The Redbirds (10-7) went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine overall in their 5-2 defeat to Iowa at home. The four-game set still stands at two games to one in favor of the home team.
The Cubs took a lead they never relinquished with two in the first against Seth Maness (2-2). The six-footer allowed all five tallies, earned, on eight hits, including a two-run bomb, and a base-on-balls over six. Maness fanned two with eight ground outs and seven fly outs. Nick Greenwood retired all six batters faced, striking out two while Keith Butler wiggled around two free passes for a scoreless ninth.
Memphis finally broke through for two in the sixth. A base-on-balls to Ryan Jackson forced in Justin Christian (single) before Chad Huffman's infield single to third with two outs plated Kolten Wong (single). Christian and Wong both singled twice while the former drew two free passes.
Tuesday's game: vs. Iowa (6-11), 2:02 pm CT, Michael Wacha (2-0, 2.25)
Three three-run frames by the S-Cards overcame an early 4-0 deficit as Springfield flew over visiting Northwest Arkansas 9-6.
Six of the nine hits yielded by starter Scott McGregor over 5 1/3 came in the first and produced four runs. McGregor settled down to retire 13 of the next 14 faced before the second of his two base-on-balls and a single got him the hook. The righty struck out five.
McGregor departed with his squad up 6-4, thanks to three tallies each in the fourth and fifth. Starlin Rodriguez' first long ball of 2013 accounted for two in the fourth while three different Cardinals drove in one in the fifth. Reliever Kevin Thomas stranded both of McGregor's runners in the sixth but permitted the opposition to tie the game up in the seventh on three singles and a walk.
Springfield (9-8) answered with three in the bottom of the frame, two via Xavier Scruggs' fifth home run. Chris Swauger went 3-for-4 with three singles, two driven in plus one scored, to lead the 12-hit attack. Scruggs, Ruben Gotay and Jake Lemmerman had two hits apiece while Scruggs and Gotay each scored twice and Scruggs knocked in three in all. Lead-off batter Mike O'Neill set the table, doubling in two at bats with two base-on-balls and two runs scored.
Tuesday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (5-12), 7:09 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (0-0, 3.38)
The Beach Birds' balanced offense pounded out 14 hits in their 7-4 victory over Fort Myers at home. The win gives Palm Beach (11-7) the first two games of the set and ensures the series win.
Six different Cardinals had two hits and five of them touched home at least once. Six players knocked in a tally. Nick Longmire, Cody Stanley and Jonathan Rodriguez did all three. Longmire singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in one, Stanley singled twice in four at bats with a walk, a run scored and one knocked in. Rodriguez went 2-for-5 while crossing once and driving in one.
Scott Gorgen (1-0) picked up the win in his 2013 debut, pitching in relief of Kyle Hald. Gorgen came in with a 3-2 edge to begin the fifth but lost the lead when he gave up a walk, triple and single that plated two. Gorgen gave up six hits plus two base-on-balls over three with two strikeouts. Both tallies charged to Hald came in the fifth on two of the three hits he allowed plus one of two walks. Iden Nazario was credited with his first save since 2011 with a perfect ninth.
Tuesday's game: vs. Fort Myers (14-4), 6:35 pm ET, Sam Gaviglio (3-0, 2.65)
Patrick Wisdom's three-hit performance led Peoria to a 9-6 road victory over Kane County (CHC) to even the series at one game apiece. The win evens the Chiefs' record to 8-8.
Wisdom, our Player of the Day, was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a single, double and his fourth long ball of the season, a solo shot in the fourth. The first baseman touched home three times, drove in two and worked two free passes.
Right fielder Michael Swinson, centerfielder Charlie Tilson and designated hitter Breyvic Valera each singled twice. Swinson scored one and knocked in three, Tilson crossed once with two RBI while Valera touched home twice. Carson Kelly's struggles with full-season ball continued with a 0-for-3 night, although he did work a free pass.
Zach Petrick (1-0) entered the contest in the sixth with a runner at third and one out. After walking the first batter, Petrick benefited from a double play in which Swinson caught the ball then threw out the runner at home. The Illinois native gave up a solo shot in the seventh, his second and last inning on the bump. Petrick yielded two hits and two base-on-balls while fanning one.
Kyle Helisek went the first 5 1/3, allowing five tallies, four earned, on seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Dixon Llorens earned his third save, yielding a hit and two base-on-balls in 1 2/3.
Tuesday's game: at Kane County (7-9), 11:00 am CT, Joey Cuda (1-0, 2.57)
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