Jorge Rondon balked in the winning run as Memphis (11-9) was edged by host Nashville 2-1. Memphis has dropped the first two games of the series and will try to salvage a split, beginning Saturday night.
Rondon (L, 1-1) yielded a one-out double to begin his second frame on the bump. The runner advanced on a ground out and crossed home when the righty was called for a balk. It was a disappointing end to a contest that saw three other Redbirds pitchers scatter four hits over seven frames.
All three hits given up by Nick Additon came in the fourth, resulting in a tally that tied the game at one all. The lefty fanned six with one base-on-balls over five frames for his best outing in four starts this year. Barret Browning worked a scoreless sixth before running into trouble in the seventh. The Georgia native put the first two on via a double and a free pass which brought Keith Butler into the game. Butler got a force at third then a 4-6-3 double play to douse the fire.
The Redbirds outhit the Sounds eight-to-six but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12. Their only run came in the first when Adron Chambers singled up the middle and eventually scored when Kolten Wong's sac bunt was fielded by the pitcher who was charged with an error on the throw. Oscar Taveras had his squad's only extra-base hit, a double to go with a single in four at bats. Wong and Greg Garcia both singled twice in four at bats.
Saturday's game: at Nashville, 6:35 pm CT, John Gast (2-0, 0.00)
Springfield's contest with Arkansas was postponed due to weather. It will be made up on Sunday, April 28th, as game two of a double-header.
Saturday's game: vs. Arkansas, 6:09 pm CT, Richard Castillo (1-2, 3.48)
Travis Miller allowed tallies in each of the first four innings as Palm Beach (12-9) fell to Jupiter 5-3.
Miller (L, 0-2) yielded a straight number in the first three frames but could not finish the fourth, giving up all five of the Hammerhheads' tallies, four earned, on six hits and a walk over 3 1/3. The last run charged to Miller scored under Jonathan Cornelius' watch. Cornelius permitted two hits and a base-on-balls over 2 2/3 and matched Miller's four strikeouts. Brandon Creath and Jose Almarante each tossed a scoreless frame with Creath fanning two of the three he faced.
Trailing 3-0, the Beach Birds knocked in two in the top of the fourth on three singles and a walk that plated Stephen Piscotty (single) and Danny Stienstra (walk). Piscotty, our co-Player of the Day, smashed his third long ball of 2013 in the eighth. The right fielder accounted for all three of his team's tallies, with three hits in five at bats, two runs scored and another driven in. Anthony Garcia and Jonathan Rodriguez each singled twice in four at bats while Garcia had an RBI.
Saturday's game: vs. Jupiter (6-15), 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Hald (1-0, 2.45)
Hector Hernandez fanned eight as Peoria (9-9) shut out Dayton 3-0 on the road.
Hernandez, our co-Player of the Day, evened his record to 1-1 when he held the Dragons to three hits and two base-on-balls over 5 1/3. The southpaw put the lead batter on in the sixth when he plunked him then wild pitched him to second. After a swinging strikeout, Hernandez gave up an infield hit to short that led to his exit.
Corey Baker stranded both runners when he retired Dayton's five and six hitters on a line out to center and swinging strikeout. Baker wiped out a single to begin the seventh on a double play. Zach Petrick was credited with his third save, this one the two-inning kind. He yielded two hits and a walk while fanning four.
The Chiefs got on the board with two in the first on Jacob Wilson's third bomb of the season. Wilson reached on a fielding error in the eighth, advanced on a wild pitch, went to third on a single by Jordan Walton and crossed when a throw on a pickoff attempt went awry. Walton joined C.J. McElroy as the only Chiefs with two hits. McElroy scored in front of Wilson in the first.
Saturday's game: at Dayton (7-14), 6:00 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (1-0, 1.80)
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