The Redbirds' eight-game home stand started off with a 7-0 shut out of the Express that saw two players have three-hit nights.
Eight of nine Redbirds either touched home or knocked in a run or both. Rob Johnson and Kolten Wong, our co-Players of the Day, had three hits each, accounting for four tallies. Johnson's two-run blast in the seventh topped off Memphis' scoring and plated Jaime Romak. The catcher singled twice and drove in a third run. Wong went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Brock Peterson had the final multi-hit performance with a single and double in five at bats while crossing once.
Maikel Cleto (W, 2-2) tossed a season-high six frames, permitting five hits and three base-on-balls with five ground outs and seven fly outs. Two of his three free passes were issued to the first two batters faced. The righty threw 91 pitches, 55 for strikes.
Saturday's game: Memphis (25-21) vs. Round Rock (25-23), 6:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (1-0, 3.60)
Seth Blair coughed up ten hits and a walk that produced tallies in each of the first four frames as Springfield (24-21) went down to Frisco 5-4 at home. It was the rubber game of the three-game set with the Rough Riders.
Blair (L, 2-4) yielded two in the first plus a straight number in each of the next three innings while fanning five. Ramon Delgado worked around four hits over the next two frames before Deryk Hooker and Keith Butler each tossed a scoreless inning.
10 of Springfield's 12 hits came in the first four frames as they managed just three base runners in the final five stanzas. Starlin Rodriguez and Jake Lemmerman each had a solo shot, one of two hits by Rodriguez, who knocked in one as well.
Mike O'Neill singled in the fifth and seventh but was stranded both times. Chris Swauger singled and doubled in four at bats with a run scored. Xavier Scruggs doubled, touched home once and drove in another.
Saturday's game: vs. Midland (22-25) (OAK), 6:09 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (0-2, 11.57)
The Beach Birds (18-29) reverted to their recent pattern of paltry run production on Friday as they fell to Jupiter 5-2 at home.
Both of Palm Beach' tallies crossed in the fifth to cut the Hammerheads' lead to 3-2. Juan Castillo and Cesar Valera lined back-to-back singles to begin the frame. A steal of second by Castillo triggered a throwing error by Jupiter's catcher that permitted Castillo to cross and sent Valera to third. Valera touched home on a ground out. Stephen Piscotty singled and doubled in four at bats as the only Cardinal with more than one of the team's seven hits.
Tyler Melling took his first loss against one win when he yielded single tallies in the second, third and fourth. The damage could have been worse as Melling permitted 10 hits and two base-on-balls over five with two strikeouts.
Travis Miller gave up two in the seventh, the second of three frames tossed by the 23-year-old in his first relief appearance after eight starts this season. Miller gave up four hits and a walk with a strikeout. Danny Miranda wiggled around a lead-off walk to keep the opposition off the board in the ninth. He fanned two.
Saturday's game: at Jupiter (26-21), 6:35 pm ET, Jonathan Cornelius (1-1, 3.25)
Tyrell Jenkins took one on the chin in Peoria's 8-1 defeat by visiting Kane County. The loss prevented a three-game sweep by the Chiefs (23-22) over their Baby Bear counterparts.
Jenkins (L, 3-3) worked around three base runners in the first three frames but ran into trouble in the fourth when he yielded all four of the tallies charged to him in five innings. Jenkins gave up five hits and four base-on-balls with four strikeouts. The right-hander has issued 20 free passes in 40 1/3 innings to date.
Peoria's only run crossed in the bottom of the fourth. Ildemaro Vargas led off with a single and eventually touched home on Carson Kelly's sac fly. Vargas added a double for two hits in four at bats. Right fielder Matthew Young singled twice in three at bats in the eight hole. It was Young's full-season debut.
Saturday's game: vs. Wisconsin (21-22) (MIL), 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (3-1, 4.23)
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