Memphis blew an early five-run lead, falling to visiting Oklahoma City (HOU) 14-10 in 11. The team's record slips to 1-3 as a result.
Redbirds batters pounded out 15 hits, led by rehabbing David Freese and Justin Christian, who had three apiece. Both had a double and two singles with Freese scoring one and knocking in two. Christian topped that with four RBI. Greg Garcia, Jaime Romak and Brock Peterson each had two hits, including Peterson's first home run of 2013, which came in the bottom of the 11th.
Starter Michael Wacha allowed two tallies on five hits and four base-on-balls in four, one of the hits being a solo shot. Those were the first runs scored off the right-hander to date in 2013, including spring training, and he exited with his squad up 4-2.
Memphis tacked on another three in the fifth to increase their lead to 7-2 but Oklahoma City matched that in the sixth with three off Sam Freeman. The lefty had a perfect fifth but issued two free passes the next frame, with an errant pickoff throw and a wild pitch producing one run, serving up a two-run shot. Jorge Rondon recorded the final out that inning and was the only Redbird not to give up a run with a scoreless seventh.
Maikel Cleto retired his first two batters in the eighth but ran into trouble when he gave up a base-on-balls and a single that ended his stint. Victor Marte allowed both runners to cross plus one of his own in the eighth which gave the RedHawks their first lead at 8-7.
The home squad re-took the lead 9-8 when they pushed two more across but Marte coughed up a tally in top of the ninth to send the game into extras. Barret Browning (L, 0-1) took the loss when he gave up five in the 11th, his second inning on the mound, including a three-run shot. Redbirds pitchers issued a whopping 11 free passes to just one by the RedHawks. Those 11 walks produced six tallies.
Monday's game: vs. New Orleans (MIA) (2-2), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (season debut)
Boone Whiting retired 10 in a row as Springfield edged host San Antonio 2-1 in the first of three against the Missions. The S-Cards even their record at two all with the win.
Whiting (W, 1-0) sent down the first 10 he faced before San Antonio scratched out a run in the fourth on two singles sandwiched around a steal. The righty yielded five hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. Deryk Hooker and Michael Blazek each fanned one in their respective one inning of work. Keith Butler maneuvered around two errors that put the tying run in scoring position to pick up his second save.
The Missions replaced their starter to begin the sixth and Springfield immediately pounced for a tally that tied the contest. Tommy Pham led off with a triple and raced in on a double by Ruben Gotay. Luis Mateo began the seventh with a double, advanced to third on a sac bunt and scored on a double by Chris Swauger, pinch hitting for Whiting.
Monday's game: at San Antonio, 7:05 pm CT, Seth Blair (season debut)
Stephen Piscotty's two bombs paced Palm Beach (3-1) to an 8-1 trouncing of host Charlotte (TB).
Piscotty, our co-Player of the Day, knocked a two-run blast in the fourth that gave his squad a 3-0 lead. After Anthony Garcia matched that with his own two-run dinger in the seventh, Piscotty again went long later that frame to bring in two more. Jonathan Rodriguez, aboard via a walk for each of Piscotty's home runs, singled and doubled once as well. Danny Stienstra singled four times in five at bats, hitting behind Piscotty.
Starter Tyler Melling (W, 1-0) limited the Stone Crabs to four hits in five innings, striking out three with no walks. Lee Stoppelman allowed a tally on three hits in two frames. Danny Miranda and Ronnie Shaban each hurled a scoreless frame.
Monday's game: Off.
Peoria blasted four home runs in their first five innings as they coasted to a 7-2 victory over Wisconsin (MIL). The win gave the Chiefs a split of their four-game set with the Timber Rattlers.
Our co-Player of the Day Patrick Wisdom's first of two long balls for the day got Peoria on the scoreboard in the first, 3-0. Jacob Wilson immediately followed with a solo shot, his only hit of the day. Breyvic Valera singled in Gerwuins Velazco in the second to up the lead to 5-0 after Velazco doubled to right. Alex Mejia's solo bomb in the third brought the score to 6-0 before the homer parade ended in the fifth when Wisdom led off by sending one over the left field wall. Wisdom singled in the seventh to cap a three-hit performance.
Starter Kyle Helisek (W, 1-0) kept the opposition off the board until the sixth whereupon he wild pitched a run across which led to his departure. Helisek scattered six hits over 5 1/3 with four strikeouts and two walks on 87 pitches, 52 strikes. Joe Scanio fanned three in 1 2/3 while Mike Aldrete yielded a tally on a single, hit batsman, wild pitch and sac fly in the eighth. Cory Baker tossed a 1-2-3 ninth and no reliever gave up a base-on-balls.
Monday's game: vs. Beloit (OAK) (1-3), 6:30 pm CT, Joey Cuda (season debut)
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