Memphis' best offensive production in 10 days was not enough as they were squashed by Albuquerque 13-7 on the road.
The Isotopes led 5-0 after five on nine hits and two walks against Tyler Lyons. Two of the tallies came on a two-run long ball. Lyons threw 68 pitches, 43 for strikes, and struck out two with nine ground outs and one fly out.
The Redbirds (13-11) briefly took the lead with four in the sixth and three in the seventh. Six of the seven runs were the product of three home runs. Jaime Romak's three-run bomb in the sixth plated Oscar Taveras (single) and Brock Peterson (hit by pitch). Chad Huffman walked and scored on a single by Kolten Wong in the sixth, following that up with two-run blast in the seventh that knocked in Romak (walk). Travis Tartamella finished the scoring with a solo shot.
Marc Rzepczynski took over in the sixth in his first appearance since being re-assigned from St. Louis to Memphis. The southpaw worked around a lead off single for a scoreless sixth but allowed the first two batters to reach on consecutive singles to start the seventh. Both of those runners crossed under Keith Butler's watch.
Butler (L, 0-1) yielded a single, double, intentional free pass and home run that resulted in two tallies charged to Rzepczynski and four of his own in one inning. Sam Freeman served up Albuquerque's third home run of the game in the eighth, a two-run long ball. Freeman gave up three hits in all.
Wednesday's game: at Albuquerque (14-11), 7:35 pm CT, Nick Additon (1-1, 4.74)
Springfield (12-13) was shut out 4-0 on six hits in the first of four games at Northwest Arkansas.
Boone Whiting, who saw his record drop to 2-2, gave up single tallies in the first and third through fifth innings. Three of the four runs were earned and came on six hits, including a home run, and two base-on-balls. The right-hander fanned five, hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and had six ground outs and two fly outs over 4 2/3. Ramon Delgado, our Player of the Day, stranded two of Whiting's runners and struck out five in 3 1/3 with a free pass issued.
Wednesday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (9-16), 11:00 pm CT, Seth Blair (0-3, 8.84)
Chris Corrigan only made it through three innings as Palm Beach was shellacked by host Daytona 11-4. The Beach Birds (13-12) try to prevent being the victim of a rare four-game sweep Wednesday morning.
Corrigan (0-1) first start of 2013 saw him yield five runs, four earned, on four hits and two walks over three. Jonathan Cornelius gave up four more tallies on four hits and two base-on-balls in three plus frames while striking out five. One of his runners crossed with Iden Nazario on the bump. Nazario then allowed two more runs, one earned, a hit and a walk in the seventh. Ronnie Shaban faced the minimum in the eighth.
The Cardinals did not get on the scoreboard until Stephen Piscotty launched his fifth long ball of the season in the eighth. The blast came with no one on. Palm Beach pushed across three more in the ninth with a two-run double by Colin Walsh being the big hit. The Beach Birds had more walks (seven) than hits (five) and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Wednesday's game: at Daytona (13-12), 10:35 am ET, Tim Cooney (3-1, 3.00)
Josh Lucas' first full-season start did not go well as the Chiefs were trounced 8-0 by host Bowling Green. The loss gave the Hot Rods a three-game sweep while Peoria (10-12) finished its road trip with a 3-5 record and one postponement.
Lucas (L, 0-1), who replaced the injured Dail Villanueva in the Chiefs' rotation, gave up two in the first, one in the third and a three-run bomb in the fifth that finished his time on the mound. The 2010 21st round selection allowed nine hits and two base-on-balls in 4 1/3 with one strikeout, six ground outs and four fly outs.
Corey Baker fanned three over 2 2/3 while yielding just one hit and hitting a batter. Catcher Casey Rasmus made his pitching debut in the ninth, permitting two hits, two walks and a plunked batter that brought in two.
Peoria managed only four base runners via three hits and a free pass. Third baseman Carson Kelly went 1-for-3 with a double.
Wednesday's game: vs. Lake County (8-17) (CLE), 6:30 pm CT, Joey Cuda (1-1, 8.18)
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