing a free pass. Infielder Vance Albitz made his (temporary) pitching debut, facing the minimum in the ninth.
Adam Melker, who moved from left to center and back to left field again, went 3-for-5 with a double while touching home twice. Rehabbing Shane Robinson singled twice in five at bats. Albitz' only hit in three at bats was a solo bomb to go with another RBI. His third error of the year led to the unearned runs in the second.
Monday's game: off. The Cardinals now visit the two teams they just hosted, beginning on Tuesday with the first of three at Frisco.
Iden Nazario served up a fat one to the first batter faced in the bottom of the 12th as the Beach Birds (26-20) lost their third straight. The Cards fell into a three-way tie for the division lead with Charlotte and St. Lucie.
Nazario, the fifth Palm Beach pitcher, absorbed his third loss in four decisions, yielding two hits in one plus. Kyle Hald had his second straight poor start, giving up six runs, five earned, on seven hits and a free pass in 4 1/3. Robert Stock allowed two of Hald's three runners to cross in the fifth, giving up two hits and a walk in 1 2/3 while fanning five.
The two tallies permitted by Corey Baker in the seventh tied the game at eight-all. The damage would have been worse except for Dean Kiekhefer notching the final out in the frame to leave two of Baker's runners on. Kiekhefer kept the Mets off the board over the next 3 1/3, scattering four hits and a walk.
Eight of the PB-Cards' nine starters had at least one of the team's 14 hits. Nick Longmire went 3-for-5 with a base-on-balls, two runs scored and three knocked in, including a two-run shot that plated Patrick Wisdom. Wisdom joined David Popkins, Matt Williams and Anthony Garcia with two hits apiece. Wisdom, Williams and Garcia each drew a free pass while Wisdom and Popkins drove in one. Popkins tripled and Garcia doubled twice with two runs scored.
Monday's game: at St. Lucie (25-19), 6:30 pm ET, Hector Hernandez (3-0, 2.42)
The Chiefs battled back from a 4-1 hole after six only to watch their hosts walk off with a winner in the bottom of the ninth, 6-5. Peoria (25-24) has split the first two of three at Clinton.
New arrival Steve Sabatino tossed a perfect eighth but gave up two hits and an intentional base-on-balls in the ninth, resulting in his first loss in as many decisions. Sabatino struck out three. Starter Kyle Helisek was not sharp, yielding two each in the first and third on nine hits in all plus a walk through six. Sam Tuivailala allowed a tally in the seventh on a hit, wild pitch, sac bunt, intentional walk and sac fly.
Monday's game: at Clinton (23-26), 7:00 pm CT, Ben O'Shea (1-2, 5.40)
State College (30-22) heads into the All-Star break on a down note, dropping both the game and series to host Brooklyn. Regular season play will resume on Wednesday, August 14th.
Jimmy Reed (L, 2-2) yielded five runs, four earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls in four. Kevin Herget, who went just one inning in his start on Friday, tossed the next three frames, giving up an unearned run on six hits. Mike Aldrete allowed three hits and a hit batsman in the eighth, resulting in three runs.
Seven Spikes each had one hit with doubles by Luis Perez and Mason Katz being the only ones for extra bases. Katz and Steven Ramos both crossed home once and Ramos drew one of three free passes issued by the Cyclones' pitching staff.
Monday's game: off. All-Star Game will be Tuesday night.
Johnson City 5 vs. Bluefield 2 (7) – game two
Johnson City (25-24) swept the double-header and series versus Bluefield, the team with the best record in the Appalachian League.
A five-run third boosted the Appy Birds to an 8-3 victory in game one. The inning was fueled by DH Kenny Peoples-Walls' grand slam. Peoples-Walls, our Player of the Day, went a combined 4-for-7 with a triple, home run and six RBI on the night.
SS J.J. Altobelli was a perfect 2-for-2 with two base-on-balls, a solo bomb, three driven in and a stolen base. RF Rowan Wick singled twice in four at bats with two runs scored. C Steve Bean doubled in two at bats with a walk and touched home once.
Alex Reyes was the game one winner, earning his fourth win versus three losses. Reyes struck out five in five, giving up four hits and a free pass that produced two tallies. Norge Paredes yielded an unearned run on two hits and two walks in two.
The JC-Cards rallied for four in the sixth to fly past the Blue Jays 5-2 in the second contest. Three of the team's six hits came in that frame but the home team also capitalized on consecutive fielding errors to push across two unearned runs.
Peoples-Walls played at short, going 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and two knocked in. He also committed his 14th error of 2013. 2B Richy Pedroza singled twice in three at bats while crossing once. 3B Ronnierd Garcia doubled in two at bats with a free pass and run scored.
Anderson Gerdel picked up his third win in four decisions by holding Bluefield scoreless on a base-on-balls over the sixth and seventh. Michael Holback, making his second straight start after 12 relief appearances, struck out four over four innings, holding the Blue Jays to two tallies on five hits, two base-on-balls and a wild pitch. Fernando Baez earned his second save by tossing a perfect seventh.
Monday's games: doubleheader vs. first-place Greeneville (32-17) (HOU). Game one (resumed from July 22nd) – 6:00 pm ET, TBA/TBA
GCL Cardinals - off
Monday's game: GCL Cardinals (19-25) at GCL Nationals (38-6), 12:00 pm ET, Rob Kaminsky (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Cardinals - off
Monday's game: DSL Cardinals (32-27) vs. DSL Pirates2 (34-23), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (2-2, 2.80) or Jorge Rodriguez (2-3, 2.72)
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