The Redbirds went 1-for-double digits with runners in scoring position for the second straight game, and not coincidentally, dropped their second consecutive contest to Round Rock, 5-2 at home. Memphis (26-23) split their series with the Express (27-24) with each taking two.
A day after going 1-for-11, the home team almost matched that dubious distinction by going 1-for-10 while stranding nine. Jaime Romak's eighth home run of the season accounted for both tallies. Romak knocked in Jermaine Curtis who was hit by a pitch. Kolten Wong singled twice in five at bats and Justin Christian went 2-for-4 with a double, for half of the squad's total.
Scott McGregor (L, 1-1) yielded one in the second plus three in the third on seven hits in his Triple-A debut. The 26-year-old struck out five with seven ground outs and two fly outs over five. He did not issue a free pass and threw 86 pitches, 56 for strikes.
Ramon Delgado gave up a base-on-balls with two strikeouts over two frames. Kevin Siegrist yielded an unearned tally in the eighth when the lead-off batter reached on a throwing error by third baseman Curtis. Siegrist allowed a hit and walk while fanning one. Marc Rzepczynski worked around a lead-off single in the ninth by fanning two of the next three faced.
Tuesday's game: vs. Albuquerque (26-25) (LAD), TBA
The S-Cards squandered a 6-2 lead through four, losing to Midland 10-8 at home. It was Springfield's fifth straight defeat and gives the last-place RockHounds (South Division) a three-game series sweep.
Anthony Ferrara and Scott Gorgen (L, 0-1) combined for a five-run fifth that put Midland up 7-6. Springfield responded with two in the bottom of the frame but Gorgen allowed a solo bomb in the seventh plus another one in the decisive two-run eighth in his return to Double-A.
Each of the two pitchers was charged with five tallies with Ferrara yielding five hits and three walks in four plus with two hit batsman and a wild pitch. Gorgen permitted all three of Ferrara's base runners to cross in the fifth, giving up four hits in 3 2/3 while plunking two. Heath Wyatt inherited a runner at second and two out in the eighth and allowed a run-scoring single before keeping the RockHounds off the board over the final 1 1/3 in his initiation at the Double-A level.
The S-Cards matched Midland's 11 hits, led by James Ramsey, Tommy Pham and Adam Melker, who had two hits each. Ramsey doubled twice in five at bats with a run scored and one knocked in. Pham went 2-for-4 and was hit once while touching home once and driving in one. Melker was a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, walk, two runs scored and was hit by a pitch. Starlin Rodriguez and Chris Swauger each drove in two.
Tuesday's game: at Frisco (29-21) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, TBA
Fifth-place Palm Beach (20-29) hosts fourth-place Charlotte (21-28) over the next three contests.
Tuesday's game: vs. Charlotte (TB), 6:35 pm ET, TBA
Down 3-1 in the bottom of the 12th, the Chiefs plated three for a walk-off 4-3 victory over visiting Wisconsin. Peoria (25-23) took the series two games to one.
The Timber Rattlers broke on top with a solo long ball in the fifth, the only one permitted by Hector Hernandez in eight frames. Hernandez, our co-Player of the Day, held the opposition to five hits and three base-on-balls with six strikeouts, seven ground outs and five fly outs. He tossed 95 pitches, 55 for strikes.
Peoria got Hernandez off the hook for the loss with a tally in the bottom of the eighth. Ildemaro Vargas singled with one out, advanced to second on a wild pitch and dashed in on Jacob Wilson's single to left.
Zach Petrick held Wisconsin scoreless in the ninth and tenth, fanning three with a hit allowed. Joey Donofrio picked up his second win in as many decisions despite handing the visitors a two-run lead in the 12th, his second frame on the bump. All three hits allowed by Donofrio occurred in that inning as did one of the three strikeouts he recorded.
The Chiefs responded by pushing across three in the bottom of the stanza without an out. Michael Swinson's single up the middle brought in Breyvic Valera (single) to cut the gap to one. Wilson, our co-Player of the Day, followed with the winning hit, his third single of the game that knocked in Vargas (walk) and Swinson. Wilson was not credited with a third RBI due to consecutive throwing errors by Wisconsin's third baseman and center fielder.
Tuesday's game: double-header at Burlington (19-26) (LAA). Game one – 5:00 pm CT, Cory Jones (season debut)
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