Memphis scored five in the first and three in the second on their way to their 18th win of 2012 against 34 losses. They sit in fourth place, 12 ½ games behind Omaha (KC).
Eugenio Velez got the Redbirds off on the right track with a grand slam in the bottom of the first. That came after Lou Montanez doubled and scored the game's first tally on a wild pitch. Montanez had two of Memphis' seven hits to go with two walks for the game. Mark Hamilton's third home run of the season was a two-run shot in the second that put Memphis up 8-0.
Starter John Gast gave up four runs in the fourth, two of them on a two-run bomb, and another tally in the fifth to narrow the gap to 8-5. Gast notched his first Triple-A win in his least impressive performance to date, Control was an issue as Gast walked five with two of those eventually coming across. He gave up seven hits that were part of the five runs he allowed, all earned. Gast struck out two in five frames.
Pete Kozma walked and came around to score his second run of the game in the sixth when the Express' pitcher issued four free passes.
Nick Greenwood gave up a three-run blast in the seventh that tightened the game to 9-8 but Adam Reifer retired all six batters he faced to turn the game over to Fernando Salas. Salas erased a lead-off single in the ninth on a double play to record his first save of 2012.
Wednesday's game: vs. Round Rock (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Joe Kelly (1-5, 3.30 ERA)
Springfield - off
Wednesday's game: Springfield starts a six-game home stand with the first of three against San Antonio (SD), 7:08 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (3-4, 3.80 ERA)
Palm Beach's pitching was ineffective against first-place St. Lucie (NYM) on Tuesday as crooked numbers were notched against three of their four pitchers.
Starter Drew Bemes gave up three runs on six hits and two walks in three innings and was charged with his fourth loss of 2012. Scott Schneider coughed up another four runs on three hits and three walks in his two innings on the mound. Logan Billbrough served up a two-run slam in the seventh as part of the seven hits he allowed in three frames. All of St. Lucie's runs were earned. Dean Kiekhefer struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth.
The Beach Birds were held scoreless until the seventh when Starlin Rodriguez opened the inning with a walk. He advanced to second on a balk then Jonathan Rodriguez singled him to third. A force out by Jeremy Patton plated the former Rodriguez for Palm Beach's only tally. Jonathan Rodriguez had two of the PB-Cards' five hits.
Wednesday's game: vs. St. Lucie, 6:35 pm EST, Ryan Sherriff (2-0, 2.77 ERA)
Starter Kyle Hald notched his first win of 2012 as Quad Cities evened their record to 26-26. They took the series against Cedar Rapids 3-1.
Hald, our Player of the Day, scattered eight hits and a walk over seven frames. The only run charged to him came in the first when a one-out double plated the lead-off runner who had singled to get aboard. Travis Miller stranded the bases full in the ninth to record his first save.
The River Bandits were outhit by the Kernels 9-4 but made their base runners count. They scored their first run without a hit or a walk in the first. Virgil Hill reached second on a fielding error by the Kernels' center fielder. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball. Two free passes in the third ended up being the difference in the game. Back-to-back two-out walks put Nick Martini and Tyler Rahmatulla aboard. Martini was singled home by Colin Walsh and Rahmatulla came home on a passed ball. Walsh had two singles for the game.
Wednesday's game: Quad Cities returns home for six games, beginning with the first of three against second-place Beloit (MIN), 7:00 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 5.49 ERA)
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