Shelby Miller completed just three innings in Memphis' defeat at the hands of Round Rock at home. The Redbirds lead the series 2-1 with the final game slated for Friday evening.
Miller walked the bases full in the second then forced in the first run on yet another walk. He then changed tactics and served up a gopher ball instead, resulting in a five-run frame. The righty threw 70 pitches, 42 for strikes, in three innings with four walks, two hits and three strikeouts in absorbing his fourth loss.
Jess Todd held the Express scoreless for two innings on four hits and a walk. Clay Zavada gave up two runs on a hit and two walks in 1 1/3 innings. Both runs actually came across under new returnee Chuckie Fick's watch. Fick then went on two allow two runs of his own on four hits in just 2/3 of an inning. Barret Browning and Nick Greenwood each tossed a scoreless frame.
All of Memphis' tallies came in the third when Eugenio Velez hit a bases-clearing double that plated Lou Montanez (single), Ryan Jackson (walk) and Jamie Romak (walk). Both of Velez' hits were doubles and one of Romak's two hits was a double.
Friday's game: vs. Round Rock, 7:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (1-5, 5.76 ERA)
A former St. Louis Cardinal pitcher notched a win at Springfield on Thursday but unfortunately for the S-Cards he was pitching for San Antonio. Jason Marquis and the Mission pitchers held Springfield to a single tally on seven hits.
That run came in the second when Xavier Scruggs drew a one-out walk. He advanced to second on a groundout and then moved to third on a wild pitch. Scruggs was plated on yet another wild pitch. That put the Cardinals up 1-0, a lead they held until starter Scott Gorgen gave up four runs in his fifth and final inning of work. All of the runs were earned and came on four hits and four walks as Gorgen was charged with his fourth loss of 2012.
Kevin Thomas allowed two tallies in the sixth and another in the seventh on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. Jesse Simpson stranded a runner of Thomas' in the seventh but gave up a solo shot in the eighth. Justin Wright pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits.
Friday's game: vs. San Antonio, 7:08 pm CT, Seth Maness (1-0, 1.23 ERA)
Lead-off batter Mike O'Neill's perfect night at the plate went for naught in Palm Beach's 8-3 loss to St. Lucie. The Beach Birds fell in the series 1-2.
Our Player of the Day O'Neill provided his teammates with plenty of opportunities to drive him in with a 5-for-5 game. Three of his five hits were doubles The left fielder was also responsible for two of Palm Beach's three taliies as he scored one and drove in another. Chris Edmondson and Jeremy Patton each scored a run and Rainel Rosario drove in one.
Southpaw Anthony Ferrara was charged with his fourth loss when he was charged with two runs in the first and another in the second. Ferrara lasted just four frames, with five hits and three walks against six strikeouts. Zack Russell gave up a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth on four hits and three walks. Iden Nazario continued the pitching pattern by allowing a run in the seventh and eighth on three hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings. Dean Kiekhefer was the only Palm Beach pitcher to have a scoreless outing as he yielded just one hit in the final 1 1/3 innings.
Friday's game: Palm Beach begins an eight-game road trip with four at Clearwater (PHI), 6:30 pm EST, Ryan Sherriff (2-0, 2.77 ERA)
Quad Cities plated a run in the first but did not score again in their 8-1 loss at home. The series is tied up at one all with the rubber game scheduled for Friday night.
Virgil Hill's only hit was a solo shot to lead off the game and knot the score at 1-1. The River Bandits managed just four more hits over the final eight innings with one being a double by Tyler Rahmatulla. Rahmatulla has posted a line of .359/.435/.615/1.050 in 39 at bats over his last 10 games.
Starter Dail Villanueva absorbed his third loss of 2012 against three wins by giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and five walks in five innings. Two of the three runs came on a two-run shot in the third. He struck out six. Robert Stock served up his own two-run bomb in the sixth that was part of the three runs, two earned, on two hits and two walks in two innings. Danny Miranda was charged with two runs, earned, on two hits and a walk in two innings through none of the runs came via the long ball.
Friday's game: vs. Beloit, 7:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (4-3, 3.33 ERA)
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