Memphis tallied all game long as they topped Las Vegas 9-6 on the road. It is the team's third straight win which leaves them in third place with a 16-25 record, 9 ½ back of Omaha (KC).
The Redbirds kept pressure on the 51s' pitchers by scoring in each of the first four innings and six of the nine total in the contest. They plated single runs in the first, second and third before adding a four-spot in the fourth. That put Memphis up for good 7-4. Two runs by Las Vegas in the fifth narrowed the gap to 7-6 but the Redbirds responded with a run in both the sixth and seventh for the game's final margin.
Our Player of the Day, Matt Adams, swung the big bat with two home runs and a double on a 4-for-5 night. He launched a grand slam in the fourth after his earlier bomb got the scoring started in the first. Ryan Jackson, Cedric Hunter, Zack Cox and new arrival Jaime Romak each had two of Memphis' 15 hits. Jackson and Hunter scored twice, Cox drove in two on two doubles and Romak scored once.
Brian Broderick reaped the benefits of the Redbirds' outburst by picking up his second win against five losses. Broderick allowed more runs, six, than innings pitched, five. Four of the six runs came via four solo shots and were part of the eight hits and a walk the righty gave up. Barret Browning and Maikel Cleto combined to shut down Las Vegas for three frames and Chuckie Fick picked up his second save with a perfect ninth.
Saturday's game: at Las Vegas, 7:05 pm PT, John Gast (Triple-A debut)
The S-Cards hosted first-place Tulsa on Friday and came away with a 6-3 victory. The win leaves Springfield (18-23) six games back of both Tulsa (COL) and Northwest Arkansas (KC) in the standings.
The Drillers led 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth when Kolten Wong's third home run of 2012 tied the game. Jose Garcia singled to put a runner on for Chris Swauger. The right fielder hit one over the left field wall for his first home run of the season. That put Springfield up 5-3, which they extended with another tally in the seventh. Swauger also hit a sac fly in the third that plated Scott Gorgen and gave him three RBI for the game. Wong, Jose Garcia and Greg Garcia each had two hits, the latter hitting a solo shot in the second that got the scoring started. Oscar Taveras doubled for his only hit. He walked twice and scored a run.
Scott Gorgen picked up his first win since May 2010 by holding Tulsa to three runs in six innings. Two of the three runs came in the first on a home run and the third run was plated in the third. Gorgen settled in to retire 11 of the final 12 batters he faced, including a career-high 10 strikeouts. The right-hander gave up four hits and two walks in all. Eric Fornataro tossed two perfect frames for his ninth straight scoreless appearance. Keith Butler loaded the bases on three singles but struck out his final two batters faced to end the threat and pick up his sixth save.
Saturday's game: vs. Tulsa, 6:08 pm CT, Deryk Hooker (season debut)
The PB-Cards took an early lead but could not make it hold up as they fell to Daytona 8-4 at home. The team's record slips to 20-21, placing them third in their division, 13 games behind St. Lucie (NYM).
All four of Palm Beach's runs scored in the first when the Cardinals had four of their nine hits. Chris Edmondson doubled home Mike O'Neill and Starlin Rodriguez for the team's first tallies. Alan Ahmady's grounder to third plated Edmondson and Ahmady came home on a double by Geoff Klein. O'Neill, Ahmady and Klein each had two hits.
Drew Benes lasted just 4 1/3 innings while being charged with his third loss of 2012. He gave up two quick runs in the first and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the third that was created by a single and two hit batsmen. Three more plated in the fifth when Benes allowed four of the seven hits he allowed on the night. Zack Russell finished the fifth unscathed but gave up two unearned runs in the seventh. Logan Billbrough was charged with his first run since April 20th in the ninth, the results of two of the three hits he allowed. It came in his second inning of work.
Saturday's game: vs. Daytona, 6:35 pm EST, Kevin Siegrist (1-0, 4.35 ERA)
Quad Cities plated two in the top of the 11th and held on to down Beloit 7-6. The win snaps a four-game skid and gives Quad Cities a 20-21 record, good for fourth place, 5 ½ back of their hosts.
Quad Cities went up 2-0 in the first, a lead that vanished when the Snappers plated single runs in the second and third. The Bandits re-took the lead with one in the fifth before starter Dail Villanueva gave it away with a three-run bomb in the bottom of the frame. Villanueva did not complete the fifth, going 4 2/3, with four of the five runs he allowed being earned. The southpaw yielded six hits and two walks while striking out three. Robert Stock and Ethan Cole combined for 3 1/3 frames to hold Beloit scoreless while the River Bandits fought back with single tallies in the sixth and seventh.
Heath Wyatt allowed two hits over 2 1/3 innings to pick his first win of 2012. He was the pitcher of record when Garrett Wittels doubled home Virgil Hill and Nick Martini to put Quad Cities up 7-5. Danny Miranda sandwiched a double around two outs in the bottom of the 11th and that runner came across when Willy Paulino allowed a single to the first batter he faced. Paulino wild-pitched the runner to second and a line-drive single to Nick Martini in right resulted in a play at the plate that became the game's final out.
Saturday's game: Quad Cities travels for three games with last-place Clinton (SEA), 6:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (3-2, 3.26 ERA)
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