A two-run home run served up by Jorge Rondon gave Albuquerque a walk-off 6-4 win over Memphis in 10 innings. The Redbirds (13-12) remain in second, one game in back of Omaha (KC).
Rondon took his third loss in as many appearances when he issued a one-out free pass and the aforementioned long ball in his second inning of work. Starter Nick Additon yielded single tallies in the first, third and fourth on five hits, including a home run, and a walk over five. He struck out four and induced eight ground outs.
Additon was the pitcher of record when Memphis pushed across three in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. Rob Johnson singled in Chad Huffman (single) before a single by Oscar Taveras knocked in Greg Garcia (walk) and Johnson. The Redbirds' first tally came in the third when Justin Christian doubled, advanced to third on a single by Kolten Wong and scored on a Jaime Romak ground out. Christian, Wong and Johnson had two hits apiece.
Barret Browning allowed the Isotopes to tie the game up in the bottom of the sixth on a lead-off base-on-balls and double, his only walk and hit permitted in two innings. Eric Fornataro cleaned up his own mess when he worked around a single and hit batsman to begin the eighth. After a sac bunt that advanced the runners, Fornataro issued an intentional free pass then coaxed consecutive ground outs.
Thursday's game: at Albuquerque, 7:35 pm CT, TBA
Springfield (13-13) evened their series at one all with a 9-3 road victory over Northwest Arkansas and moved into a three-way tie with Arkansas (LAA) and Tulsa (COL) for first.
Seth Blair, who notched his first win in four decisions, yielded solo shots in the third and fifth plus three singles that plated a runner in the sixth. The right-hander gave up seven hits in five innings while not walking a batter and fanning six.
Justin Wright did an excellent job of cleaning up Blair's mess when he stranded runners at first and second with none out in his only inning of work. Deryk Hooker fanned two over two innings while giving up a two-out triple. Michael Blazek got three swinging K's in the ninth.
Xavier Scruggs and Chris Swauger both went 2-for-4 with a single and a solo shot. Scruggs' eighth long ball ties him for the league lead while Swauger's fifth bomb joins him with Tommy Pham in a multi-player group tied for third. Scruggs knocked in two and touched home twice. Pham tripled in three at bats with a sac fly, three RBI and was hit by a pitch. Eight of nine Cardinals crossed home at least once.
Thursday's game: at Northwest Arkansas, 7:00 pm CT, Richard Castillo (1-3, 3.67)
Tim Cooney went eight innings but Palm Beach fell to Daytona 3-1 on the road. The defeat gave the Cubs a four-game sweep of the Cardinals.
Cooney (L, 3-2) sent down 12 of the first 13 batters he faced before yielding a tally in the fifth on a ground-rule double and single that knotted the game at one all. Two doubles sandwiched around a base-on-balls produced the winning runs in the sixth and all of the base runners reached with two outs. The Wake Forest product gave up six hits and a lone walk with five strikeouts, 10 ground outs and four fly outs.
The PB-Cards took the lead in the top of the fifth when Stephen Piscotty led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and crossed home on a single to left by Anthony Garcia. Any potential for additional runs in that frame were negated when Jonathan Rodriguez (walk) was nailed trying to go from first to third on Garcia's single for the first out. Garcia himself was doubled off first after Danny Stienstra flew out to left. Stienstra singled twice in three at bats and was the only Cardinal with more than one hit.
Thursday's game: vs. Bradenton (PIT), 6:35 pm ET, Travis Miller (0-3, 3.38)
Peoria returned home to engage in a slugfest that saw 32 combined hits and 10 bases on balls result in a 13-10 walk-off victory. The Chiefs (11-12) snapped a three-game skid and pulled into a tie with Beloit (OAK) for third with the win.
Peoria was outhit 13-to-18 but four of the Chiefs' safeties were long balls, including a grand slam in the first by Geoff Klein and two home runs by Jacob Wilson that accounted for five tallies. Charlie Tilson added a solo blast, one of two hits for the centerfielder. All three were hit by a pitch as well. Wilson, our Player of the Day, added a single to his two bombs and crossed home four times. Wilson's second home run was a game-ending three-run shot that was part of a four-run ninth.
Joey Donofrio, the fourth Peoria pitcher, tossed a perfect ninth for his first win against no losses. Joey Cuda went the first five, giving up eight runs, six earned, on 11 hits, including a solo home run, and three base-on-balls. Jhonny Polanco yielded two more tallies on six hits and a free pass over 1 1/3. Joe Scanio kept the visitors off the board on a hit and two walks in 1 2/3. Cuda, Polanco and Scanio each fanned two and Scanio permitted one of two runners inherited from Polanco to cross.
Thursday's game: vs. Lake County (8-18), 6:30 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (1-1, 3.52)
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