Starter John Gast's return to form was not enough as Memphis fell to Omaha 6-2 at home.
Gast absorbed his fifth loss in 13 decisions despite having his first quality start since July 28th. Gast allowed two runs, earned, on seven hits over six with no walks. Three more tallies were charged to Jess Todd on five hits in the seventh while Maikel Cleto yielded an unearned tally in the eighth. Victor Marte threw a scoreless ninth.
Brock Peterson ended Omaha's shutout bid with a solo shot in the eighth, his third since signing with the Redbirds on August 14th. Vance Albitz opened the ninth with a single and eventually touched home on a two-out double by Lance Berkman. Berkman's rehab continued with a 1-for-3, two-walk performance. Albitz and Eugenio Velez both singled twice as the only Redbirds with more than one hit.
Thursday's game: vs. Omaha, 1:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (3-9, 4.23)
A three-run long ball in the ninth sent Springfield to a 6-5 defeat at home. Michael Blazek's record slipped to 5-8 when he gave up four hits in his only inning or work.
Boone Whiting's first Double-A start was a success as he limited the Drillers to single tallies in the third and sixth. The newly 23-year-old struck out five in six frames, with six hits and two base-on-balls. He departed trailing 2-1, turning the game over to Michael Wacha. Wacha allowed a run in the eighth on a double and single. The right-hander fanned four in two innings.
The S-Cards got Whiting off the hook for the loss when they knocked in two in the bottom of the eighth to tie. Adam Melker led off with his 10th bomb of 2012 followed by Chris Swauger's pinch-hit single that drove in Audry Perez (single). The Cardinals scored two more in the ninth on Oscar Taveras' two-run blast to pull to within one.
Thursday's game: vs. Tulsa, 7:08 pm CT, Kevin Siegrist (1-1, 2.96)
Our Player of the Day Chris Corrigan tossed the first perfecto in Palm Beach franchise history. Second-place Palm Beach (32-33) kept pace with Jupiter with the win, 4 1/2 games back.
Brian Walton has the details here.
Thursday's game: vs. Jupiter (MIA) (35-27), 6:35 pm ET, Seth Blair (1-2, 5.93)
The River Bandits rallied for six late-inning tallies to defeat visiting Kane County 6-5. Josh Renfro picked up the win in his full-season debut despite allowing two unearned tallies in the eighth, his second inning on the bump.
Down 3-0 midway through the sixth, Quad Cities brought across two to close to within one. Three more in the seventh gave them a 5-3 lead before the Cougars knotted the game up. Colin Walsh single-handedly provided the winning margin when he tripled to start the eighth then raced home on a throwing error by Kane County's shortstop. Jordan Walton singled, doubled, scored one with three RBIs. Gary Apelian doubled and touched home twice.
Johnny Polanco tossed a quality start in his full-season debut by scattering eight hits and three free passes in six plus frames. The 20-year-old yielded a tally in the first and two more in the fourth with six ground outs, two fly outs and two strikeouts. Ricky Martinez worked around a hit and a walk in the ninth for his fourth save.
Thursday's game: vs. Kane County, 7:00 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (1-2, 3.55)
Batavia won for the fifth straight time, 5-2 at Mahoning Valley, for a three-game sweep of the Scrappers. First-place Auburn is currently fashioning its own winning streak with four in a row so the best the Muckdogs could do is keep pace.
Starter Tyler Melling struck out six in 3 1/3, allowing all four of the opposition's hits with two unearned tallies. Kevin Jacob (2 2/3 innings), Ramon Delgado (two) and Dyllon Nuernberg (one) were perfect the rest of the way. Jacob was credited with the win to up his record to 3-1 and Nuernberg picked up his second save.
Danny Stienstra singled, drew a free pass and touched home twice while David Popkins knocked in two. Patrick Wisdom went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and one driven in. Both of Steven Ramos' hits went for extra bases as he doubled, tripled and crossed home once.
Thursday's game: at sixth-place Williamsport (PHI) (27-42), 7:05 pm ET, Tim Cooney (2-2, 3.14)
Johnson City won Wednesday's pitching duel with Burlington 2-1 at home to take game one of their best of three play-off series with the East Division champions. Games two and three (if necessary) take place at Burlington.
Silfredo Garcia (W, 1-0), who on any other night would have been the Player of the Day, held the team with the league's second-best slugging percentage to a single and double over six with four free passes issued. He also hit a batter. The righty had four ground outs, four fly outs and six ground outs.
Joey Donofrio worked around a one-out walk in the seventh but ran into serious trouble in the eighth when he loaded the bases on two singles and a base-on-balls with no outs. Closer Ronnie Shaban came in and gave up an unearned tally but limited the damage by striking out two, one looking and one swinging. Shaban earned his first save of the playoffs with a scoreless ninth.
Carson Kelly's home run to open the fourth gave the Appy Birds the lead. Jeremy Schaffer singled in Ildemaro Vargas in the seventh for the decisive edge after Vargas had reached on a fielder's choice. Clean-up hitter Bruce Caldwell, the squad's designated hitter for the contest, walked all four times he came to the plate.
The Johnson City Press covered the game here.
Thursday's game: at Burlington, 7:00 pm ET, Zach Petrick (0-0, ---) (5-0, 2.17)
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