Tyler Lyons gave up four runs in the first in Memphis' 6-2 defeat at Oklahoma City. The series is tied at one game apiece with two more yet to play.
Lyons (0-3) fanned nine in five innings but put himself in an early hole when his only walk and three of his four hits came in the first. The southpaw went on to retire 12 of the next 13 batters faced. Sam Freeman gave up a run each in the sixth and seventh on four hits and Eduardo Sanchez worked around two hits to toss a scoreless ninth.
Although each team had 10 hits, Memphis was able to translate theirs into only two tallies. Both came in the second when Mark Hamilton led off with a single and Eugenio Velez followed with his 11th home run of 2012. Adron Chambers' three singles led the Redbirds and both of Cedric Hunter's hits were doubles. Velez stole two bases.
Monday's game: at Oklahoma City, 7:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (4-6, 5.70 ERA)
A four-run eighth turned a close contest into a convincing 8-3 victory at home as Springfield swept Frisco out of town. It was the S-Cards' sixth consecutive triumph.
Kolten Wong and Greg Garcia's only hits on the night were singles that led off the eighth, which set the table for Oscar Taveras. Taveras' sole hit was a three-run bomb over the right field wall. Jamie Romak followed with a double, advanced on a single by Chris Swauger and was plated on Xavier Scruggs' single.
Swauger, our Player of the Day, was a double shy of the cycle. He ignited the Cardinals' scoring attack by driving in the first run, scoring the second and was responsible for half of Springfield's runs when he scored twice and drove in two. Romak came across twice and Jose Garcia scored one and drove in another.
Trevor Rosenthal picked up his seventh victory when he held the RoughRiders to two runs in the third and another in the fourth. All three tallies were the result of two home runs. The right-hander struck out eight in six innings and gave up four hits and two free passes in all. Justin Wright, Eric Fornataro and Deryk Hooker each threw scoreless frames.
Monday's game: Springfield hosts Midland for the first of three games, 7:08 pm CT, Richard Castillo (5-1, 2.82 ERA)
Palm Beach plated at least one run in six of their nine innings as they defeated their facilities partner Jupiter 7-2. It was the Beach Birds' fourth win in their last five contests and moves them to within a game of first behind Jupiter, Bradenton (PIT) and Fort Myers (MIN).
Anthony Ferrara scattered nine hits over seven-plus frames while limiting the Hammerheads to two runs, one earned. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Chase Reid stranded Ferrara's runner in the eighth on his way to retiring six of the seven batters he faced.
Geoff Klein went 3-for-4 including a double, two runs scored and one driven in. Mike O'Neill, Ronny Gil and Rainel Rosario each had two hits with O'Neill scoring twice, Gil scoring once and Rosario hitting a two-run bomb.
Monday's game: at Jupiter, 6:35 pm ET, Todd McInnis (0-5, 6.25 ERA)
Quad Cities was opportunistic at home on Sunday in their 3-1 victory over Wisconsin. Their win coupled with Burlington's loss gives the River Bandits sole possession of first place.
Outhit 6-4 by the Timber Rattlers, Quad Cities made their opportunities count. Two of their hits came in the second when they broke on top with two runs. Stephen Piscotty opened with a double, advanced to third on a fielding error and scored on a ground out. David Medina immediately followed that up with his sixth home run of 2012.
Wisconsin halved the lead in the fourth with a solo shot off starter Dail Villanueva. Villanueva limited the opposition to just three hits and a walk over six frames.
The River Bandits took advantage of their opponent's lack of control in the fifth when they brought their final run across on a walk to Nick Martini, a wild pitch that advanced him to second, another walk to Piscotty and Anthony Garcia's two-out single that scored Martini. Medina had half of the River Bandits' hits.
Monday's game: vs. Wisconsin (MIL), 7:00 pm CT, Willy Paulino (2-5, 5.10 ERA)
Batavia came out on the wrong end of a pitching duel at State College, dropping the opener of their three-game set 1-0 in 10 innings.
Starter Tyler Melling plus relievers Joe Scanio and Brandon Creath combined to shut out the Spikes on five hits and two walks over the first nine innings. Dyllon Nuernberg was charged with his first loss when he gave up a lead-off single in the 10th. That runner advanced to third on a sac bunt and throwing error by catcher Jesus Montero. Another single scored the winning tally.
Monday's game: at State College, 7:05 pm ET, Joey Cuda (1-0, 1.00 ERA)
The JC-Cards mustered just three hits in their 6-0 defeat at the hands of host Bristol.
Starter Juan Bautista was charged with his second loss against one win when he gave up three runs, earned, on four hits and five walks in just 3 1/3. Thomas Lee pitched out of a bases-loaded with one-out mess in the fourth by fanning his first two batters looking. Lee allowed a run in the fifth on two hits. Jacob Booden gave up a solo shot in the sixth, one of three hits he allowed that inning, and Zach Petrick was charged with a run in the seventh, the first of his two innings of work.
Monday's game: at Bristol, Victor De Leon (1-0, 0.82 ERA)
GCL Cardinals - off
Monday's game: vs. GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, Kender Villegas (0-1, 7.88 ERA)
DSL Cardinals - off
Monday's game: vs. DSL Royals, 10:30 am ET, Juan Perez (0-0, 8.25 ERA)
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