Memphis out hit the opposition nine to three but could not translate that into results in their home loss. They split the series 2-2 and now sit in last place in their division with a 19-36 record.
Starter Nick Additon's lack of control was his worst problem as he walked three and gave up his only hit, all in the second inning. The last of the three walks forced in the game's first run with the second coming via a sacrifice fly later that same stanza. Additon walked a total of five in seven innings as he was charged with his sixth loss of 2012 against just one win. Adam Reifer gave up a solo shot in the ninth, the second of his two innings of work.
The Redbirds stranded 12 and were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Lou Montanez and Cedric Hunter each had three hits and Bryan Anderson drew three free passes. A double by Eugenio Velez was the team's only extra-base hit.
Saturday's game: Memphis starts an eight-game road trip with the first of four at first-place Omaha (KC), 7:05 CT, Brian Broderick (2-7, 6.62 ERA)
Our Player of the Day Seth Maness shut out the Missions through seven frames as Springfield took the series 2-1. The S-Cards are tied with Northwest Arkansas (KC) for second place with a 26-27 record, three games behind Tulsa (COL).
Maness, who was just named to the Florida State League All-Star squad based on his time with Palm Beach, scattered six hits and a walk as he picked up his second Double-A win. He struck out four and induced nine ground outs versus three fly outs. The Cardinals put a five-spot on the board in the first and added their final run in the eighth to go up 6-0. Deryk Hooker tossed a perfect eighth but retired only one batter in the ninth as he gave up two runs, earned, on three hits and a walk. Keith Butler came on to strand two and pick up his 11th save.
Chris Swauger got the offense going with a two-run blast in the first that came with two outs. The next five batters reached base in a walk-walk-single-walk-single sequence in which Greg Garcia singled home Xavier Scruggs and Maness singled home Jose and Greg Garcia. Swauger finished the scoring when he tripled to lead off the eighth and came across on Scruggs' single.
Saturday's game: Springfield hosts third-place (Texas League South Division) Corpus Christi (HOU) for the first of three, 6:08 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (4-4, 2.72 ERA)
Palm Beach opened their road trip with a win that featured contributions from many players. The Beach Birds are tied with Jupiter (MIA) for second with a 26-28 record, 15 ½ games behind St. Lucie (NYM).
Ryan Sheriff yielded his only run in the first and that came on three of the four hits he allowed in his seven-inning stint. The southpaw walked one and struck out three in picking up his third consecutive win. Logan Billbrough sealed the victory by shutting down the Threshers on three hits in two frames. It was Billbrough's fourth save of 2012.
Palm Beach plated three in the fourth to go up 3-1. FSL All-Star Mike O'Neill singled to open the frame, advanced on a ground out and came home on Chris Edmondson's two-out single. Rainel Rosario singled home Edmondson and Geoff Klein singled Jonathan Rodriguez across. Rodriguez' third home run of the season came in the sixth and gave the Cardinals a 4-1 lead. Rodriguez had three hits and O'Neill had two.
Saturday's game: at Clearwater, 6:30 pm EST, Todd McInnis (0-1, 5.06 ERA)
Beloit tallied in each of the first five innings as they went on to take the series at Quad Cities 2-1. Quad Cities' record drops to 27-28, good for fourth place, seven games behind Wisconsin (MIL).
Hector Hernandez allowed eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits and five walks in just three frames. Willy Paulino followed and gave up three runs, one earned, on two hits and two free passes in two innings. Ethan Cole tossed two scoreless frames and Bob Revesz was the only River Bandits pitcher to retire the side in order when he pitched the ninth.
Trailing 8-0 going into the bottom of third, Quad Cities responded with three runs of their own. Those came on a lead-off walk by Neal Pritchard that was followed by four singles. They added two in the fifth on Colin Walsh's 13th blast of 2012 that plated Tyler Rahmatulla. Walsh drove in three of the River Bandits' five tallies and had two hits. Matt Williams scored once and drove in another on a 2-for-4 night.
Saturday's game: Quad Cities hosts fifth-place Burlington (OAK) for the first of three, 7:00 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (1-2, 5.50 ERA)
The Dominican Summer League Cardinals' season gets underway Saturday and will run through August 25th.
Saturday's game: at DSL Rays, 10:30 am EST, TBD
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