Memphis was shut out by Salt Lake City 5-0 at home in the final game of four with the Bees. The Redbirds dropped the series 1-3.
Brandon Dickson (L, 5-11) continues to pitch much better than his won/loss record reflects. The righty scattered seven hits and a base-on-balls over six with six strikeouts. The only blemish was a two-run long ball in the fifth, the first of two by the Bees' shortstop. John Gaub gave up the other home run, a solo shot, in the sixth while Maikel Cleto fanned two of the three he faced in the seventh. Jorge Rondon interspersed three strikeouts with three hits and two earned tallies in the ninth.
Memphis had seven pings, all singles, but could not string together any offense, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Right fielder Matt Young went 2-for-3 with a walk in his Redbirds' debut. Eugenio Velez was the only other player with more than one hit with two singles.
Saturday's game: Fourth-place Memphis (47-80) at third-place Iowa (CHC) (48-79), 7:05 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-1, 5.91).
Maness (W, 10-3) rebounded from a sub-par start on the 11th to hold San Antonio to a solo shot in the fifth of his eight-inning outing. The control specialist walked an uncharacteristic two batters with four hits and six strikeouts. Michael Blazek fanned two in the ninth.
Four of the Cardinals' 12 hits went for extra bases, including both of Kolten Wong's pings. The lead-off batter doubled, tripled, touched home once and knocked in one. Centerfielder Adam Melker went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and one driven in. Audry Perez singled, doubled, crossed home once and brought one across.
Saturday's game: vs. first-place (South Division) Corpus Christi (HOU) (32-21), 6:08 pm CT, Scott McGregor (5-1, 5.40)
A five-run eighth doomed the Beach Birds to a 9-4 home defeat by Fort Myers. Palm Beach has lost four in a row.
The Miracle only scored in two frames but their output in each was considerable. Starter Seth Blair (L, 0-2) retired the side in order in the first but allowed four to cross in the second on a lead-off solo bomb, two free passes, a single, sac fly and two-run double. Blair finished his third and last frame with another double served up.
Danny Miranda fanned three over three shutout frames for his first scoreless appearance of his three outings since joining Palm Beach. Jose Almarante tossed a perfect seventh but did not record an out in the eighth. Almarante gave up back-to-back singles followed by two free passes that forced a run across and ended his night. Dean Kiekhefer allowed all three inherited runners to score, aided by two errors and a plunked batter. The southpaw worked around two hits and another error to keep the Miracle off the board in the ninth, but the damage was done.
The Beach Birds outhit the Miracle 11 to 10 but stranded nine. They knocked in one in the second and two in the fifth to draw within one of Fort Myers. Their final tally came in the ninth. Cody Stanley slammed his first home run of 2012, a two-run blast that also drove in Chris Edmondson, and Stanley earlier singled twice. Ronny Gil had two singles, a double, a run scored and brought one across in addition to his 13th stolen base of the season.
Saturday's game: vs. Fort Myers, 5:35 pm ET, Kyle Hald (3-2, 3.56)
The River Bandits yielded a tally in the ninth for a walk-off 3-2 loss at the hands of host Cedar Rapids. The loss prevented a three-game sweep by Quad Cities.
The Kernels took an early lead with a tally in the second off starter Boone Whiting that came on two of the three pings he allowed plus a wild pitch. Whiting exited after five with his squad up 2-1 due to single scores in the third and fifth. The right-hander fanned five with one free pass.
A plunked batter to start the seventh came back to bite Jonathan Cornelius when he coughed up a two-out double that allowed the tying run to cross. Cornelius was replaced by Heath Wyatt, who recorded the final out in the seventh. Wyatt (L, 4-6) was perfect in the eighth, but was charged with the loss when he gave up a one-out double and single in the ninth.
The River Bandits capitalized on consecutive walks to Matt Williams and Luis Mateo that kicked off the third. Williams crossed home on Nick Martini's one-out single. Martini's fifth-inning double drove in Jordan Walton, who had reached via a single. Martini had two of his squad's six pings and was the only player with more than one.
