Memphis got the better of Iowa in a pitching duel on Wednesday at home as they edged the I-Cubs 2-1. The win flips the Redbirds (17-10) into second place in their division one-half up on Iowa and 5 ½ games below Omaha.
Brandon Dickson, our Player of the Day, tossed a stellar outing as he limited Iowa to one run, a solo shot, in his eighth and final inning of work. Dickson (W, 3-1) retired 11 straight batters to start the game and that home run was one of only three hits allowed. He struck out 10 and did not walk a batter. Eduardo Sanchez (S, 6) pitched a perfect ninth to seal the win.
Both of Memphis' runs came in the fourth. The first was the result of a free pass to Zack Cox that forced Ryan Jackson across and Bryan Anderson's groundout plated Eugenio Velez for the second. The Redbirds' managed just five total hits with Chris Swauger having two of them.
Thursday's game: vs. Iowa (last of four games), 12:05 pm CT, Brian Broderick (1-4, 5.25 ERA)
Springfield has a two-game winning streak after edging NW Arkansas 2-1 at home. Springfield climbs to within two games of the second-place Naturals in their division with a 10-16 record.
The game was scoreless until each team plated one in the seventh on solo home runs. Nick Derba's first bomb of the year tied the game at one. The S-Cards went ahead in the eighth when Jake Shaffer scored from third on a wild pitch. Shaffer went 2-for-3 with a walk as did Kolten Wong. Derba went 2-for-4.
Scott Gorgen struck out four in five frames as he shut down the Naturals on four hits and a walk. Kevin Thomas allowed the solo home run in his second and final inning of work. Sam Freeman (W, 1-2) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth and Keith Butler worked around a one-out double and a walk in the ninth to pick up his second save of the year.
Thursday's game: vs. NW Arkansas (game three of four), 7:08 pm CT, John Gast (3-2, 2.30 ERA)
Palm Beach was nipped by Fort Myers 2-1 in 11 innings at home on Wednesday. Their record goes to 12-14, 10 games behind St. Lucie (NYM).
Chase Reid (L, 2-3) took the loss after issuing two consecutive walks and a single that plated the first runner. That occurred in Reid's second inning on the mound and spoiled fine performances by starter Richard Castillo and reliever Dean Kiekhefer. Castillo continued his string of excellent performances by holding the Miracle to two hits and three walks in six frames. Both hits were third-inning doubles that resulted in the only run charged to Castillo. He struck out six. Kiekhefer shut out Fort Myers on just two hits in three innings while striking out three.
The Cardinals out-hit the Miracle 10-5 but had difficulty in coming up with the big hit. They went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14. Their only tally came in the seventh when Ronny Gil singled and promptly stole second. Vance Albitz doubled him home. Albitz, Mike O'Neill, Michael Swinson and Luis De La Cruz each had two hits for Palm Beach. Albitz's double was the only extra-base hit.
Thursday's game: vs. Fort Myers (rubber game of the series), 10:35 am EST, Chris Corrigan (0-1, 4.22 ERA)
Re-scheduled as part of a double-header on Friday, May 4th
Thursday's game: at Burlington, 11:30 am CT, Todd McInnis (2-0, 3.00 ERA)
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