Due to an afternoon downpour, it took 2 ½ hours extra to get the AutoZone Park field into playable condition. In a fan-friendly gesture, the club announced tickets could be exchanged for a later game. As it turned out, the idea was doubly good as the home team did not deliver once the contest finally got underway.
Shelby Miller's 2012 struggles continued. The top prospect went just 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs, five earned. The onslaught included another home run, a three-run shot by Matt Dominguez. In addition, the Zephyrs stole three bases in three attempts vs. Miller and catcher Bryan Anderson. Miller's season ERA is up to 6.00.
Two Eugenio Velez throwing errors from third base led to the pair of unearned runs for the visitors.
There isn't much to say about the Redbirds' offense as there was very little of it. The Zephyrs' Tom Koehler carried a no-hitter into the seventh, fanning 10, as Memphis' hitters managed just three scattered walks and one hit on the night. Jamie Romak broke up the no-no, giving the fans one of their only opportunities to cheer.
Sunday's game: vs. New Orleans, 1:35 pm CT, Nick Additon (3-6, 4.84 ERA)
It didn't begin well for Scott Gorgen as the right-hander allowed two runs in the first. His offense quickly picked him up in the home second as the S-Cards batted around and plated five. In just his third Springfield hit of the season (in 23 at-bats), Travis Tartamella's bases-loaded double to center scored two. Kolten Wong also launched a three-run home run to right.
Gorgen settled down after the first-inning trouble and added six straight scoreless frames. The right-hander struck out seven Naturals batters. Justin Wright and Jorge Rondon contributed a shutout inning each.
Sunday's game: vs. NW Arkansas, 6:08 pm CT, Seth Maness (1-0, 1.56 ERA)
The Florida State League All-Star Game was held Saturday night at Port Charlotte. Left-handed pitcher Anthony Ferrara, second baseman Starlin Rodriguez and outfielder Mike O'Neill represented Palm Beach on the FSL South squad. Each contributed to the comeback win, engineered in the seventh and eighth innings.
O'Neill led off for the South, drawing two walks in five plate appearances and scoring a run. Rodriguez was an in-game replacement, coaxing a walk and coming around to score in his two times up. Ferrara pitched a three-up, three-down sixth inning.
Sunday's game: Palm Beach remains off for the all-star break, returning to action on at Port Charlotte on Monday.
Rain caused the game to not be played. As the second-to-last contest of the first half with no playoff implications, it will not be made up. This was the first cancellation for Quad Cities this season. Two home games and one road game were postponed by rain and made up as doubleheaders during the first half.
Willy Paulino had been scheduled to make the spot start in place of Tyrell Jenkins, who was skipped for a second time through the rotation due to shoulder soreness.
Sunday's game: vs. Wisconsin, 5:00 pm CT, Kyle Hald (3-3, 3.21 ERA)
The Cardinals struck early with five runs in the first two innings. Designated hitter Luis Cruz doubled twice, scored twice and plated two. Centerfielder Carlos Torres was on base three times with a single and two walks. He also drove in two.
Our Player of the Day, starter Luis Perdomo, kept his perfect ERA on the season intact with six innings during which the only two Dodgers runs were unearned. Perdomo allowed six hits and a walk and fanned five. In 17 innings this season, the 19-year-old right-hander has struck out 19 and walked just three.
Sunday's game: The DSL Cardinals take Sundays off.
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