The Redbirds pounded the RedHawks' bullpen for eight runs in a 10-3 road victory on Sunday. Memphis (6-4) is tied with Omaha (KC) atop the American North division.
Down 3-2 going into the seventh, Justin Christian singled in Greg Garcia (lead-off double) to tie up the game. The big blow, however, was Adron Chambers' bases-clearing double that knocked in Chad Huffman, J.R. Towles and Christian. The Redbirds poured it on with three more in the eighth, with two of the three runs produced by Towles' second home run of the season. Oscar Taveras singled and eventually scored his squad's final run in the ninth when Garcia smashed a line drive single to right.
Tyler Lyons (2-0) kept Oklahoma City off the board in five of his six innings, scattering nine hits and two walks that resulted in three runs in the third. A fourth tally was prevented when Taveras threw out a runner at home for the inning's final out. Jorge Rondon, Eric Fornataro and Nick Greenwood each tossed a scoreless frame.
Monday's game: at Oklahoma City (5-5), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
An 11-run fifth doomed Springfield to a 15-9 defeat to San Antonio in a home slugfest that saw a combined 27 hits. The S-Cards (3-7) are tied with Northwest Arkansas (KC) at the bottom of the North division, a game behind Tulsa (COL) and two in back of Arkansas (LAA).
San Antonio broke on top with four in the third off Seth Blair (0-1) but the home team tied it up in the bottom of the frame, thanks, in part, to a two-run double by Ruben Gotay that drove in Blair (walk) and Mike O'Neill (double). Xavier Scruggs' fourth long ball of 2013 followed to plate Gotay as well.
Tommy Pham's solo shot put Springfield on top in the fourth before O'Neill doubled in Starlin Rodriguez who reached on a throwing error. O'Neill, our Player of the Day, touched home when Jake Lemmerman singled to right to put his squad up 7-4. The left fielder added a single to his two doubles, scored three and drove in one.
The lead was brief as Blair did not retire any of the three he faced in the fifth. The 24-year-old coughed up eight tallies, earned, on eight hits and three base-on-balls in four plus.
Ramon Delgado was equally ineffective, allowing two of Blair's runners to score plus six of his own on five hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning. Justin Wright yielded two singles to bring in one Delgado runner, plus one of his own that was unearned due to a missed catch error by catcher Travis Tartamella, before getting the final out. Wright settled down to keep the Missions off the board in the sixth, seventh and eighth while striking out three. Deryk Hooker was perfect in the ninth.
The S-Cards got a single tally in the eighth when Pham led off with his fourth triple of the season and crossed on a ground out. O'Neill finished the scoring when he began the ninth with a single and eventually dashed home on a wild pitch.
Monday's game: vs. San Antonio (6-4), 7:09 pm CT, Richard Castillo (0-2, 7.00)
Like their Memphis counterparts, Palm Beach took advantage of their opponent's shaky bullpen for a 6-5 come-from-behind win. The victory over Jupiter is the Beach Birds' fifth victory in their last six contests and keeps them in a second-place tie with St. Lucie (NYM), three behind Fort Myers (MIN).
Held to just two hits over the first five innings by the Hammerheads' starter, Palm Beach's bats awoke against the bullpen in the sixth. Down 4-0, James Ramsey opened with a single and later touched home on a single by Cody Stanley. Anthony Garcia's two-out double brought two more across to close the gap to 4-3. The PB-Cards took the lead when they scored three more in the seventh on three singles, two walks – one intentional, and a throwing error.
Heath Wyatt picked up his first win pitching in relief of starter Jonathan Cornelius. Wyatt toed the rubber in the sixth and seventh and allowed a solo shot while fanning three. Cornelius could not finish the fourth, yielding four runs, two earned, on eight hits in 3 2/3. He did not issue a free pass.
Danny Miranda got the final out in the fourth, stranding two runners, before working around two singles and a hit batsman for a scoreless fifth. Ronnie Shaban earned his second save, striking out two with one hit permitted over the eighth and ninth.
Monday's game: Palm Beach (7-3) at Fort Myers (10-0), 7:05 pm ET, Travis Miller (0-1, 0.00)
Peoria had the tying run on base in the each of the last three innings but could not push it across, falling to host Quad Cities 3-2. It is the Chiefs' third loss in their last four contests and drops them to three behind Cedar Rapids (MIN).
Starter Tyrell Jenkins took his first 2013 defeat when he allowed a run to cross in the second and two more in his fifth and final inning on the mound. The righy gave up six hits and three walks with 12 ground outs and one strikeout. Joey Donofrio did not yield a hit but did walk two over two frames while fanning two. Corey Baker struck out two of the three batters he retired in the eighth.
The River Bandits' pitching kept Peoria off the board until the eighth when Mejia reached on a fielding error by begin the frame. Singles by Breyvic Valera and Jordan Walton jammed the sacks full with none out for Patrick Wisdom but the results were minimal as Wisdom hit into a 6-4-3 double play that allowed Mejia to score. A final threat fizzled in the ninth when Casey Rasmus hit into another double play to end the game.
Monday's game: Third-place Peoria (4-5) vs. second-place Burlington (LAA) (5-5), 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (1-0, 1.69 ERA)
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