Memphis pitchers fell victim to the long ball in their 5-4 loss at Omaha. With the defeat, the Redbirds split the series 2-2 with the Storm Chasers.
All five of Omaha's runs were a result of the home run with four of the five scores charged to starter Shelby Miller. The first was a two-run shot in the third with the Redbirds up 2-0 that tied the game. That identical scenario played out in the fifth when Memphis re-took the lead 4-2 only to see another two-run slam served up by the righty. Miller gave up seven hits and two walks in five innings. Jess Todd and Clay Zavada combined to shut out the Storm Chasers for 1 1/3 innings. Chuckie Fick took his first loss when he served up a solo shot in the eighth that ended up being the difference in the game.
Our Player of the Day shortstop Ryan Jackson went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for Memphis. First baseman Jamie Romak and third baseman Eugenio Velez each had three hits with Romak scoring as well.
Wednesday's game: Off.
Springfield - off
Wednesday's game: Springfield starts a four-game set with first-place Tulsa (COL), 7:05 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (2-4, 4.14 ERA)
Palm Beach was easily handed by first-place (North Division) Dunedin (TOR) in the first of four games against their hosts. The Beach Birds have now dropped four straight.
Palm Beach tallied their only run when Starlin Rodriguez opened the game with his second home run of 2012. That slim lead vanished in the second when Brad Watson gave up four runs on a walk and three of the six hits he allowed, including a two-run shot. The remaining three tallies charged to Watson came in the sixth when he retired only one of the four batters he faced. All seven runs were earned.
Two of the runs attributed to Watson were plated with Aidan Lucas on the mound. Lucas gave up three hits and a walk in 1 2/3 frames but kept his own earned run average intact. Scott Schneider worked around two walks to toss a scoreless eighth.
The Cardinals had eight hits to the Blue Jays' nine but were unable to translate them into runs. They went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight. Starlin Rodriguez had two hits and was the only Palm Beach player with a multi-hit game.
Wednesday's game: at Dunedin, 6:30 pm EST, Anthony Ferrara, (2-4, 2.57 ERA)
Quad Cities - off
Wednesday's game: Fourth-place Quad Cities opens a three-game series at third-place Kane County (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (3-3, 4.88 ERA)
After a pair of wins, the DSL Cardinals lost their first contest of their early season 5-2 to the visiting DSL Astros.
Southpaw Dewin Perez took the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits in four plus frames. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Both runs were plated in the fifth when he gave up a solo shot to open the inning and then saw the next batter reach on a two-base fielding error by shortstop Eliezer Alvarez. That finished the 17-year-old's night but the runner came across with right-hander Jose Pena pitching. Pena yielded three runs of his own, two earned, on three hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings. Jorge Rodriguez struck out five in 2 2/3 shutout frames with two hits allowed.
Wednesday's game: at DSL Astros, 10:30 am, TBD
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