Shelby Miller had his fourth straight positive outing in Memphis' 5-3 victory over visiting Salt Lake City. The Redbirds (47-79) are tied with Iowa (CHC) for last, 28 games behind Omaha (KC).
Miller (W, 9-9) kept the Bees off the board until his sixth and last inning when he yielded three tallies, earned, on three of the five hits he allowed, including a two-run long ball. The right-hander fanned seven with three ground outs and five fly outs. Adam Reifer, Jess Todd and Victor Marte each tossed a scoreless frame with Marte picking up his second save.
Steven Hill got the Redbirds' scoring started with a three-run bomb in the first that plated Eugenio Velez and Lou Montanez, who got on via a free pass and fielder's choice respectively. Pete Kozma singled and scored on Cedric Hunter's sac fly in the second while Jose Garcia's single in the sixth knocked in Brock Peterson after the latter had singled. Garcia had three singles and Hunter singled twice to combine for half of Memphis' hits.
Friday's game: vs. Salt Lake City, 7:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (5-10, 3.58)
The S-Cards took the second game of three with visiting San Antonio 7-4 to increase their lead in the North Division to 8 ½ over Arkansas (LAA).
Jermaine Curtis accounted for five of his team's seven runs by going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Seven other Cardinals had one ping with Jamie Romak and Xavier Scruggs both driving in two. Romak, Kolten Wong, Oscar Taveras and Ray Kruml touched home once each.
Reliever Deryk Hooker picked up his second win in five decisions by retiring all three batters he faced in the seventh. Carlos Martinez, facing the Missions for the second consecutive start, lasted just four innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits and four base-on-balls. It is the fourth straight start in which Martinez did not record an out in the sixth.
Friday's game: vs. San Antonio, 7:08 pm CT, Seth Maness (9-3, 3.03)
Palm Beach was swept by first-place St. Lucie after losing the final of three on the road. The fourth-place Beach Birds (24-30) are five games back in the standings.
The Cardinals found themselves in a 7-1 pit after four due to the pitching of starter Chris Corrigan and reliever Aidan Lucas. Corrigan (L, 2-8) coughed up two two-run bombs that were a part of the six earned tallies yielded. They came on eight pings in just 2 1/3. Lucas finished the third without issue but gave up another earned run in the fourth. The righty allowed three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 2 2/3. Travis Miller, Dean Kiekhefer and Zack Russell each tossed a scoreless frame.
The PB-Cards' first tally came in the second when Luis De La Cruz doubled with two outs and scooted home on Neal Pritchard's single. That was it until Palm Beach tried to make a game of it late with a four-run eighth. Doubles by Ronny Gil and Starlin Rodriguez sandwiched Mike O'Neill's single to begin the inning, with O'Neill driving in Gil and scoring on a sac fly by James Ramsey. Rodriguez raced home on a wild pitch to wipe the bases clean. Rainel Rosario singled, advanced to third on Chris Edmondson's single and came in on Cody Stanley's sac fly.
Friday's game: vs. fifth-place Fort Myers (MIN) (23-30), 6:35 pm ET, Seth Blair (0-1, 4.76)
Three River Bandits pitchers stifled the opposition's offense as Quad Cities trounced host Cedar Rapids 8-1. The sixth-place River Bandits (25-27) are six games in back of Clinton (SEA).
Dail Villanueva did not finish the second in either of his two most recent outings but rebounded to record the first out in the sixth on Thursday. Villanueva upped his record to 9-6 by scattering six hits and three free passes over 5 1/3. The sole run charged to him came in the sixth. Ethan Cole recorded the final two outs in the sixth to strand the bases full and fanned three over the next 2 2/3. Dixon Llorens was perfect in the ninth.
Quad Cities brought in two in the second on David Medina's walk, Matt Williams' triple and single by Nick Martini. Nick Longmire led off the second with a single and eventually came home on Anthony Melchionda's ground out. Melchionda added a three-run shot in the fifth that also brought in Colin Walsh (walk) and Stephen Piscotty (single). The final two runs came in the seventh when Walsh led off with a single and scampered home on Piscotty's first triple. Piscotty touched home on David Medina's 27th double of the season.
Friday's game: at Cedar Rapids, 6:35 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-0, 0.00)
The Muckdogs blew open a tight contest with four in the ninth as they sailed past host Williamsport 8-3. Second-place Batavia (29-26) kept pace with Auburn (WSH) with the victory and remain three games back.
Ben O'Shea evened his record to 2-2 by holding the Crosscutters to one run on four hits and two base-on-balls over five. Kevin Jacob yielded a run on two hits in the sixth while Kurt Heyer has the same output over two frames. Brandon Creath fanned two of the three he faced in the ninth.
Batavia pounced early with one in the first and three more in the second. Danny Stienstra's solo blast provided the first-inning firepower and consecutive singles by David Washington, Kolby Byrd, Reggie Williams and Gary Apelian did the damage in the second. The scoring in Batavia's ninth was a bit convoluted and included a plunked batter, a two-run throwing error, an intentional walk and a sacrifice double play.
Friday's game: at fourth-place Mahoning Valley (CLE) (26-29), 7:05 pm ET, Tyler Melling (3-1, 2.51)
It was Johnson City's turn to stomp on Thursday as they won handily 14-3 at Kingsport. The JC-Cards (28-24) split their four-game set with the Mets and move into a tie for second with Greeneville (HOU), 8 ½ behind Elizabethton (MIN).
A night after being trounced 14-4, the Appy Birds pounded out 18 hits, including seven doubles and three long balls. All three of designated hitter Michael Knox's pings were for extra bases with two doubles and a two-run slam for four RBIs and four runs scored. Infielder Trevor Martin was a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks, two doubles, a solo bomb, three runs scored and four driven in. Carson Kelly added a single to his two-run blast and crossed home twice. Shortstop Bruce Caldwell went 4-for-6 with a double, a run driven in and four scored.
Four Gulf Birds pitchers combined to shut out the GCL Nationals 2-0 on the road. The Cardinals (31-21) remain in first, 5 ½ up on the Astros.
Johnny Polanco was credited with his first win in four decisions when he limited his opponents to four hits and two free passes over the first five. Norge Paredes struck out two in two frames while Anderson Gerdel retired all three batters he faced in the eighth. Josh Renfro notched his first save by working around a hit in the ninth with two strikeouts.
Friday's game: at GCL Marlins, 10:00 am ET, Luis Perdomo (1-1, 5.00)
A four-run first lifted the Dominican Birds to a 5-2 road victory over the first-place Mariners. The fourth-place Cardinals (34-30) are 11 ½ back and have already been eliminated from playoff contention.
Jonathan Escudero (W, 6-1) limited the Mariners to two tallies on four hits and two base-on-balls. Both tallies came on a two-run long ball in Escudero's fifth and final inning of work. He fanned five. Ramon Santos kept the opposition off the board over the next three frames while Ismael Brito sealed the win with his 13th save.
Friday's game: at DSL Indians, 10:30 am ET, Isaac Silva (2-1, 3.02)
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