Memphis scored three in the ninth to down first-place Omaha in walk-off fashion, 5-4. The victory gave the Redbirds the series win and raised their overall record to 9-14.
All of Memphis' runs came via the long ball. Center fielder Cedric Hunter hit a bomb in the sixth that plated Matt Adams but shortstop Pete Kozma had the biggest blow of the day, a three-run slam over the left field wall in the ninth to end it. Those runs were unearned due to a fielding error by the Storm Chasers' second baseman and came with two outs.
Barret Browning (W, 1-1) threw a perfect ninth for the win. The only mark against starter Joe Kelly in his six-inning outing came in the first when a lead-off walk came around to score. The 23-year-old gave up six hits and two walks while striking out three. This is Kelly's fourth consecutive outing that he has gone at least six innings while giving up two or fewer runs. R.J. Swindle was charged with two runs with only one out recorded. Both of those runs were plated with Chuckie Fick on the mound and with one due to a balk call against him.
Monday's game: The third-place Redbirds begin a four-game home series vs. second-place Iowa (CHC), 7:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (2-2, 4.50 ERA)
Springfield's losing streak reached nine with a 3-2 loss at Tulsa. Five of those contests were decided by one run.
Trevor Rosenthal (L, 1-3) shut out the Drillers through five but could not finish the sixth, which has been a pattern this season. In five starts, Rosenthal has made it through the sixth inning once. On Sunday, he left the bases loaded with one out for Eric Fornataro. The reliever gave up two singles that brought all three runs across and that ended up being the difference in the game. Keith Butler and Sam Freeman each tossed a shutout inning.
The S-Cards' runs came in the sixth and eighth, both on solo shots. Kyle Conley hit his third of the year, and two innings later, Oscar Taveras added his sixth slam to date. Taveras also walked twice to raise his seasonal total to three. Although Springfield outhit Tulsa 8-6, they stranded 10 and were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Monday's game: Springfield finishes a nightmarish road trip at first-place Tulsa (COL), 11:05 am CT, Michael Blazek (0-2, 11.02 ERA)
Three Cardinals pitchers combined for a four-hit outing as Palm Beach shut out Charlotte 3-0. Palm Beach has won three in a row and is now in a three-way tie for third place with a 10-13 record.
Drew Benes (W, 1-2) gave up three singles and a walk in seven innings for his best performance of the season by far. Benes, our Co-Player of the Day, struck out five. Aiden Lucas and Logan Billbrough each pitched a scoreless inning with Lucas allowing a single for the Stone Crabs' only other baserunner.
Palm Beach broke a scoreless game with a run in the fifth. Michael Swinson singled to open the frame and came around to score on Ronny Gil's sacrifice fly to right. Gil scored the team's second run in the eighth and his walk in the ninth forced in Nick Longmire with the final run. Gil, our other Player of the Day, finished his perfect outing 2-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly in four plate appearances. He scored one and plated two.
Monday's game: At second-place Charlotte (TB) in the final game of a six-game road trip, 6:30 pm EST, Carlos Martinez (0-1, 2.12 ERA)
Re-scheduled as part of a double-header on Tuesday, May 1st
Monday's game: vs. second-place (Eastern Division) South Bend (ARI) (game two of three), 11:00 am CT, Dail Villanueva (1-1, 4.67 ERA)
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