Jorge Rondon's total ineffectiveness in the ninth doomed Memphis to a 2-1 loss at Albuquerque. The Redbirds (13-10) remain in second place, one-half game behind Omaha (KC).
Rondon (L, 1-2) flirted with disaster in the eighth when he issued three consecutive base-on-balls, all with two outs. A ground out finished that episode but the right-hander could not get a single out in the ninth. A double, hit batsman and intentional walk jammed the sacks full with no one out and left Keith Butler a nearly impossible mess. Butler yielded an RBI single to give the Isotopes the walk-off win.
That spoiled a solid performance by Michael Wacha, who slid into Seth Maness' rotation slot after the latter received the call from St. Louis. Wacha kept the opposition off the board until he allowed a home run to begin the sixth. The right-hander worked around a triple to the next batter to finish the night with five hits and two base-on-balls permitted through six, with three strikeouts, 12 ground outs and two fly outs. Barret Browning retired the side in order in the seventh.
Memphis got Wacha off the hook for the loss when they tied the game up in the eighth. With Albuquerque's starter finally out of the game, Greg Garcia led off with a single and swiped his second base of the season. A two-out double by Chad Huffman knocked in Garcia. Oscar Taveras singled twice in four at bats and was the only Redbird with more than one hit.
Tuesday's game: at Albuquerque (13-11), 7:35 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (2-1, 3.28)
Xavier Scruggs' two home run performance powered the S-Cards to a 12-2 victory over Arkansas at home. The win gave Springfield (12-12) a split of the four-game series and leaves them in second, a game behind Tulsa (COL).
Our Player of the Day Scruggs' sixth home run of 2013 in the fifth was a grand slam that turned a competitive 4-1 contest into an 8-1 rout. The first baseman added a solo bomb in the seventh that tied him for the league lead in that category. The aftermath of his second home run led to warnings, soon followed by the ejection of the Travelers' manager and pitcher.
Chris Swauger's second of two hits was a two-out solo shot in the third. Swauger went 2-for-3 with an intentional walk, three runs scored and three driven in. Tommy Pham added a two-run bomb in the sixth, his fifth of the season. Pham added a single to his home run and scored two.
Mike O'Neill singled once in five at bats with a base-on-balls but touched home three times. Adam Melker singled and tripled in four at bats, crossed home once and knocked in another.
Carlos Martinez earned his first win of 2013, going five innings with five strikeouts, seven ground outs and two fly outs. The only blemish against him was a solo shot in the fifth, one of three hits allowed by the 21-year-old. He issued one free pass and threw 74 pitches, 54 for strikes.
Kevin Siegrist faced Arkansas for the second time in 10 days and again held them scoreless over two frames. The only base runner allowed by the lefty came on a single to begin the sixth but Siegrist wiped him out via a 6-4-3 double play. He fanned two. Dean Kiekhefer faced the minimum in the eighth but gave up a tally on a lead-off single and two-out double in the ninth.
Tuesday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (8-16) (KC), 7:00 pm CT, Boone Whiting (2-1, 3.32)
Palm Beach (13-11) managed just four hits in a rain-shortened 2-1 loss at Daytona that left them in third place, seven behind the red-hot Fort Myers (MIN) club.
The Cubs took the lead with a solo shot in the fifth off starter Sam Gaviglio, one of only two hits he yielded to go with two walks. Gaviglio fanned six over five innings. Lee Stoppelman held Daytona at bay over the sixth and seventh, giving up three hits and a free pass while striking out three.
The PB-Cards tied it up in the eighth when Ronny Gil reached via a bunt single. Gil advanced to second on a wild pitch and raced home on a throwing error by the Cubs' shortstop. Hitting ninth, the shortstop singled twice in four at bats and stole his fourth bag of 2013. Ronnie Shaban (L, 1-1) gave up a tally in the bottom of the eighth on a lead-off walk, hit batsman and two-out single.
The game was halted at that point and was eventually called after a 39-minute rain delay. Palm Beach played most of the night without their manager, Johnny Rodriguez, who was ejected in the top of the second after Stephen Piscotty struck out swinging.
Tuesday's game: at Daytona (12-12), 7:05 pm ET, Chris Corrigan (0-0, 0.00)
Peoria blew two leads, including one in the ninth, as they lost to host Bowling Green 4-3 in 11 innings. The Chefs (10-11) are tied with Beloit (OAK) for fourth, 6 1/2 in back of Cedar Rapids (MIN).
Single tallies in the fourth and fifth put the visitors up 2-0, but the Hot Rods halved that lead with one in the bottom of the fifth off starter Kyle Helisek. Three of the four hits allowed by Helisek came in that frame along with one of the two free passes he issued. Helisek exited with the bases loaded and two outs with the game put in Zach Petrick's hands. Petrick limited the damage when he induced a 4-3 ground out but allowed Bowling Green to tie the game with a run in the bottom of the eighth.
Peoria recaptured the lead with a tally in the top of the ninth, but the combination of Petrick and Mike Aldrete were unable to hold it. Back-to-back singles with one out against Petrick ended his stint and brought Aldrete into the game. Aldrete (L, 1-1) yielded a single to the first batter faced that re-tied the contest at two all. Aldrete kept the home team hitless until he gave up a tally on three hits and a walk in the bottom of the 11th. Petrick finished with a line of two runs, earned, on four hits and two walks over 3 2/3 with three strikeouts.
Breyvic Valera doubled and singled twice in five at bats with a run scored and another brought in to pace the Chiefs. One of Jacob Wilson's two hits was his fifth long ball of 2013, a solo shot in the fourth. Charlie Tilson singled twice in five at bats as the only other Chief with a multi-hit game.
The game also saw one ejection. Peoria pitcher Tyrell Jenkins was ejected in the seventh inning, apparently for chirping at the umpires from the bench.
Tuesday's game: at Bowling Green (17-6), 10:35 am CT, Josh Lucas (season debut)
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