Boone Whiting's Triple-A debut was a success as Memphis edged Fresno 4-3 at home. The victory snapped a three-game skid and allowed the Redbirds (20-17) to pick up the final game of four with the Grizzlies (21-19).
Whiting, our Player of the Day, earned his first Triple-A victory by holding the opposition to one tally on three hits and two base-on-balls over five. That run came in the first when the right-hander issued back-to-back free passes to start the game. A fly out advanced the lead runner to third before a sac fly brought him in. Whiting ended the frame by picking off the runner at first. The 23-year-old struck out four with two ground outs and six fly outs and threw 72 pitches, 42 for strikes.
The home team tied the game in the second when Chad Huffman opened with a line drive single to center, advanced to second on Justin Christian's single up the middle and raced home on a single to left by Vance Albitz. Memphis went up in a three-run third with the big blow coming on Brock Peterson's fifth home run of the season, a two-run blast that plated Ryan Jackson.
Jackson doubled in Kolten Wong for the go-ahead tally after the latter kicked off the frame with a single to right. The shortstop added two singles to his double in five at bats. Peterson's other base hit in four at bats was a double for the only other multi-hit performance. Seven other Redbirds had one hit, including reliever Marc Rzepczynski's hit in his initial Triple-A at bat. Lead-off batter Adron Chambers was hit by a pitch in the first and was immediately replaced by pinch-runner Jaime Romak who remained in the game in right.
Rzepczynski coughed up a solo shot plus two singles to go with a strikeout in the sixth. Eric Fornataro yielded one walk over two frames before Victor Marte made things a bit tense in the ninth. Marte gave up three straight singles that brought Fresno within one before recording an out. He recovered to sandwich a force at second around a swinging K and a called strikeout to notch his eighth save.
Wednesday's game: Off. Memphis heads west on an eight-game road trip to Tacoma (SEA) and Salt Lake (LAA).
Seth Blair tossed his longest and best outing to date in Springfield's 4-2 triumph over host Tulsa. The S-Cards (20-16) have taken the first two against the Drillers (16-21) with two remaining.
The tallies yielded by Blair (W, 2-3) were solo shots in the fourth and fifth, two of five hits and one walk given up by the righty over six. Blair fanned six with seven ground outs and two fly outs and hurled 82 pitches, 52 for strikes. Deryk Hooker struck out two in two frames with two hits allowed. Michael Blazek picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth that saw him fan two and issue a free pass.
Springfield matched Tulsa's offense in that all of the Cards runs came via the long ball. Jake Lemmerman got the scoring started when he launched one over the left field wall that plated Ruben Gotay (ground-rule double) and Chris Swauger (bunt single). James Ramsey's first Double-A bomb capped off the scoring in the eighth.
Swauger had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, a base-on-balls and his second steal of 2013. Lemmerman, the only other Cardinal with more than one hit, added a double to his home run in four at bats.
Wednesday's game: at Tulsa, 11:05 am CT, Richard Castillo (2-3, 3.92)
Travis Miller went only three innings as Palm Beach was trounced by Lakeland 6-1 at home. The Beach Birds (16-21) have split the first two with the Flying Tigers (14-22) with two remaining.
Miller (L, 0-6) gave up single tallies in the first and third on six hits in all plus two walks. Jose Almarante kept Lakeland off the board on one hit over two but Lee Stoppelman pretty much put the game out of reach when he coughed up four runs, three earned, on two hits and two base-on-balls in just 1/3 of an inning.
Iden Nazario recorded the final two outs in the sixth to strand an inherited runner then threw a scoreless seventh despite giving up two hits and a walk during that span. Brandon Creath allowed a hit and a free pass in the final two frames.
Palm Beach was held to two hits through eight and did not get on the board until the ninth. Singles by Colin Walsh, Stephen Piscotty and Danny Stienstra brought Walsh across with Stienstra getting the RBI. Walsh and Piscotty had their squad's other two hits.
Wednesday's game: vs. Lakeland, 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Hald (1-2, 6.75)
A day after being shut out at Quad Cities, Peoria (18-17) knocked out 12 hits in an 8-4 victory over host Kane County (17-18).
The number two was featured prominently in Peoria's offense. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the fourth, the Chiefs pushed across two that frame plus two more in the fifth, sixth and eighth. Jacob Wilson, Ildemaro Vargas, Charlie Tilson and Nick Martini had two hits apiece. Wilson touched home twice and drove in two more. Michael Swinson and Patrick Wisdom both crossed twice while Vargas and Jordan Walton each knocked in two.
Hector Hernandez (W, 2-1) yielded straight numbers in the second and fourth plus two in the fifth. The southpaw gave up six hits in all, one a solo shot, and four walks in 5 1/3. Hernandez struck out three with five ground outs and three fly outs.
Wednesday's game: at Kane County, 11:00 am CT, Joey Cuda (2-1, 6.86)
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