Player of the Day Lou Montanez' two-out single in the 11th was the difference as Memphis earned a 6-4 road victory over first-place Omaha. The Redbirds (27-47) sit in fourth place, 18 games back of the Storm Chasers.
Memphis trailed 3-0 on just two hits through six until Omaha's starter departed and the Redbirds' erupted with a four-run seventh. Back-to-back doubles by Pete Kozma and Zack Cox plated three runs and a single by Montanez brought Cox home. Those tallies got starter Tyler Lyons off the hook for the loss. The three runs charged to the southpaw came on seven hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Adam Reifer stranded two to limit the damage.
The Storm Chasers tied the game when Barret Browning walked a batter to open the bottom of the eighth. The runner moved into scoring position on an errant pick-off attempt by Browning and eventually scored on a sac fly off Jess Todd. That is how the game remained until the 11th when the Redbirds put two aboard via free passes, one intentional, to set up Montanez' game-winner. Maikel Cleto picked up his second win by limiting Omaha to a single hit in the final two frames.
Friday's game: at Omaha, 7:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (4-6, 6.00 ERA)
Springfield won its first game of the second half, 10-6 over Arkansas on the road. All of the teams in the Texas League have identical 1-1 records.
The S-Cards tallied four in the first to jump in front but the Travelers tied it by the end of the second. A two-run shot by rehabbing Matt Carpenter in the fifth and three in the sixth built a 9-4 lead the Cards never relinquished. Their final tally came in the eighth. Carpenter was a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks, three driven in and two scored. Jermaine Curtis and Jake Shaffer each scored once and drove in two. Adam Melker scored twice.
Kevin Thomas made his first start of 2012 in place of newly-promoted Scott Gorgen but could not finish the second. Thomas walked four and gave up two hits in 1 2/3 that resulted in four tallies, three earned. Michael Blazek inherited a bases-loaded situation and issued his only free pass in 3 1/3 to force in the fourth run. Blazek fanned five over the next three and picked up his third win. Deryk Hooker gave up an unearned run in the sixth and a walk to lead off the ninth by Keith Butler resulted in Arkansas' final score. Butler did not allow a hit.
Friday's game: Springfield initiates a four-game set at first-half victor Tulsa (COL), 7:05 pm CT, Seth Maness (3-1, 1.98 ERA)
Each team notched a run in the third with the Cardinals' tally coming when Ronny Gil singled with two outs, advanced on a walk and came across on a single by Mike O'Neill. Klein singled and eventually scored the go-ahead run in the fifth before the Hammerheads tied the game with one in the eighth off Iden Nazario in his only inning.
That run blew starter Ryan Sherriff's opportunity to pick up a win. Sherriff held Jupiter to four hits in seven frames and did not walk a batter. Chase Reid, fresh off the disabled list, picked up his fourth win when he induced two force outs to strand two of Dean Kiekhefer's runners in the 11th.
Friday's game: vs. Jupiter (MIA), 6:35 pm EST, Chris Corrigan (1-3, 2.38 ERA)
Quad Cities - off
Friday's game: Quad Cities kicks off the second-half with the first of three at Peoria (CHC), 7:00 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (3-5, 5.03 ERA)
Batavia scored a run in the top of the 11th but could not hold the lead in their 6-5 loss at first-place Auburn. The Muckdogs (1-3) are in sixth (last) place in their division, two games back.
Center fielder Matthew Young's first professional home run re-tied the game in the eighth. Young went 2-for-4 with two driven in and a run scored. Shortstop Anthony Melchionda's third hit of the night was a double to lead off the 11th. He came home on a double by left fielder Steven Ramos to put Batavia up 5-4. But Jose Almarante allowed two runs to cross on three hits in the bottom half of the inning which also saw Muckdogs' manager Dann Bilardello ejected.
Friday's game: vs. Jamestown (MIA), 7:00 pm EST, Ben O'Shea (0-0, ---) or Kyle Helisek (0-0, ---)
Johnson City gave up five in the first on their way to being routed 10-3 by visiting Greeneville. The Cardinals' dropped their first series one game to two as a result.
Bryan Martinez took the loss in giving up seven runs, earned, on eight hits and two walks in three. Jeff Rauh gave up a run on four hits in two frames and Mike Aldrete allowed two runs on four hits in two innings. Jacob Booden was the only Cardinals' pitcher to not be scored upon though he scattered three hits and a walk in two frames.
Johnson City scored twice in the fourth when first baseman Jeremy Schaffer opened with a double and left fielder Ronald Castillo walked. Both scored on ground outs. Schaffer finished the Cardinals' scoring with his first professional home run in the eighth.
Friday's game: Johnson City (1-2) starts its first road trip of 2012 with the first of three at Bluefield (1-2) (TOR), Staylin Lopez (0-0, ---)
The GCL Cardinals split a home double-header with the GCL Nationals, dropping the opener 4-1 but winning the second, 3-0. The Cardinals (2-2) are tied with the GCL Astros for second, two games behind the Nationals.
In game one, the Cardinals tied the score in the fifth when catcher Adam Ehrlich tripled with one out and came across on a single to left by designated hitter Ronnierd Garcia. Starter Hansel De Los Santos retired only one batter he faced in the bottom of the frame, giving up three more runs. De Los Santos allowed six hits and two walks in all and fanned five in 4 1/3.
In game two, three Cardinals' combined to shut out the Nationals on five hits. Fidencio Flores went the first three, giving up three hits and two walks. Cole Brand picked up his earned his first win of 2012 by tossing the next two scoreless frames, allowing two hits. Jhonny Polanco notched his first save when he retired all six batters faced.
The Gulf Birds tallied single runs in the second, third and fifth. Right fielder Jem Argenal singled and scored on a ground out in the second. Second baseman Brett Wiley drew a one-out walk in the third and came across on shortstop Kenny Peoples-Walls' double. Center fielder Jhohan Acevedo singled in the fifth, advanced on a single by Wiley and scored on a fielding error that put Peoples-Walls aboard.
Friday's game: at GCL Marlins, 12:00 pm EST, Ramon Ulacio (0-0, ---)
DSL Cardinals – postponed due to rain
Friday's game: at DSL Astros, 10:30 am EST, Isaac Silva (0-1, 10.80 ERA)
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