A shaky bullpen let down starter Michael Wacha in Memphis' 10-3 pounding by host Salt Lake City. The Redbirds (22-21) went down for the fourth straight time, including the first two against the Bees.
Wacha could have helped his own cause by pitching deeper into the game. He finished his stint of five plus frames with a 3-0 lead but with two runners on in the sixth. Sam Freeman allowed both to score on a sac bunt, sac fly and single that gave Wacha a final line of six hits, one walk plus two strikeouts, three ground outs and seven fly outs.
The seventh was Memphis' Waterloo as Freeman and Eric Fornataro combined to yield eight tallies that turned the contest into a rout. Freeman (L, 3-2) loaded the bases without retiring a batter, giving up a double and single sandwiched around a hit batsman.
Fornataro permitted those three to cross plus five of his own on a sac fly, three base-on-balls, two-run double, a plunked batter and a bases-clearing single. Closer Victor Marte got in some work in the ninth, facing the minimum with a strikeout.
All three of the Redbirds' tallies scored in the fourth. Jaime Romak came to the plate with the sacks jammed full due to three free passes issued by Salt Lake City's starter, Kip Wells. The first of two doubles by Romak wiped the bases clean as Jermaine Curtis, Ryan Jackson and Chad Huffman all touched home. Adron Chambers singled twice in three at bats for the only other multi-hit performance.
Wednesday's game: at Salt Lake City (23-23), 7:35 pm CT, TBA
The next four series will see Springfield (23-19) face the same two squads twice. The S-Cards' six-game home stand features series with Frisco (24-20) (TEX) and Midland (21-23) (OAK) of the South Division. Springfield then heads out on a six-game road trip to those destinations.
Wednesday's game: vs. Frisco, 7:09 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (3-3, 5.61)
It was another low-scoring affair on Tuesday with Palm Beach (17-27) ending up on the wrong end at Brevard County.
Starter Kyle Hald, our Player of the Day, held up his end by scattering five hits and a walk over seven. The only mark against the southpaw was in the fifth when he gave up a lead-off single, sac bunt and RBI single. Hald fanned four with seven ground outs and five fly outs.
The Beach Birds' offense was held to just two hits. The initial one was Stephen Piscotty's double in the first that plated Colin Walsh after the latter worked a base-on-balls with one out. It gave Palm Beach a slim 1-0 lead. The Manatees' starter then sent down 14 consecutive Cardinals. They did not reach again until a single by Ronny Gil in the sixth. Piscotty drew one of the three free passes issued by the Manatees' staff.
Wednesday's game: at Brevard County (24-20), 6:35 pm ET, Scott Gorgen (3-1, 4.01)
Peoria (21-21) is in the midst of a 10-game home stand and begins a three-game set with Kane County (20-22) (CHC) on Wednesday evening.
Wednesday's game: vs. Kane County, 6:30 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (2-2, 3.58)
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