Starter John Gast put his team in an early 6-0 hole from which they could not recover as Memphis fell 6-3 at Iowa. It is the last-place Redbirds' seventh loss in their last eight contests.
Gast (L, 8-4), fresh of the disabled list, lasted just 1 1/3, yielding six runs, four earned, on two hits and six base-on-balls. Three of the tallies came on a three-run bomb in the first with the other three crossing in the second. Nick Greenwood went the next 3 2/3, with two singles and a sac fly that plated one of the three runners inherited from Gast. Maikel Cleto, John Gaub and Victor Marte each tossed a scoreless frame.
Monday's game: at Iowa, 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (2-8, 4.38)
Springfield allowed four late tallies as Corpus Christi flew by them 7-1 at home. The S-Cards have played their first-place counterparts in the South Division five times since August 11th and have dropped four of five in what could be a preview of the play-offs.
Richard Castillo lasted just four innings in absorbing his fifth loss against seven wins. Castillo yielded five singles, two doubles, five base-on-balls, a sac fly, plunked a batter and uncorked a wild pitch for three runs, earned. Michael Wacha's Double-A debut was memorable as the first-rounder fanned the side in the sixth and seventh, three times looking and three swinging. Wacha issued a free pass to the second batter he faced in the fifth. A run charged to Eric Fornataro on two hits in the eighth plus three by Keith Butler on three hits and a walk in the ninth blew the contest open.
The Cardinals' sole tally came in the sixth when Jermaine Curtis singled to left, advanced to third on an errant pick off attempt and came home on Oscar Taveras' sac fly. Kolten Wong had led off the frame with a bunt single, advancing to second on a wild pitch but was picked off second just prior to Curtis' single. Curtis, Wong and Jaime Romak each had two hits.
Monday's game: vs. Corpus Christi, 7:08 pm CT, Kevin Siegrist (1-1, 4.40)
The Beach Birds topped Fort Myers 6-4 at home on Sunday to salvage the final game of three with the Miracle.
The PB-Cards broke loose for five runs in the fifth to break a one-all tie. The big knock was Chris Edmondson's grand slam which brought across Ronny Gil, James Ramsey and Neal Pritchard who got on via two free passes sandwiched around a fielding error. The walk to Pritchard forced in Tyler Rahmatulla, who led off the frame by drawing his own base-on-balls. Alan Ahmady's solo shot in the fourth accounted for the Cardinals' other run.
Todd McInnis (W, 3-6) gave up a run in the first then kept Fort Myers off the board until the sixth when another three came across. McInnis' final line was four runs, earned, on seven pings and two walks in 5 1/3 with six strikeouts. Aidan Lucas inherited a first-and-third-with-one-out situation and allowed one to touch home on a sac fly. Lucas fanned four in 2 2/3 with two base-on-balls. Zack Russell sealed the win with two strikeouts in the ninth for his fourth save.
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Sam Gaviglio finished the seventh for the third time in his four most recent starts as Quad Cities downed Beloit 5-3 at home.
Our Player of the Day Gaviglio held the opposition to a maximum of one tally for the fourth time in his last five outings as he evened his record to 8-8. The right-hander yielded five hits and did not issue a free pass while striking out four. The only mark against him came on a solo shot in the second. Ethan Cole struck out two of the three he faced in the eighth before running into trouble in the ninth. Cole served up a double and home run that plated two and departed after yet another single. Heath Wyatt recorded the final out for his 19th save.
Both of Matt Williams' hits went for extra bases as the shortstop doubled and had a solo slam with two RBI. Designated hitter Stephen Piscotty singled twice with a run knocked in as the only other River Bandit with more than one hit. Eight players either scored or drove in a tally with Williams the only one to do both.
Monday's game: vs. Beloit, 7:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (7-5, 3.98)
Auburn 8 vs. Batavia 7 – game two
Batavia's play-off drive suffered a set-back as they dropped a pair of one-run contests at first-place Auburn, 5-4 in 10 and 8-7.
Game one completed a July 22nd contest that was suspended in the bottom of the eighth with a 3-3 score and a runner on. (See the July 23rd notebook for details.) Joe Scanio (L, 1-2) was Batavia's sole pitcher for the last 2 2/3 of the game. He allowed his inherited runner to cross to put Auburn up 4-3, but Patrick Wisdom singled in Steven Ramos (walk) to re-tie it up at four all. A lead-off free pass, sac bunt and two-out single resulted in the game-winning run in the 10th.
The Muckdogs led 5-2 heading into the fifth in game two but exited the frame down 7-5. Kevin Jacob took his first loss in three decisions when he allowed both runners inherited from starter Kyle Helisek to cross, then added two more in that frame. Jacob yielded three tallies in all on four hits, including a two-run blast, and two walks in 2 1/3. Jacob struck out five.
Helisek went the first 4 2/3 with five runs yielded on seven hits and two free passes. Two of the five tallies were produced by a two-run long ball in the fourth. Chris Thomas fanned two of the three he faced in the eighth.
Jacob Wilson is in a power groove with his third home run in as many days. Wilson's third bomb of 2012 came with two on in the fourth and brought in Wisdom (single) and Garrett Wittels (error). Lead-off batter Steven Ramos went 3-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and another driven in.
Monday's game: at Auburn, 7:05 pm ET, Corey Baker (2-2, 2.27)
Four Appy Bird errors led to seven unearned tallies as Johnson City fell to Princeton 10-2 at home. The JC-Cards still took the series 3-1 and remain ½ game up on Greenville (HOU) for the second play-off slot in the West division.
Stalyn Lopez (L, 3-4) yielded seven runs, one earned, in three plus frames on five hits and two walks. Lopez struck out seven. Jacob Booden allowed both inherited runners to come home in the fourth with another unearned tally of his own that frame. Booden went four innings in all with one hit and a walk. Both of the tallies charged to Cole Brand in two innings were earned and were the result of three pings and a free pass.
Johnson City finally got on the board in the eighth when they scored two unearned tallies of their own. Ricardo Lizcano began with a base-on-balls, advanced to third on a fielding error and came in on Lance Jeffries' ground out. Jeffries got into scoring position on a passed ball and raced in on a single by Leandro Mateo. Mateo had two of his squad's five hits.
Monday's game: vs. fifth-place Bristol (CWS) (15-39). Game one – 7:00 pm ET, Thomas Lee (2-4, 4.23); Game two – completion of game suspended on July 13th, TBA
GCL Cardinals – off
Monday's game: vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 pm ET, Luis Perdomo (1-1, 5.00)
DSL Cardinals - off
Monday's game: at DSL Royals, 10:30 am ET, TBA
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