Memphis soared over Las Vegas 8-1 Thursday on the road. The team improves to 10 games below .500 with a 15-25 record.
The Redbirds banged out 14 hits, nine of them for extra bases. They took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Eugenio Velez' fourth home run of 2012. Memphis then scored in three consecutive innings with a run in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth to take a commanding 8-1 lead. Bryan Anderson, Pete Kozma and Zack Cox each had two doubles while Ryan Jackson doubled and tripled in a 3-for-5 game. Jackson and Anderson scored twice with the latter driving in a run. Kozma drove in two while Cox split the difference by scoring once and driving in a runner. Matt Adams drove in two with two singles. He scored a run as did Steven Hill.
Our Player of the Day, Nick Additon, picked up his first win by scattering seven hits and a walk over seven frames. He also hit a batter. The only tally charged to him came in the third as the result of a sac fly. The lefty struck out five. Nick Greenwood worked around two hits to pitch a scoreless eighth and Adam Reifer sealed the victory with a perfect ninth.
Friday's game: at Las Vegas, 7:05 pm PT, Brandon Dickson (2-3, 3.42 ERA)
Springfield mounted a furious rally in the ninth but came up just short, falling to host Arkansas 9-8. The S-Cards went 3-5 on their road trip while the Travelers move to within a game of the S-Cards' 17-23 record as a result of the win.
Tyler Lyons put the Cardinals in the hole early by giving up four in the first and another in the second on his way to his fourth loss. The lefty gave up seven hits and two walks in five frames while striking out three. Southpaw Justin Wright allowed two runs to score on three hits in the first of his two innings on the mound. Jorge Rondon gave up two runs, one earned, in the eighth on two hits, a free pass, a wild pitch and a passed ball.
Springfield trailed 9-2 going into the top of the ninth but took advantage of the Travelers pitchers' wildness in plating six runs. Arkansas sandwiched a hit batsman between two walks to load the bases with one out. Jake Shaffer singled home the inning's first run and the opposing pitcher walked in the next two runs. Oscar Taveras' pinch hit liner to left singled home two more while Kolten Wong singled home another. Wong had opened the frame with a walk and scored on Shaffer's single. Taveras was stranded at third to end the game. Wong went 4-for-5 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and another driven in while Greg Garcia went 2-for-4 with results that matched Wong: a double, a walk, two runs scored and a run driven in.
Friday's game: Springfield hosts Tulsa in the first of four, 7:08 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-3, 4.46 ERA)
Palm Beach maximized their offense in an 8-2 win over Daytona. The PB-Cards (20-20) move into second place with the win, 12 games behind St. Lucie (NYM).
The Cardinals plated eight runs on eight hits with five walks and two wild pitches factoring in as well. They struck with a run in the first and broke a one-all tie with three in the third, an inning that included a 46-minute rain delay. Geoff Klein's first home run of the season came in the fourth with a runner on to make the score 6-2. Two final tallies came in the eighth. Klein scored twice while Alan Ahmady's only hit on the night doubled home two in the third. Luis De La Cruz had two hits and scored once. The catcher was the only Palm Beach player with more than one hit.
Anthony Ferrara picked up his second win by limiting the Cubs to two runs, earned, in five innings. One of the two hits given up by the lefty was a solo shot in the second and the other was a triple that drove in a lead-off walk in the fourth. Ferrara struck out six. Chris Corrigan shut out Daytona on one hit and a walk in three frames while Aidan Lucas tossed a scoreless ninth.
Friday's game: vs. Daytona, 6:35 pm EST, Drew Benes (2-2, 3.97 ERA)
Quad Cities once again failed to take advantage of a series against the division-leaders as they fell at Beloit for the second straight game, this time 7-3.
Sam Gaviglio was charged with his third loss of 2012 against two wins in a sub-par performance. The righty allowed a run in the first, three in the second and two more in his fourth and final inning. Four of the six runs were the result of the long ball, part of the seven hits and a walk he yielded. Kevin Jacob allowed an unearned run in the fifth on two hits and a walk. Willy Paulino, Robert Stock and Ethan Cole each tossed a scoreless frame. Stock has now had four consecutive scoreless appearances after being scored upon in the three previous outings.
The River Bandits plated single runs in the second, third and seventh innings. Colin Walsh doubled to open the second and came home on Roberto Reyes' two-out single. Casey Rasmus drew a free pass to start the third and eventually scored on a single to left by Tyler Rahmatulla. Luis Mateo's fifth bomb of 2012 resulted in Quad Cities' final tally. Walsh had two of the River Bandits' seven hits.
Friday's game: at Beloit, 6:30 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (3-2, 3.62 ERA)
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