The Redbirds spotted the home Sounds three in the first, only to come back to seize a 4-3 lead in the third. After Nashville tied it up in the seventh, the game went to the 10th, at which point Lou Montanez' sacrifice fly scored Steven Hill with the game-winner. Brock Peterson tripled, walked, drove in two and scored one. Montanez also plated a pair.
Starter Brandon Dickson, in his first outing since his return from St. Louis, yielded four runs over seven innings. He allowed nine hits, but walked no one and fanned eight. Barret Browning, Maikel Cleto (win) and Victor Marte (save) kept the home club from additional scoring.
Sunday's game: at Nashville, 6:35 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (3-3, 4.58)
The playoff-bound Cards opened their final regular-season series with a very strong performance over the Travelers on the road. Springfield struck quickly, plating two first inning runs on an RBI double by Oscar Taveras and an RBI single by Chris Swauger. The Cards added two more in the third as Swauger bounced into an RBI fielder's choice and the other scored as Xavier Scruggs bounced into a double play.
Starter Seth Maness was his usual stingy self, throwing five scoreless innings on just three hits while not walking a batter. Post-season game one starter Carlos Martinez, Deryk Hooker, Eric Fornataro and Keith Butler added a scoreless inning apiece to finish Springfield's eighth shutout of the season.
Sunday's game: at Arkansas, 2:00 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (4-7, 4.23)
The Cardinals held a 1-0 lead from the third until the eighth, when Iden Nazario gave up two runs. Drew Benes was charged with three more, two earned, in the ninth, as the game got away from Palm Beach. The bullpen struggles ruined a very strong start from Todd McInnis. The right-hander threw six scoreless on five hits and a walk. McInnis fanned four.
The Cards committed an amazing six errors, making the fact that only one of the five runs was unearned a bit surprising.
On the positive side, Alan Ahmady went 2-for-3 plus a walk and collected the lone Palm Beach RBI. The rest of the lineup had just five hits among them as they went a collective 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Sunday's game: vs. Jupiter, 12:05 pm ET, Anthony Ferrara (5-7, 3.73)
The Bandits were officially eliminated from the Midwest League post-season with the one-run loss. They made a valiant attempt, closing a six-run deficit to one in the ninth inning before falling just short.
Starter Hector Hernandez went six innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Ricky Martinez yielded a run in the seventh inning, and Robert Stock gave up two unearned runs in the eighth due following a throwing error by Colin Walsh.
Saturday's game: at Beloit, 2:00 pm CT, Brad Watson (3-4, 6.81)
Batavia remains one game behind Auburn (division) and Brooklyn (wild card) after all three clubs won Saturday night. Neither of the others' games were as exciting as the 12-11 slugfest in which Batavia withstood the final punch for the split decision.
The Muckdogs were down 3-0 after two before taking a brief 4-3 lead in the third. It didn't last long as the home club stormed back to recapture the 7-4 edge after five. That's when Batavia plated eight in the sixth and seventh innings, but had to hold on as Williamsport crossed the plate twice each in the seventh and ninth. With the potential tying run at second base, Brandon Creath collected the final out via strikeout for his sixth save.
It wasn't a night for pitching as four of the five Muckdogs hurlers allowed two runs or more, including starter Corey Baker (four, three earned), Ramon Delgado (three), Dyllon Nuernberg (two) and Creath (two). Only winner Kevin Jacob, who tossed a scoreless sixth, kept the Crosscutters off the board.
Player of the Day Patrick Wisdom singled, doubled, tripled and drove in two over five at-bats. Matthew Young went 2-for-3, including a double. The outfielder had one RBI and scored three times. Kolby Byrd doubled and plated two while David Washington added a solo home run.
The Muckdogs are 19-2 over their last 21 games.
Sunday's game: vs. Auburn, 5:05 pm ET, TBA
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