A four-run eighth was Memphis' undoing as they fell 5-2 at Sacramento.
Brandon Dickson (L, 5-9) held the River Cats to a solo long ball through six but a lead-off slam plus two two-out singles in the eighth ended his night. Jess Todd relieved and allowed both runners to score plus one of his own on two hits. Dickson fanned eight and did not walk a batter.
Ryan Jackson tripled and scored on Adron Chambers' single to tie the game in the sixth and Matt Adams briefly put them ahead with his 17th home run of 2012. Adams singled and doubled and had half of his team's six hits.
Thursday's game: at Sacramento, 9:05 pm CT, John Gast (8-2, 4.63)
Springfield flew by Arkansas 7-3 on the road. The S-Cards have won the first two of three against the Travelers.
Jamie Romak drove in three and scored one on a three-hit performance, including a double. Xavier Scruggs doubled, walked, crossed home twice and knocked in two. Audry Perez' two singles brought two across. Oscar Taveras drew three free passes and scored once with Kolten Wong touching home as well.
Scott McGregor (W, 5-1) tossed his fourth consecutive quality start. The righty yielded two tallies in the sixth and another in his seventh and last frame of work on six hits and a walk. Deryk Hooker issued two free passes and a single but escaped damage with a double-play ball in the eighth. Eric Fornataro retired the final batter in the eighth and tossed a scoreless ninth to collect his fourth save.
Thursday's game: at Arkansas, 7:10 pm CT, Richard Castillo (5-4, 4.17)
Kyle Hald shut out the opposition into the seventh before things got interesting in the ninth as Palm Beach slipped past visiting Dunedin 4-3. The Beach Birds lead their four-game series 2-1.
Our Player of the Day Hald earned his second victory against one loss, striking out seven and scattering seven hits in 6 1/3. He walked one. Aidan Lucas pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh before running into trouble in the ninth. A walk, double and two singles brought three across and Dean Kiekhefer into the contest. Kiekhefer retired the only batter he faced to end the drama and notch his 14th save.
Starlin Rodriguez doubled in Rainel Rosario (single) and Tyler Rahmatulla (fielding error) in the fifth to break up the pitching duel. Chris Edmondson doubled in the sixth and came home on an errant throw that was a result of his successful steal of third. Cody Stanley's two-out single in the seventh knocked in our July Player of the Month Mike O'Neill, who got on board via a base-on-balls.
Thursday's game: vs. Dunedin, 6:35 pm ET, Todd McInnis (1-6, 4.95)
It was Last Man Standing on the banks of the Mississippi on Wednesday and Quad Cities fell 11-10 in a wild one.
Dixon Llorens absorbed his first loss when he gave up three in the ninth in a contest that featured 27 hits, 22 runs and six lead changes. Llorens' tallies came on three hits, including a two-run smash by Chiefs' designated hitter Dustin Geiger, his second bomb of the night. Geiger tied the Peoria team record with eight RBI.
Three of the six runs given up by starter Hector Hernandez in five innings were unearned. Hernandez walked two with five hits. Robert Stock blew one of the leads when he allowed two tallies on three hits in the sixth. Kyle Barraclough briefly restored order by shutting down Peoria over the next two frames.
Lead-off batter Nick Longmire went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI. Three-hitter Stephen Piscotty had three singles, a double, crossed home once and drove in two. Nick Martini doubled twice, singled once, stole a base, scored twice with two RBIs hitting in the eight hole.
Thursday's game: vs. Peoria, 7:00 pm CT, Brad Watson (1-1, 9.82)
Batavia scored in the ninth to win a pitching duel at Tri-City 1-0.
Patrick Wisdom opened the ninth with a double, advanced to third on David Washington's single to right and scored on a 5-3 ground out. That made a winner out of Dyllon Nuernberg (W, 2-1) who held the ValleyCats to a hit and base-on-balls while fanning three in two innings. Ben Freeman struck out seven over the first six on six hits. Brandon Creath sealed the win with his third save.
Wisdom reached base three times on the aforementioned double and two free passes. Washington was the only Muckdog with more than one hit as he singled twice.
Thursday's game: at Tri-City, 7:00 pm ET, Tyler Melling (2-0, 1.56)
Johnson City had the tying run at second with only one out in the ninth but could not push the runner across as they fell to Bluefield 6-5 at home.
Trailing 6-3 entering the ninth, the Appy Birds brought two across on back-to-back doubles by C.J. McElroy and Ildemaro Vargas. Adam Ehrlich's single knocked in Vargas but pinch runner Leandro Mateo was stranded at second when the final two batters struck out. Vargas and Ehrlich each had four hits with Vargas doubling and scoring twice with an RBI. Ehrlich drove in three. McElroy doubled two times as well with a run driven in and two scored.
Thomas Lee did not finish the fifth in his first professional start. Lee (L, 1-3) yielded single tallies in the first and second plus two more in the fifth before exiting with two outs. The right-hander gave up seven hits and two walks with three strike outs. Joey Donofrio yielded two unearned tallies in the sixth on a hit and a base-on-balls. Sam Tuivailala fanned four in two shutout frames. New arrival Cole Brand tossed a perfect ninth.
Thursday's game: vs. Bluefield, 7:00 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (1-1, 3.57)
Starter Kender Villegas continued a recent pattern as the Gulf Birds downed the Astros 5-1 in a contest that was called after the top half of the sixth.
Villegas (W, 4-2) has alternated good and poor outings over his last six starts. This time, the 19-year-old yielded a first-inning tally on a lead-off triple and sac fly before recording an out but then limited his opponents to two more hits and three free passes in six. The righty had six strikeouts, four ground outs and five fly outs.
The Cardinals tied the game in the second, adding single tallies in the fourth and sixth plus two more in the seventh on a two-run long ball by designated hitter Corderious Dodd. Five different Gulf Birds scored with catcher Rowan Wick and left fielder David Popkins also driving in a run.
Thursday's game: vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 pm ET, Ramon Ulacio (2-2, 5.25)
Four Dominican Birds pitchers combined to hold their opponents to a single earned run in the Cardinals 4-2 victory over the Indians on the road.
Frederis Parra (W, 4-1) kept the Indians off the board over four innings on two hits and a walk for a well-earned notch in the win column. Parra inherited a runners at the corners with none out jam in the fourth and did not allow a runner to cross.
Jonathan Escudero started and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks in three plus. Ismael Brito collected a well-deserved save, his 10th, when he retired both batters he faced in the eighth to strand two runners put on by Ramon Santos via free passes. Brito retired the side in order in the ninth with three strikeouts in all.
Centerfielder Carlos Torres had three singles, touched home once and drove in two. Shortstop Robelys Reyes went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored while designated hitter Leobaldo Pina singled twice, walked once and crossed home once.
Thursday's game: vs. DSL Indians, 10:30 am ET, Dewin Perez (1-4, 2.45)
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