Tuesday's game: Begin four at first-place Omaha (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (2-6, 3.55 ERA)
The S-Cards built a 4-1 lead through their half of the fifth but the pitching could not hold it. Springfield (35-34) now sits in third place, five games behind Tulsa (COL).
Springfield plated single runs in the second and third before adding two in the fifth to go up 4-1. The Travelers answered with two in the bottom of the fifth off Trevor Rosenthal in his final inning of work. Two of the three runs the right-hander gave up were allowed. He gave up six hits and a walk while fanning four. Kevin Thomas yielded a solo shot in the sixth that tied the game and Deryk Hooker took the loss when he allowed a run in the seventh, the first of his two innings.
Springfield's first two runs came across due to wild pitches in the second and third. Matt Carpenter walked and scored Springfield's first run and Jermaine Curtis did likewise in the third. A groundout by Curtis in the fifth brought Kolten Wong home after Wong reached on a force out. Oscar Taveras' 13th home run of 2012 accounted for the Cardinals' final tally.
Tuesday's game: at Arkansas, 7:10 pm CT, Richard Castillo (4-1, 2.35 ERA)
Dean Kiekhefer notched his second win by holding Charlotte scoreless for the final 1 1/3 innings. Scott McGregor started and gave up one earned run, two total, on three hits and two walks in five. He left with a 4-2 lead that held until the eighth when Scott Schneider allowed two runs in 2/3 of an inning. Both runs were unearned due to a throwing error by catcher Luis De La Cruz.
The Beach Birds featured a balanced offensive attack with five different players driving in a run and five scoring. Starlin Rodriguez and Nick Longmire were the only two players in both categories. Tyler Rahmatulla went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his A-Advanced debut.
Tuesday's game: at Charlotte, 6:30 pm EST, Anthony Ferrara (4-4, 2.76 ERA)
Quad Cities - off
Tuesday's game: off for the Midwest League All-Star game, to be held Tuesday evening
Two ninth-inning runs were the difference as Batavia lost their season opener to Auburn at home.
The Doubledays struck first with a tally in the second but the Muckdogs responded with three in the bottom of the frame on three consecutive singles that drove Auburn's starter from the contest. Auburn scored a run in the fourth to make the score 3-2 and plated another two in the seventh to go up 4-3.
Three of the four runs were charged to starter Ben Freeman who gave up six hits and a walk in 6 1/3. The third run came across with Jose Almarante on the mound. Almarante allowed one run on one hit in 1 2/3 innings and was charged with a blown save.
Batavia tied the game at four all with a run in the eighth but Adam Bileckyj took the loss when he allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits in the ninth. The Muckdogs scored once again in the bottom of the frame but were unable to push the tying run across.
Our Player of the Day, first baseman David Washington, led Batavia with a 2-for-3 game that saw him score twice and drive in another two. Third baseman Patrick Wisdom came across twice although he did not have a hit and was credited with a walk. Catcher Jesus Montero had a perfect 3-for-3 game with a run driven in.
Tuesday's game: at Auburn, 7:05 pm EST, Tyler Melling (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Tuesday's game: Johnson City initiates its 2012 season with the first of three at home against Greeneville (HOU), 7:00 pm EST, TBD
A lone unearned run in the 13th ended a long pitching duel as the GCL Cardinals fell to the GCL Astros 1-0 on the road.
The winning run scored on a missed catch error by first baseman Jem Argenal on a pop up. Anderson Gerdel took the loss in his only inning of work. Gerdel was on shaky ground from the start, allowing a hit and two walks to load the bases with one out. He was the fifth Cardinals pitcher in a game that saw Silfredo Garcia fan eight over six frames while allowing just two hits.
The Cardinals matched the Astros' six hits but could not push a run across. They went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine. Designated hitter Brett Wiley's two hits led the squad.
Tuesday's game: vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 pm EST, TBD
It was a long game for Cardinals' pitching as they were pasted by the host DSL Dodgers.
Starter Juan Perez could not get out of the first inning as he walked four and gave up a hit that resulted in four runs in 2/3 of an inning. Perez took his second loss as a result. Jonathan Escudero fared little better, allowing four more runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks in 2 1/3. Luis De La Rosa shut down the onslaught by holding the Dodgers scoreless for four frames. Jose Pena yielded three more runs in the eighth on two hits and two walks.
The Dominican Birds plated their only run in the seventh when third baseman Junior Agustin singled to open the frame and eventually scored on designated hitter Sergio Ripoll's sac fly. Shortstop Leobaldo Pina had two of the Cardinals' five hits.
Tuesday's game: at DSL Rays, 10:30 am, Dewin Perez (0-0, 1.00 ERA)
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