The Redbirds watched their play-off dreams fizzle in the bottom of the ninth as they were clipped by the RedHawks 2-1 on the road. Memphis (69-75) finished a game out of first due to Omaha's victory over Round Rock.
Lee Stoppelman (L, 1-1) gave up a single and double to the first two batters faced, resulting in a walk-off winner for Oklahoma City. Co-Player of the Day Eric Fornataro tossed one of his best outings of the season, holding the opposition to a tally in the first on two of the five hits yielded by the righty over 5 1/3. Fornataro fanned three with one free pass issued and a hit batsman. Deryk Hooker walked one in 1 2/3, stranding one inherited runner.
The visitors' only score came in the fourth when Jermaine Curtis led off with a single, advanced to third on Brock Peterson's 30th double of the season and scampered home on a ground out by Greg Garcia. Although Memphis managed nine hits, Peterson was the only Redbird with more than one. The first baseman singled and doubled in four at bats.
The S-Cards (31-39) lost to visiting Tulsa 8-4 on Monday to end the season on the sour note of nine straight losses. That streak saw the team go from the top to the bottom of their division.
Zack Russell (L, 0-2) entered the sixth with the score tied at two-all but left in the seventh with his team down 5-2 and two of his runners on base. Both scored on Justin Wright's watch. Russell gave up five tallies on six hits in one plus while Wright allowed two hits and a base-on-balls that produced a run of his own in addition to the two charged to Russell. Corey Baker and Dean Kiekhefer each tossed a scoreless frame, yielding one hit.
Zach Petrick went the first five, permitting single scores in the second and fifth, the latter on a solo bomb. The 24-year-old, who climbed two levels this season, allowed four hits and two walks with three strikeouts and two hit batsmen.
Xavier Scruggs, Stephen Piscotty and Adam Melker each had two of Springfield's 10 hits. Scruggs, our co-Player of the Day, finished the season by smacking his 28th and 29th long balls of 2013, driving in three. Piscotty singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home once. Melker doubled twice in three at bats with an RBI.
The Chiefs scored two to tie in the top of the ninth only to fall to the Cougars 5-4 in regulation. Peoria (30-40) finished the second half in a sixth-place tie with Wisconsin (MIL).
Dixon Llorens was charged with his third loss in six decisions, yielding a run on three hits while notching just one out in the bottom of the ninth. Silfredo Garcia allowed three tallies, one earned, on seven hits and a free pass through five. Garcia plunked one batter as well. Brady Adamek fanned five over three innings, permitting a run on three hits.
Nick Martini continued his recent offensive upswing with three hits in five at bats, including a two-run bomb that gave Peoria a short-lived lead in the first. Breyvic Valera went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Jordan Walton singled twice in five at bats while knocking in one.
Having clinched the division title, the Spikes played spoiler in the Jammers' quest for the wild-card berth by downing them 6-4 in 11. State College (47-26) will face the wild card which will either be Jamestown (PIT) or Lowell (BOS). The Jammers lead the Spinners by one-half game in the wild card standings.
Jamestown took an early lead with single tallies in the second and fourth off Arturo Reyes, who permitted six hits and two free passes in five. Reyes struck out two and hit a batter. The Spikes took the lead via a three-run sixth then added another score in the seventh to go up 4-2. Jhonny Polanco tossed two perfect frames while fanning two to hold the opposition at bay.
Jeff Rauh took over in the eighth and allowed Jamestown to plate two on three hits and an intentional base-on-balls to even the score at 4-4. Mitch Harris tiptoed around two hits and an intentional free pass to hold the Jammers scoreless over the ninth and 10th. Harris (W, 4-1) struck out two and was called for a balk.
The visitors capitalized on 11th-inning control issues by their opponents to push across two. Back-to-back bases-loaded walks to Mason Katz and Jimmy Bosco brought in Luis Perez and David Washington for the winning margin. Perez pinch ran for Luke Voit who reached on a force while Washington took one to his body.
State College banged out eight hits with Bosco having three of them. The left fielder went 3-for-5 with a walk, one run scored and two RBI. Carson Kelly singled once in four at bats, worked two free passes and touched home once. Washington drove in one in addition to the aforementioned run scored.
Tuesday's game: at Jamestown (42-31), 6:05 pm ET, TBA
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