A six-run seventh turned a lead into a loss as Memphis fell 10-8 to Albuquerque at home.
The Redbirds were up 6-3 going into the seventh but six runs off John Gaub (0-1) and Chuckie Fick turned that into a deficit. Gaub did not retire a batter in giving up four runs, earned, on three hits and a walk. Two of those runs came across with Fick on the mound. Fick then allowed two runs of his own that inning, the first of two frames for him.
Each of Memphis' five pitchers yielded at least one run, although the tally PCL All-Star Barret Browning allowed in the fifth was unearned. Starter Scott Gorgen was charged with two runs on four hits and five walks in just four innings. Browning suffered the least damage - two hits in two frames - while Adam Reifer gave up a solo shot in the ninth.
Our co-Player of the Day Ryan Jackson was a perfect 4-for-4, including a double and solo bomb. He drove in five. Adron Chambers' pinch-hit single in the fourth drove in two with Chambers eventually scoring as well. Lead-off hitter Lou Montanez scored twice. Five other Redbirds either scored or drove in a run.
Friday's game: vs. Albuquerque, 7:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (3-7, 3.42 ERA)
Springfield - 2012 Texas League All-Star game
Oscar Taveras and Kolten Wong led the North squad to a 3-1 victory. Taveras was named the Most Valuable Player of the contest with a 3-for-4 performance that included a two-run blast in the third that put the North up 3-0. Wong singled and scored the game's first run earlier that inning.
The Cardinal Nation's game recap: "Taveras logs another big game on a big stage"
Friday's game: First-place Springfield opens a six-game home stand with three versus Frisco (TEX), 7:08 pm CT, Seth Maness (3-1, 2.53 ERA)
Palm Beach amassed 10 runs on 10 hits on their way to a 10-4 shellacking of Bradenton on the road.
All four of the Marauders' runs came off starter Chris Corrigan who evened his record to two-all with the win. Three of the four tallies were plated in the seventh when the right-hander gave up two walks, a wild pitch and a double that brought two runners across without retiring a batter. Corrigan allowed three hits and three walks and fanned five. The only hit Nick Gillung yielded in two frames was a double that plated Corrigan's final runner.
Geoff Klein, Luis De La Cruz and Jeremy Patton had two hits apiece for the Beach Birds. Klein plated twice and drove in another, De La Cruz scored once and had an RBI as did Ronny Gil. Patton drove in two. Nick Longmire's only hit was a double that scored two. He also drove in one.
Friday's game: at Bradenton, 6:30 pm EST, Brad Watson (0-2, 7.04 ERA)
Starter Sam Gaviglio had his best outing of 2012 in Quad Cities' 1-0 victory over Cedar Rapids at home.
Gaviglio, our co-Player of the Day, fanned eight over seven frames and allowed only one runner to reach second base. Three of his four hits allowed were singles and the right-hander did not walk a batter in earning his fourth win. Ricky Martinez retired the side in order in the eighth and Heath Wyatt worked around two singles in the ninth to pick up his 12th save.
The game's only run came in the fourth after Anthony Garcia led off with a single. He advanced to second on a walk to David Medina and scored on a one-out single by Luis Mateo. Nick Martini and Colin Walsh each had two of the River Bandits' six hits.
Friday's game: vs. Cedar Rapids, 7:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (4-4, 3.95 ERA)
Catcher Jonathan Keener singled with one out in the 17th and eventually scored the game winner as Batavia walked off with a 5-4 victory.
Keener's single to right was followed by two free passes that put him in the perfect position to score when outfielder Steven Ramos reached on a fielding error by the Jammers' shortstop. That made a winner out of Kevin Jacob who was the eighth Muckdogs' pitcher of the game. Jacob fanned two of the three batters he faced in the 17th.
Jamestown scored first with a solo shot in the fourth off starter Kyle Barraclough who gave up two hits in all over five. Batavia tied it up with a run in the fifth and went up when they plated another run in the seventh. Yunier Castillo blew the save when he allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth which sent the game into extras.
Joe Scanio allowed two runs in the 11th, his second inning of work, to put Jamestown up 4-2. Batavia, however, battled back with two in their half to tie the game back up at four all. The key hit was Garrett Wittels' two-out triple that scored Patrick Wisdom and Matthew Young. The Muckdogs had 16 hits, led by Young's four and Ramos' three. Both of the runs plated by Batavia in regulation were unearned as was the game winner.
Friday's game: at Jamestown, 7:05 pm EST, Kyle Helisek (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
It was a long night in Johnson City as the hometown team was pasted by Burlington 14-2.
Stalyn Lopez took the loss when he could not get out of the third. Lopez was charged with eight runs that inning, three of which were plated with Cody Springer on the mound. Lopez allowed a grand slam that was part of the six hits and four walks charged to him. Springer walked five in 1 2/3 innings along with two hits and was charged with a tally of his own. Thomas Lee had the best outing of the Cardinals' pitchers, giving up a solo shot in three frames. He did not walk a batter. All four runs charged to Jacob Booden came on three bombs he allowed in two innings.
Both of the JC-Birds' runs came in the third with them already trailing 8-0. Cesar Valera and C.J. McElroy opened with back-to-back singles and advanced when Lance Jeffries was hit by a pitch. Jeremy Schaffer's double to center brought Valera and McElroy across. Schaffer had two of the Cardinals' seven hits and was the only Cardinal with a multi-hit game.
Friday's game: vs. Burlington, 7:00 pm EST, Steven Gallardo (0-0, 2.25 ERA)
GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Nationals 1 (7)
The GCL Cardinals swept a double-header with the GCL Nationals by identical 2-1 scores. The Gulf Birds (6-3) are in first place, 1 ½ games up on the GCL Marlins.
In game one, the Cardinals loaded the bases in the fourth on a walk-single-walk sequence before a wild pitch plated Ronnierd Garcia and Amaury Capellan. Starter Hansel De Los Santos was the pitcher of record at that point but was not awarded the win because he did not finish the fifth. De Los Santos gave up a run in the fifth and departed after 4 1/3 with a runner aboard. That runner was erased when he was caught stealing.
Anderson Gerdel retired all four batters he faced to pick up his second win. Johnny Polanco worked around a lead-off single in the seventh to record his third save.
Starter Fidencio Flores earned his first win in game two by giving up a single tally on two hits in five. He fanned seven and did not walk a batter. Norge Paredes notched his second save by pitching around a lead-off single and two-out walk.
Both of the Cardinals' runs came in the third when Daniel Barbuena and Jhohan Acevedo singled with two outs. They came home on Brett Wiley's double to left before Wiley was thrown out at third. Those three hits comprised the total of the team's offensive output for the game.
Friday's game: vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 pm EST, Ramon Ulacio (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
The DSL Cardinals blew a 4-1 eighth-inning lead to go down in defeat to the DSL Indians 5-4 on the road.
A four-run eighth by the Indians was the game-changer and wasted a fine start by Issac Silva. The southpaw scattered five hits over seven and held the Indians to a single run. He fanned five. Jose Lara absorbed the loss when he yielded four runs, three earned, on four hits in 2/3 of an inning. The game-winning run scored on a wild pitch by Ramon Santos on the mound.
First baseman Luis Cruz was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, a solo shot and another run scored. Left fielder George Araujo went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs driven in. Shortstop Leobaldo Pina and designated hitter Alejandro Mejia each scored a run.
Friday's game: vs. DSL Indians, 10:30 am EST, Dailyn Martinez (0-0, 0.60 ERA)
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