Three runs charged to Maikel Cleto in the sixth was the difference in Memphis' 4-3 loss to Fresno at home. On Tuesday, the home team will try to salvage the final game in their four-game set with the Grizzlies.
Up 2-1 after five, Cleto could not retire a batter in the sixth, loading the bases on a single and two free passes. The three crossed on a ground out, sac fly and wild pitch under Jorge Rondon's watch. Cleto yielded four runs on five hits, including a solo shot, and four base-on-balls over five plus. He fanned four. Rondon issued two free passes in two frames. Mitchell Boggs walked one of the four faced in the eighth before Sam Freeman issued two base-on-balls in the ninth.
The Redbirds (19-17) had 10 hits but went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, stranding seven. The top three in Memphis' batting order, Justin Christian, Kolten Wong and Ryan Jackson, had two hits apiece with Wong doubling once. Christian and Wong each touched home once while Wong and Jackson worked a free pass. Jackson drove in one. Chad Huffman singled twice in four at bats with an RBI.
Tuesday's game: vs. Fresno (21-18), 12:01 pm CT, Boone Whiting (Triple-A debut)
Springfield (19-16) opened an eight-game road trip by banging out 17 hits in a 10-4 pounding of Tulsa.
All nine of the S-Cards' starters had at least one hit with three-hit performances by Ruben Gotay and Xavier Scruggs. Gotay had two singles and a double in six at bats with two runs scored and three driven in. One of Scruggs' hits was his 10th long ball of 2013, three off the league lead. Scruggs added a double and single while touching home once and driving in three. James Ramsey crossed twice on two singles.
Tim Cooney was credited with the win in his first Double-A start. The 22-year-old gave up one in the first and two in the third on five hits in all with a base-on-balls and a wild pitch. The southpaw fanned seven over five frames with three ground outs and two fly outs. Further, Cooney swung a mean bat, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a sac bunt.
Ramon Delgado gave up a tally in the sixth, the first of his three innings of work. Delgado permitted two hits and a base-on-balls while striking out two. Kevin Siegrist fanned two of three faced in the ninth for his fifth consecutive scoreless appearance and eighth out of 10 appearances.
Tuesday's game: at Tulsa (16-20), 7:05 pm CT, Seth Blair (1-3, 8.10)
Three Beach Birds pitchers combined for a two-hitter as Palm Beach easily handled Lakeland 7-0 at home.
Jonathan Cornelius, our Player of the Day, retired the first 12 faced before yielding a single to begin the fifth. Cornelius (W, 1-1) then turned back nine of the next ten with the only blot being a hit batsman with one out in the seventh. The lefty struck out four with 12 ground outs and four fly outs over seven. Dean Kiekhefer worked around a two-out double in the eighth before giving way to Ronnie Shaban who tossed a 1-2-3 ninth.
The PB-Cards (16-20) put up straight numbers in the first and third before breaking the game open with five in the seventh. Eight of nine starters had at least one of their squad's 11 hits with Nick Longmire, Jonathan Rodriguez and Anthony Garcia each having two. Longmire and Rodriguez each crossed once while Rodriguez and Garcia both drove in two. Longmire and Ronny Gil both swiped a bag. Gil singled in three at bats with a base-on-balls and two runs scored.
Tuesday's game: vs. Lakeland (13-22), 6:35 pm ET, Travis Miller (0-5, 4.56).
Sloppy defense contributed to an eight-run fourth that buried Peoria 8-0 at host Quad Cities. The two teams split the series with two wins apiece.
Three of four Peoria errors for the game were committed in the fourth, one by shortstop Alex Mejia (one of two by him) and two by starting pitcher Josh Lucas. Seven of eight tallies charged to Lucas were unearned and the 22-year-old gave up nine hits and a free pass over six with three strikeouts. Sam Tuivailala marked his full-season debut by fanning the side in the seventh, two swinging and one called. Outfielder Nick Martini scooted around a lead-off single to keep the River Bandits off the board in the ninth.
Mejia went 2-for-4 with a double for one-third of his team's total hits. Patrick Wisdom drew Peoria's only base-on-balls in the ninth. Casey Rasmus' only hit in three at bats was a triple with two outs in the third.
Tuesday's game: Peoria (17-17) at Kane County (17-17) (CHC), 6:30 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (1-1, 3.81).
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