Michael Wacha retired his first nine batters as Memphis defeated Iowa 4-1 at home. The Redbirds (11-7) keep pace with first-place Omaha (KC), one-half game out.
Wacha, our Player of the Day, earned his third victory without a loss with a superb outing that saw him give up three hits and two base-on-balls over seven. The sole tally against him came in the seventh after the right-hander had sent down 19 of 22 batters. A two-out double followed by a single ended his shutout bid. Wacha tossed 105 pitches, 71 for strikes, with six ground outs, four fly outs and six strikeouts. Eric Fornataro yielded a two-out single in the eighth and Victor Marte earned his fourth save with three straight ground outs in the ninth.
The first of shortstop Greg Garcia's two hits was a single with one out in the second that set the table for third baseman Jermaine Curtis' RBI double. Catcher Travis Tartamella grounded a two-out single to right to knock in Curtis.
Garcia and Curtis combined for two more in the eighth after second baseman Ryan Jackson led off with a double to right. A two-out double by Garcia brought Jackson across before Curtis singled to right to bring in Garcia. Centerfielder Oscar Taveras singled in three at bats with a walk and his third stolen base of 2013.
Wednesday's game: Off. Memphis heads out on a 12-game road trip with stops in Nashville, Albuquerque and Omaha.
Springfield's Tuesday night contest was postponed due to rain. It has been re-scheduled as part of an afternoon double-header today.
A four-run fifth was too much for the Beach Birds to overcome as they went down to visiting Fort Myers 5-1. Palm Beach took the series, two games to one.
Sam Gaviglio was cruising until he allowed five singles and a base-on-balls that plated four in the fifth. The other hit given up by the righty was a solo shot in the fourth. He issued three free passes on the way to being charged with his first loss in four decisions. Chris Corrigan scattered two hits and two walks over four in his 2013 debut.
The PB-Cards ended the Miracle's shutout bid in the eighth when third baseman Matt Williams worked a one-out base-on-balls. He advanced to third on Stephen Piscotty's second single of the game and touched home when Cody Stanley lined a single up the middle. Stanley and Piscotty were the only Cardinals with two hits although Williams did walk twice.
Wednesday's game: Off. Palm Beach plays three with stable mate Jupiter (MIA) beginning on Thursday before traveling to Daytona (CHC) for four.
Peoria's game at Kane County was postponed due to rain. The Chiefs' fourth rainout in the last two weeks has been re-scheduled for a May 16th double-header at Kane County.
Wednesday's game: Off. Six games remain on Peoria's current road trip, beginning with three at Dayton on Thursday.
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