Starter Tyler Lyons gave up five runs in the first three innings as Memphis fell to New Orleans 6-4 on the road. The Redbirds dropped the series one game to three with the loss.
Facing New Orleans for the second time in 11 days, Lyons gave up the identical run total in less than half the time. The lefty, who allowed five runs in seven innings on June 15th, only finished three innings on Tuesday. He served up a two-run slam in the second and three more tallies in the third which came on four hits and three walks.
Brian Broderick shut out the Zephyrs on a hit over three innings. Nick Greenwood retired the side in order in the seventh but ran into trouble in the eighth when he allowed a run on two singles and a wild pitch. Chuckie Fick recorded the final out in the eighth to strand two runners.
The Redbirds plated two in the sixth and another two in the ninth, the latter runs coming on Mark Hamilton's ninth home run of 2012. Matt Adams and Zack Cox each had three hits with Adams scoring a run and Cox driving in one. Cox is hitting .395/.452/.553/1.005 in 38 at bats over his last 10 games.
Wednesday's game: vs. first-place (American South) Albuquerque (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (4-6, 6.00 ERA)
Springfield - All-Star Break
Wednesday's game: off
Palm Beach dropped their fifth in a row as they were grounded by Clearwater 5-3 at home.
Geoff Klein singled and scored on a sac fly by Ronny Gil in the second to give the Beach Birds an early 1-0 lead. Starter Todd McInnis gave that back in the fourth when he allowed three runs to cross and then another two in the fifth. The righty did not record an out in the fifth with all five runs being earned. They came on nine hits. McInnis struck out five and did not walk a batter. The Threshers' final tally in the fifth was plated via a sac fly on reliever Drew Benes' watch. Benes gave up just a single in four frames.
Chris Edmondson and Luis De La Cruz had back-to-back singles with one out in the eighth to put runners at the corners for Klein, who came through with a single that brought Edmondson across. Yet another single, this one by Rainel Rosario, plated De La Cruz to close the gap to 5-3, but a pitching change ended the threat.
Wednesday's game: vs. Clearwater, 6:35 pm EST, Ryan Sherriff (4-0, 2.18 ERA)
A first-inning lack of control came back to bite Quad Cities as they went down at Wisconsin 3-2.
Willy Paulino's first start since the Dominican Summer League in 2009 began with him loading the bases on a single, the only hit he allowed, and two hit batsmen. The righty proceeded to force in two runs on back-to-back free passes. Paulino then retired 13 of his next 14 batters with the only base runner reaching on a fielding error by Neal Pritchard in the fourth that was erased on a double play. The 22-year-old issued his third walk of the night with two out in the fifth, his last inning of work. Paulino fanned six.
David Medina's solo shot in the second halved the Timber Rattlers' lead but Wisconsin got the run back in the sixth off Robert Stock when he gave up consecutive two-out walks and a single that plated the lead runner. Juan Castillo singled with two out in the ninth and was replaced by pinch runner Casey Rasmus. Rasmus eventually scored from second on a single by Roberto De La Cruz but runners were stranded at second and third to end the contest.
Wednesday's game: at Wisconsin, 7:05 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (1-2, 4.74 ERA)
The Muckdogs' pitching staff combined to hold the Spikes to a single tally on seven hits as they won 3-1 at home. It was Batavia's third win in their last four games after losing four of their first five.
Starter Joey Cuda picked up his first pro win by scattering five hits and a walk over five. He gave up a run in the fourth but that was all State College could muster against him. Jose Almarante shut down the Spikes on two hits over three innings while striking out four. Yunier Castillo earned his second save with a perfect ninth.
Batavia plated single tallies in the first and second to go up 2-0 and added a final run in the seventh. Third baseman Garrett Wittels paced the Muckdogs with three hits including two doubles and two runs driven in. Left fielder Jordan Walton drove in the team's other tally while second baseman Breyvic Valera scored twice. Catcher Jonathan Keener had a triple and scored once.
Wednesday's game: vs. State College, 7:05 pm EST, Daniel Bibona (0-0, 6.00 ERA)
Three Johnson City pitchers outdueled their Batavia counterparts by shutting out the opposition on just five hits in the Cards' 9-0 pounding of host Pulaski.
Our Player of the Day, starter Victor De Leon, led the way for the pitching staff, holding the Mariners to four hits over six while not walking a batter. The 20-year-old fanned five and had seven ground outs versus four fly outs. Southpaw Steve Sabatino gave up just one hit and a walk in two frames while striking out two. Thomas Lee tossed a scoreless ninth with just a walk issued.
The JC-Birds' nine runs came on 15 hits, led by left fielder Ronald Castillo with four and center fielder C.J. McElroy's three. McElroy scored three times while Castillo scored two and drove in another. Second baseman Ildemaro Vargas and shortstop Cesar Valera each had two RBI. Catcher Steve Bean scored a run and drove in one as did designated hitter Michael Knox, right fielder Lance Jeffries and third baseman Trevor Martin.
Wednesday's game: at Pulaski, 7:00 pm EST, Bryan Martinez (0-1, 21.00 ERA)
GCL Cardinals at GCL Astros - postponed due to rain
Rescheduled as part of a double-header on July 4th
Wednesday's game: at GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm EST, Hansel De Los Santos (0-1, 8.31 ERA)
The Dominican Birds managed just five hits in their 4-1 loss to the DSL Mariners at home.
Starter Dewin Perez (1-2) took the tough loss when he allowed a single tally on five hits and two walks in five. The 17-year-old lefty fanned six and collected six ground outs with no fly outs. Jorge Rodriguez gave up three runs on two hits and two walks in 2 2/3.
The team's only tally came in the eighth with them trailing 4-0. Left fielder George Araujo drew a one-out walk and scored on a single by right fielder Domingo Sanchez. First baseman Luis Cruz and designated hitter Alejandro Mejia split the Cardinals' other four hits.
Wednesday's game: at DSL Mariners, 10:30 am EST, Hector Salazar (0-0, 2.02 ERA)
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