Oklahoma City 8 at Memphis 7 (7) (game two)
Memphis had mixed results in their opening day double-header with Oklahoma City (HOU), taking the opener 9-0 but dropping game two 8-7.
The Redbirds took an early lead in the opener when Kolten Wong worked a base-on-balls with one out in the first and raced home on Brock Peterson's single to left. That is how the score stood until the home team tacked on eight more in the fifth. Memphis loaded the bases on consecutive singles and a one-out walk which ended the night for the RedHawks' starter. The relief issued a free pass to Adron Chambers to force a runner across before Wong singled home another. Former Redbird Chuckie Fick entered the contest only to yield a ground-rule double to a rehabbing David Freese that plated two more. Two more base-on-balls forced the inning's fifth run home before Chad cleared the bases with a double to left. Huffman added a single to his double for the only multi-hit game by a Redbird. Freese went 1-for-4 with a strikeout, a run scored and two driven in while manning third.
Starter John Gast (W, 1-0) held Oklahoma City to three singles and a double in five with two of the hits coming in the first. The southpaw fanned seven while issuing three free passes and picking off the RedHawks' centerfielder twice. Eduardo Sanchez tossed the final two innings, with one hit, one walk and one strikeout.
In game two, Nick Greenwood took the loss in what was only his fifth start since 2009. The lefty allowed five runs, two earned, on four hits and two base-on-balls in 2 2/3. The big blow was a two-run blast in the third that led to his departure. Jorge Rondon recorded the final out of the frame before giving way to Maikel Cleto who was ineffective in his inning of work. Cleto yielded three tallies, earned, on three hits and two walks. Barret Browning retired six of the seven he faced, with one walk given up. Sam Freeman worked around a one-out double for a scoreless seventh.
Memphis trailed 8-3 entering the bottom of the seventh before driving in four to come up just short. Brock Peterson, Jaime Romak, Chad Huffman and J.R. Towles had two hits apiece with Peterson and Romak each doubling once. Towles drove in two while Jermaine Curtis knocked in three on a 1-for-4 performance.
Saturday's game: vs. Oklahoma City, 6:05 pm CT, Seth Maness (0-0, ---)
Springfield notched their first victory of 2013 with a 2-0 shutout at Corpus Christi (HOU).
Five S-Cards hurlers combined to one-hit the Hooks, beginning with starter Scott McGregor (W, 1-0) who allowed just a single to lead off the game. The right-hander struck out five and walked three in 5 2/3. Justin Wright issued a free pass of his own before recording the third out on a strikeout in the sixth. Deryk Hooker and Michael Blazek both fanned two and issued a base-on-balls in an inning of work before Keith Butler struck out the side to earn his first save of the season.
Chris Swauger got his squad on the scoreboard with a solo shot to left in the second. Tommy Pham's second hit of the day singled in Xavier Scruggs in the seventh after the latter worked a walk to begin the frame. Pham had two of his team's seven hits, one of them a triple and was the only S-Card with more than one hit.
Saturday's game: at Corpus Christi, 7:05 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (0-0, ---)
Palm Beach 8 vs, Charlotte 2 - (7) (game two)
Palm Beach got their quest for a league championship off to a roaring start by sweeping a home double-header versus Charlotte (TB), 3-1 and 8-2.
In the first game starter Sam Gaviglio earned his first A-Advanced win, going five innings with one run yielded on three hits. The righty fanned five while not issuing a free pass. Jonathan Cornelius struck out three with a single over the sixth and seventh for his first professional save.
The Beach Birds got all the scoring they needed when James Ramsey, our Player of the Day, led off the game with a double to left and touched home on Cody Stanley's two-out triple. Jonathan Rodriguez doubled home Stanley before Stephen Piscotty singled in Rodriguez. Ramsey added a double to his triple and Stanley singled for four of their squad's six hits.
The nightcap saw the Cardinals capitalize on early erratic pitching and field work to take a lead they never relinquished. Palm Beach scored four in the second, three unearned, that saw the Stone Crabs' starter plunk two, commit a throwing error and toss a wild pitch. After Charlotte responded with one in the third, the home squad tacked on three more in the bottom of the frame.
The sixth inning saw each team push across one more. Colin Walsh, Anthony Garcia and Nick Longmire each had two hits with Longmire doubling once. Walsh drove in two as did Ramsey who scored twice. Garcia, Longmire and Jonathan Rodriguez each knocked in one. Catcher Geoff Klein, who played in Australia during the off-season, was hit twice, reached on an error and walked once for a 1.000 OBP.
Lee Stoppelman (W, 1-0) picked up the win by striking out two in a perfect fifth, in relief of starter Kyle Hald. Hald fanned six over the first four, yielding a run on five hits while not walking a batter. Jose Almarante gave up a solo bomb in the sixth before Heath Wyatt hurled a 1-2-3 seventh.
Saturday's game: at Charlotte, 6:30 pm ET, Tim Cooney (0-0, ---)
Peoria dropped its second straight one-run contest, falling to Wisconsin 2-1 at home.
The Chiefs took an early lead in the second when centerfielder Charlie Tilson bunted his way on and advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt. Tilson scored on a groundout by Ildemaro Vargas that saw the Timber Rattlers' first baseman commit another throwing error when he tried to nail Tilson going for third. That was Peoria's sole tally as they managed just three hits in all and hit only four balls out of the infield.
Dail Villanueva (L, 0-1) took the loss in his first start of 2013, giving up a tally in the fourth and fifth on five hits and two base-on-balls in four plus. Zach Petrick struck out four with a sac fly that brought across an inherited runner and a hit batsman over three. Mike Aldrete fanned three over two frames and picked off the only batter to get a hit against him, a double to begin the eighth.
Saturday's game: vs. Wisconsin, 1:00 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (0-0, ---)
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