A big inning bit Memphis as they were defeated at Round Rock 7-1. The Express took the series 3-1. The Redbirds' record slips to 13-18 but they remain in second place, 8 ½ games back of Omaha (KC).
Round Rock plated five runs in the fourth on only three hits. Two of the five runs were unearned because of a throwing error by third baseman Zach Cox. Starter Brandon Dickson did not help his own cause either by issuing two free passes that inning. Two of the three hits allowed were for extra bases - a three-run home run and a double. Dickson allowed only one more hit in his other four innings. Maikel Cleto and Chuckie Fick each gave up a run in their inning of work.
Once again, the Redbirds struggled to find the big hit as they went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Their only run came in the first when Adron Chambers doubled to lead off, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Jackson and came home on Steven Hill's double. Amaury Cazana had two of Memphis' five hits.
Tuesday's game: Memphis begins an eight-game home stand, starting with four vs. second-place (Pacific North) Reno (ARI), 7:05 pm CT, Brian Broderick (1-4, 5.90 ERA)
Springfield banged out 10 hits but could not plate a runner as they were shut out at home by Arkansas, 5-0. Springfield leads the four-game series 2-1 and they are currently tied with the Travelers for third place, seven games behind Tulsa (COL).
Scott Gorgen absorbed his third loss without a win this season. All three runs allowed by the right-hander came in the second inning although only two were earned. In that inning, Gorgen issued his only free pass of the night in addition to two of the eight hits he allowed. He struck out four in his five innings of work. Justin Wright tossed two scoreless frames before Kevin Thomas gave up two more runs in the eighth on all three of his hits allowed. Thomas struck out two in two innings.
The S-Cards were missing two of their bigger bats as neither Kolten Wong nor Oscar Taveras took the field although both were available in case of an emergency, per the News-Leader. The opportunities were there without the pair but Springfield went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight. Jermaine Curtis had three hits in the two hole while Audry Perez and Adam Melker each had two. With Perez batting sixth and Melker hitting ninth, the Cardinals could not string any offense together.
Tuesday's game: vs. Arkansas (LAA), 12:08 pm CT, John Gast (3-2, 2.41 ERA)
Palm Beach won their third straight as they downed Brevard County at home 6-2. The PB-Cards took the series 3-1 and move above .500 for the season with a 16-15 record.
Carlos Martinez, our Player of the Day, had his best outing to date in 2012 by holding the Manatees to a single earned run. That run came in his seventh and final inning of work. He retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and struck out seven with just three hits and a walk. Martinez did hit two batters and threw a wild pitch. Aidan Lucas gave up Brevard County's other run in the eighth on a walk followed by a double and a groundout. Chase Reid tossed a scoreless ninth to seal the win.
Lead-off hitter Mike O'Neill and seven hole batter Jonathan Rodriguez each had three hits for Palm Beach. O'Neill scored twice and all three of Rodriguez' hits were doubles. Rodriguez drove in a run as well. Six other Cardinals contributed to the victory by scoring and/or driving in runs.
Tuesday's game: Palm Beach begins a four-game set at Lakeland (15-14) (DET), 6:30 pm EST, Seth Maness (3-0, 1.32 ERA)
Quad Cities was unable to hold a 4-2 lead going into the seventh as they fell at home to Peoria, 7-5. Their record goes to 17-14 which places them third in their division, three games behind Wisconsin (MIL).
Willy Paulino served up a grand slam in the seventh for his second loss of the season. The inning unraveled after Paulino had retired the first two batters he faced. A throwing error by Garrett Wittels erased what should have been the third out and put runners at second and third instead. Paulino loaded the bases with a free pass and then served up the unearned grand slam. That wasted Tyrell Jenkins' solid start in which he allowed two runs, earned, on four hits and four walks. Both runs charged to him scored in the third. Jenkins struck out 10 in six innings. Ethan Cole replaced Paulino and gave up an unearned run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Quad Cities manufactured five runs on three hits, a walk, two throwing errors and a catcher's interference call. Juan Castillo doubled home Anthony Garcia in the second for the team's first run. David Medina's double in the fifth plated two runs, one of whom was Matt Williams. Williams previously hit his first home run of the season in the third, a solo bomb that made the score 2-0. Medina scored the River Bandits' last run in the eighth on a walk, wild pitch to second and throwing error that plated him.
Tuesday's game: vs. Peoria, 7:00 pm CT, TBA (but if you've been reading our articles, you can guess that Jonathan Cornelius may be activated to make his Midwest League debut)
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