Our co-Players of the Day Oscar Taveras and Ryan Jackson had four hits apiece to support Seth Maness' quality start, as the Redbirds pounded the RedHawks 10-6. The win kicks off an eight-game road swing and keeps Memphis (3-4) a game off the division lead set by Omaha (KC).
The Redbirds scored in each of the first four innings to build a 5-0 lead midway through the fourth. Taveras added a double to three singles in five at bats while crossing home twice. Shortstop Jackson had four singles, drove in one and scored two. Jamie Romak doubled twice, singled once, scored one and knocked in another to add to his team's 15-hit attack. Both of Jermaine Curtis' hits went for extra bases - a double and a triple - with two driven in and two scored. Kolten Wong had two RBI, both on sac flies.
Seth Maness (1-1) picked up his first win of 2013, keeping Oklahoma City off the board until the fifth when he allowed a tally on three of the eight hits he permitted in six frames. Maness fanned six with two free passes issued and threw 100 pitches, 72 for strikes. Jorge Rondon and Barret Browning each gave up a run in an inning of work with Maikel Cleto being the reliever hit the hardest. Cleto yielded three runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk in the ninth.
Saturday's game: at Oklahoma City (5-3) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Michael Wacha (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
Tommy Pham's triple plated two and Xavier Scruggs and Mike O'Neill added two hits apiece as Springfield won its first home game of the season, 6-3 over Corpus Christi. The S-Cards (3-5) gained a game on first-place Arkansas and are tied for second, a game back.
Springfield took the lead for good when Pham's sole hit of the game ignited a four-run second when he drove in Chris Swauger (single) and Adam Melker (walk). Pham came home on a sac fly by Travis Tartamella. The first of O'Neill's two singles knocked in Starlin Rodriguez, who got aboard on a double. After the Hooks closed the gap to 4-3 in the top of the fifth, Scruggs responded with a two-run bomb that brought O'Neill in as well. It was Scruggs' third long ball of the new season.
All three of Corpus Christi's tallies came off starter Anthony Ferrara, who did not record an out in the fifth. Four of the six hits allowed by the southpaw came in his final inning. Ferrara struck out four and walked one. Kevin Siegrist (1-1) bailed out his teammate by stranding two via two swinging strikeouts and a lineout to center. Siegrist worked around a two-out double in the sixth for two scoreless frames. Deryk Hooker, Michael Blazek and Keith Butler each kept the opposition off the board in their inning of work although each put runners on via a base-on-balls. Butler picked up his third save.
Saturday's game: vs. Corpus Christi (5-2) (HOU), 6:09 pm CT, Boone Whiting (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
Friday night's game between Palm Beach and Jupiter at their shared facility at Roger Dean Stadium was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a double-header on Saturday, April 13th.
Saturday's games: vs. Jupiter (0-7) (MIA). Game one – Tim Cooney (0-1, 9.00 ERA); Game two – upon completion of game one, Tyler Melling (1-0, 0.00)
Sloppy fielding played a key role in Peoria's 4-1 victory over Quad Cities in the River Bandits' home opener. The Chiefs (4-3) are tied for third, a game behind both Quad Cities (HOU) and Cedar Rapids (MIN).
The River Bandits' sole tally came in the third when a batter reached due to a throwing error by second baseman Breyvic Valera. The runner subsequently touched home on a two-out double and gave the home squad a 1-0 lead. Peoria responded with a run of their own in the top of the fourth when Patrick Wisdom drew a base-on-balls then tied things up on Jordan Walton's two-out double.
That is how the score stood until the 10th when Valera atoned for his earlier miscue by singling home Ildemaro Vargas, who pinch ran for Alex Mejia. Quad Cities' third error of the night permitted two more to cross and gave the Chiefs a comfortable lead. Valera, Walton and Mejia each had two hits - two singles by Valera, a double and triple for Walton and a single and double for Mejia.
Joe Scanio (1-0) fanned three in the eighth and ninth for the win, pitching in support of starter Kurt Heyer. Heyer struck out eight in five innings, with four hits and two walks and the unearned run allowed. Mike Aldrete followed Heyer, tossing the sixth and seventh with a hit, a free pass and two strikeouts. Dixon Llorens danced around a lead-off single and walk to notch his first save.
Saturday's game: at Quad Cities, 7:00 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (0-1, 4.50 ERA)
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