Jaime Romak, our Player of the Day, was a perfect 3-for-3 with a three-run bomb as Memphis headed New Orleans 8-3 to take the first two of their four-game road series. The victory also gave them sole possession of first place in the American North division.
Romak's home run kicked off the Redbirds' scoring in the first with two outs. He touched home in the fourth for an unearned tally after working a base-on-balls to get on and eventually crossing on a two-base fielding error by the Zephyrs right fielder. Romak was a triple shy of the cycle but drew two walks, one intentional, scored two runs and drove in three.
Oscar Taveras, who doubled and crossed ahead of Romak in the first, hit his first long ball of 2013 in the fifth. That two-run blast brought the score to 6-0. Taveras scored three times in four at bats with a sac bunt. Memphis' offense produced single tallies in the seventh and ninth to cap the night. Kolten Wong and Brock Peterson each had two hits and touched home once with one of Wong's hits being a double.
Seth Maness (2-1) kept New Orleans scoreless until the sixth when he yielded a two-run home run. Maness' night ended after he allowed two singles and a passed ball that plated a runner in the seventh. The righty gave up 10 hits in six plus frames with four strikeouts and no walks allowed. Jorge Rondon shut out the opposition on two hits and a walk in the seventh and eighth before Victor Marte tossed the ninth.
Thursday's game: Memphis (7-5) at New Orleans (6-6), 7:00 pm CT, Michael Wacha (1-0, 4.00)
Thursday's game: Springfield (5-7) @ Arkansas (LAA) (6-6), 7:10 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (season debut)
Palm Beach came from behind to hand Fort Myers their first defeat of the season, 5-3, on the road. The win salvages game three of the series against the red-hot Minnesota affiliate and brings the third-place Cardinals (8-5) to four games back.
Fort Myers struck first with two in the third off Sam Gaviglio (3-0) but that is all they would get. Gaviglio scattered seven hits and two walks over six, with a wild pitch and a hit batsman. The fifth round selection in 2001 fanned three.
Back in the pen, Jonathan Cornelius retired all six batters he faced, four of them by strikeout. The Miracle mounted a ninth-inning rally against Heath Wyatt when four straight singles plated one runner and put the winning run on. Wyatt induced a 6-3 double play to finish the contest and record his second save.
Down 2-0, the Beach Birds knotted the game at two all in the fifth on Nick Longmire's two-run, two-out double that plated Ronny Gil (single) and James Ramsey (walk). Juan Castillo singled in Tyler Rahmatulla (double) in the sixth to give Palm Beach the lead. Consecutive ground outs in the eighth by Rahmatulla and Castillo brought in Colin Walsh and Jonathan Rodriguez for what turned out to be the difference in the game.
Thursday's game: @ Bradenton (PIT) (2-11), 6:30 pm ET, Tim Cooney (1-1, 4.50)
The postponed contest was the third for Peoria in the last eight days. It will be made up when the Chiefs play at Burlington May 26-28, since Burlington does not visit Peoria again in the season's first half.
Thursday's game: Peoria (5-6) vs. Cedar Rapids (MIN) (9-3), 6:30 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (0-1, 4.50)
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