Twelve innings into the contest, the Redbirds broke it wide open with seven tallies to take down host Omaha 11-4. Memphis (16-13) headed home tied for first with the Storm Chasers despite a losing record on their just completed 12-game road trip: five wins, six losses and one postponement.
The decisive runs were the result of four doubles, two base-on-balls, a single, one hit batsman and a wild pitch in the final inning during which 11 Redbirds batted. On the day, Brock Peterson and Oscar Taveras had four hits apiece. Peterson doubled and singled twice each with a walk. Taveras had a double and three singles in seven at bats while touching home one time and driving in another.
Jackson, our co-Player of the Day, produced the most by accounting for four tallies. His three hits included a double while Kolten Wong, Greg Garcia and Adron Chambers had two hits each. Wong's solo shot in the fifth was the only long ball of the game to go with a double, one of seven doubles by Memphis batters. Peterson, Jackson and Garcia each touched home twice while Chambers knocked in three and Jackson drove in two.
Sam Freeman, the fifth of six Redbirds hurlers, upped his record to 3-0 by tossing a scoreless 10th and 11th with three strikeouts and a base-on-balls. Tyler Lyons went the first 6 1/3, yielding two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Barret Browning retired both batters faced in the seventh to strand a runner at second and preserve a 2-2 tie.
Eduardo Sanchez began the eighth with a 4-2 lead but quickly relinquished it by issuing a free pass plus a home run to right center. Sanchez fanned one in 2/3 of a frame before plunking a batter which ended his day. Jorge Rondon gave up a hit and a walk over 1 1/3 before giving way to Freeman. Victor Marte struck out two of the four batters faced in the 12th while issuing one free pass.
Tuesday's game: vs. Sacramento (17-14) (OAK), 7:02 pm CT, Nick Additon (1-1, 4.50)
Two big innings proved Springfield's undoing as they were pounded 15-4 by Tulsa at home. The win brought the Drillers within one-half game of the Cardinals' (15-14) first-place perch.
Anthony Ferrara (L, 2-3) yielded single tallies in the second and fourth then five more that was part of an eight-run fifth. Three of the five hits given up by the 23-year-old were solo shots to go with four free passes and three strikeouts in 4 1/3.
Kevin Thomas let all three inherited runners cross plus three of his own on four hits in just one-third of an inning. New arrival Nick Greenwood finally stopped the onslaught when he recorded the final out in the fifth after giving up a single. Five more runs crossed on three more hits in the sixth against Greenwood, although only one was earned due to his throwing error on a force attempt. Ramon Delgado retired six of the seven faced while Keith Butler gave up a two-out ninth-inning single in his first appearance since being re-assigned from Memphis.
The S-Cards did not break through until the bottom of the sixth when Jake Lemmerman led off with a base-on-balls and eventually crossed on a sac fly by Luis Mateo. Three more touched home in the eighth on three hits, a walk and a fielding error. Tommy Pham doubled and scored on a fielding error before a single by Chris Swauger drove in James Ramsey and Mateo. Ramsey followed up an 0-for-4 Double-A debut on Sunday by singling twice in three at bats with a walk and a run scored. Six other Cardinals had one hit including first baseman Matt Adams who singled once in four at bats in what is expected to be his last rehab appearance before being activated by St. Louis.
Tuesday's game: vs. Tulsa (15-15), 11:09 am CT, Boone Whiting (2-2, 3.80)
Jonathan Cornelius could not hold an early 2-0 lead as Palm Beach fell to visiting Clearwater 7-3. The Beach Birds (14-17) must win the next two against the Threshers to gain a split of their four-game set.
Cornelius, making his first start in eight game appearances this season, took his first loss when he gave up two in the third that knotted up the game plus two more, unearned, in the fifth. The southpaw yielded eight hits and a base-on-balls over 4 1/3 while the final tally charged to him crossed on a sac fly with Iden Nazario on the mound.
Nazario coughed up three tallies of his own on two hits and a free pass in two. The two-run shot served up by Nazario accounted for two runs while the last one scored under Heath Wyatt's watch. Wyatt was not charged with a tally in 2 2/3 frames.
Colin Walsh accounted for all three of his team's tallies. His third bomb of 2013 came with Nick Longmire (single) aboard in the first. Walsh worked a free pass with one out in the eighth, advanced to second on a single by Stephen Piscotty and raced home on Danny Stienstra's two-out single. Stienstra added a double to his single and was the only Beach Bird with more than one hit.
Tuesday's game: vs. Clearwater (15-15), 6:35 pm ET, TBA
Casey Rasmus' perfect day at the plate led Peoria (14-12) to a 4-1 victory for a three-game sweep over visiting Fort Wayne.
Rasmus, our co-Player of the Day, singled and scored on Alex Mejia's sac fly to put his team up 1-0 in the third. He singled again to lead off the fifth and advanced to third where he was stranded. The number nine batter worked a one-out free pass in the seventh, advanced to second on a wild pitch, was singled to third by Breyvic Valera and raced home on a passed ball for Peoria's third tally.
Jacob Wilson had a double plus two singles in four at bats with one driven in. Valera and Patrick Wisdom had two hits apiece while crossing home once with one of Wisdom's hits being a double. Carson Kelly singled twice in four at bats with an RBI for a line of .277/.346/.383/.729 in 14 games and 47 at bats for the 18-year-old.
Kyle Helisek was credited with his second win in three decisions by holding the opposition to a run on five hits while fanning five over five. Corey Baker gave up two hits in two frames while neither Joe Scanio nor Dixon Llorens allowed a hit in their respective one inning of work. None of the four Chiefs hurlers issued a free pass.
Tuesday's game: Off. Peoria begins a 12-game road trip with four at Beloit (OAK) starting on Wednesday.
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