Saturday's game: Sixth-place Quad Cities (25-28) vs. third-place Beloit (MIN) (28-25), 7:00 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (3-4, 5.40)
Scores in three straight frames provided Batavia with the winning margin as they edged Mahoning Valley 3-2 on the road. The win was the Muckdogs' fourth in a row and allows the second-place team to keep pace with division-leader Auburn.
The contest was scoreless until the sixth when Batavia broke through on Jacob Wilson's first professional bomb. The lead evaporated in the bottom of the frame when starter Tyler Melling yielded two runs on two of the four hits he allowed. One of the two tallies was unearned due to Melling's throwing error on a sac bunt.
The Muckdogs tied the game in the seventh on Wilson's sac fly upon which Danny Stienstra raced home. Stienstra had opened the frame with a single and advanced on a ground out and passed ball. Chris Thomas relieved Melling and earned his first win in as many decisions when he tossed 1 2/3 shutout innings with four strikeouts and a hit. 20th-round selection Matthew Young gave the Muckdogs the lead when he began the eighth with his second slam of 2012. All-Star Lee Stoppelman fanned four to notch his fourth save.
Saturday's game: at Mahoning Valley, 7:05 pm ET, Tim Cooney (2-1, 2.72)
Johnson City 8 vs. Princeton 4 (7) – game two
The Appy Birds took a pair from the Rays, winning the opener 10-9 and taking the nightcap 8-4, both times coming from behind. The JC-Cards moved into sole possession of second with the sweep, ½ game up on Greenville (HOU).
The Cardinals were opportunistic in game one when they erased a 9-4 seventh-inning deficit by scoring six for the walk-off victory. Johnson City took advantage of four wild pitches, three walks and a passed ball that went with four singles and a double. Appropriately, the winning score came across on the passed ball.
Cesar Aquilar evened his record to 1-1 by holding Priceton to a run on four pings over the final 3 1/3. Willy Paulino started, yielding eight tallies, three earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls over 3 2/3.
Down 3-0 after one-half an inning in game two and 4-2 after three, the Cardinals rallied with one in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth. Third baseman Bruce Caldwell swung the hottest bat with two singles, a double, a run scored and four RBIs. Trevor Martin added a single to hit solo shot and knocked in another. Ildemaro Vargas scooted home twice on a single and double.
Joey Donofrio picked up his second win in four decisions by keeping the Rays off the board over 2 2/3 frames with three strikeouts and three hits. Donofrio pitched in relief of Zach Petrick, who allowed four tallies, three earned, on five hits over three. Ronnie Shaban sealed the win with 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball for his league-leading 14th save.
Saturday's game: vs. Princeton, 6:00 pm ET, Victor De Leon (2-0, 3.06)
Four Gulf Birds pitchers tossed a combined three-hitter as the Cardinals shut out the Marlins 5-0 and are now within two victories of clinching the East Division title.
Starter Fidencio Flores struck out six over the first four frames with two hits. Ramon Delgado tossed a one-two-three fifth before Burny Mitchem upped his record to 2-0 by fanning five of the nine batters he faced over three. Juan Caballero yielded a ping in the ninth. None of the four issued a free pass.
The Cardinals transformed 12 hits into five tallies with one in the first and four in the third. Luis Perez singled, tripled, came home once with two RBI. Brett Wiley went 2-for-5 with a run scored and one driven in. Anthony Bryant, Ronnierd Garcia and Steve Bean each had two hits with Bryant and Garcia doubling once. Bryant scored a run and Garcia drove in one.
Saturday's game: vs. GCL Marlins, 10:00 am ET, Luis Perdomo (1-1, 5.00)
Southpaw Silva struck out an eye-popping fifteen over seven and was just two walks shy of a perfect outing. Parra fanned two over the last two innings with two ground outs and a fly out.
The Dominican Birds converted five singles, seven walks, five wild pitches, three hit batsmen and an error into five tallies, three earned. Eight different players either scored or drove in a run. Lead-off batter Robelys Reyes was the only Cardinal to accomplish both feats on two hits. Jeffry Cerdas drew three base-on-balls and Leobaldo Pina walked twice as each player touched home once.
Saturday's game: vs. DSL Indians, 10:30 am ET, Ramon Santos (1-2, 1.88)
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