A walk-off home run was the difference in the game as Memphis (1-4) fell to New Orleans in 13 innings.
Adam Reifer (L, 0-1) took the loss in his first inning of work when he gave up a one-out home run with a runner aboard. Reifer was the fifth Redbirds' reliever of the night and his performance ended a string of seven stellar shut-out innings tossed by Nick Greenwood, Chuckie Fick, R.J. Swindle, and Maikel Cleto. That quartet allowed only one base runner in that span and that was via a free pass. All appeared in relief of starter Nick Additon, who allowed three runs, earned, on six hits and four walks in just five innings of work. He struck out two.
Memphis got on the scoreboard in the top of the second when first baseman Matt Adams lined a single to left to lead off the inning. Left fielder Amaury Cazana followed with his first home run of the season, giving the Redbirds a 2-1 lead. Right fielder Cedric Hunter's lead off home run in the fifth extended the margin to 3-1 but New Orleans tied it up with two runs in the bottom of that frame. That is the way the game remained until the 13th inning. Second baseman Eugenio Velez was 3-for-3 with a double and Hunter, center fielder Adron Chambers, shortstop Ryan Jackson and Cazana each had two of Memphis' 14 hits on the game.
Tuesday's game: at New Orleans, 7:00 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (1-0, 1.89 ERA).
Springfield (2-3) battled back from a 5-0 seventh-inning hole but fell just short as they lost to Midland 5-4 at home.
Tyler Lyons (L, 0-1) took the loss, giving up one run, earned on four hits and four walks against five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of work in his Double-A debut. Justin Wright, who relieved Lyons, walked the bases full in the top of the sixth before giving way to Jesse Simpson. Simpson promptly cleared the bases by giving up the game's big blow, a grand slam. Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon each pitched a scoreless frame for the Cardinals.
Springfield did not get on the scoreboard until Midland's starter, former Springfield farmhand Gary Daley, was out of the game after six innings. Back-to-back walks to designated hitter Adam Melker and shortstop Greg Garcia put runners aboard and right fielder Rainel Rosario's home run to right made the RockHounds pay for their lack of control. Springfield's final run came in the bottom of the ninth on second baseman Kolten Wong's first home run at the Double-A level, which came with two outs. Centerfielder Oscar Taveras followed with a double that put the tying run in scoring position but Taveras was stranded there.
Tuesday's game: vs. Midland, 12:08 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-1, 3.38 ERA).
The Cardinals (2-2) walked off with a home win on Monday night, edging the Marauders 2-1.
Center fielder Nick Longmire came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and none aboard and sent one over the left field wall for the walk-off win. Palm Beach's other run came way back in the second when first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez scored on a single up the middle by catcher Geoff Klein. Rodriguez began the inning with a double to center. While the Cardinals managed nine hits, designated hitter Chris Edmondson was the only player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.
Palm Beach's pitching staff tossed a combined four-hitter, started by Anthony Ferrara in his A-Advanced debut. Ferrara allowed Bradenton's only run on three hits and four walks with four strikeouts in five innings. Dean Kiekhefer held the Marauders to only one hit in his three innings of work and Chase Reid (W, 1-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.
Tuesday's game: vs. Bradenton, 6:35 pm EST, Seth Blair (0-0).
Quad Cities broke open a tie game with a big ninth inning to defeat Peoria 8-3.
The River Bandits (2-2) scored a run in each of the second, third and fourth innings before putting the Chiefs away with a five-run ninth. It was a true team effort as eight different players either scored or drove in a run. Four players both scored and drove in a run, led by right fielder/first baseman David Medina, our Player of the Day, who went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, a run scored and two driven in. Shortstop Matt Williams (2-for-5), center fielder Nick Martini (3-for-5) and catcher Juan Castillo (0-for-3, sac fly) each scored a run and drove in another. Third baseman Tyler Rahmatulla scored twice and designated hitter Colin Walsh scored a run as well.
The big blow of the ninth inning came from left fielder Anthony Garcia in his only at bat of the game. Garcia, who pinch ran for first baseman Roberto De La Cruz in the eighth when the latter left the game with what is listed as a leg injury, hit a bases-loaded double that scored the final three runs.
Starter Sam Gaviglio allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings in his full season debut. He struck out three but did not figure in the decision. Robert Stock's second professional outing as a pitcher was an improvement on his first as he tossed 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Brandon Creath (W, 1-0) followed Stock and picked up his first full season win by limiting the Chiefs to just one hit in 1 2/3 innings while not walking a batter. He struck out three. Logan Billbrough pitched a perfect ninth to finish off Peoria.
Tuesday's game: at Peoria, 6:30 pm CT, Lefty Kyle Hald (0-0) makes his full season debut.
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