Three home runs in the seventh gave Memphis a 5-1 victory over Albuquerque at home. The Redbirds (27-24) have split the first two against the Isotopes with two remaining and sit in first, three up on both Iowa (CHC) and Omaha (KC).
The contest was knotted at zeroes through six before a tally was charged to Memphis starter Maikel Cleto in the top of the seventh. The righty yielded his third hit of the day, a lead-off single, and departed after the runner was sacrificed to second. Cleto fanned seven with five free passes issued over 6 1/3 on 102 pitches, 61 for strikes.
Kevin Siegrist (W, 1-0) wild pitched the runner to third before giving up a two-out bunt single to third that plated the runner. It was the only hit allowed by the southpaw, who struck out four with a walk over 1 2/3.
The Redbirds' offense kicked into gear in the bottom of the frame and featured the long ball. Jaime Romak's ninth bomb brought in Chris Swauger (single) to put his squad up 2-1. Rob Johnson was aboard with a one-out base-on-balls for Justin Christian's third blast of 2013. Adron Chambers immediately followed with his second home run of the season.
Swauger and Kolten Wong each singled twice in four at bats as the only Redbirds with more than one hit. Wong worked a free pass. Marc Rzepczynski tossed an eight-pitch ninth with a ground out and two fly outs.
Thursday's game: vs. Albuquerque (27-26), 7:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (2-0, 2.55)
Springfield's bout with Frisco was rained out on Wednesday and has been re-scheduled as a Thursday double-header.
The Beach Birds' offense was again a non-starter on Wednesday as they were held to just four hits in a 3-1 defeat at home. Palm Beach (20-31) is mired in fifth, 17 games behind Fort Myers (MIN).
Kurt Heyer was charged with the tough luck loss in his A-Advanced debut. Heyer scattered seven hits and two base-on-balls over six with the only marks against him being single tallies in the fifth and sixth. He fanned three with seven ground outs and two fly outs. Twice Jose Almarante retired the side in order while striking out three before Travis Miller yielded a run on three hits in the ninth.
The PB-Cards' sole tally crossed in the eighth. Colin Walsh doubled with one out and dashed home on a two-out double by Jonathan Rodriguez. Danny Stienstra worked two free passes. It is the 11th time in the last 12 games that Palm Beach has scored two or fewer runs. Nor surprisingly, their record is 3-9 during that span.
Thursday's game: vs. Charlotte (23-28), 10:35 am ET, Juan Bautista (0-0, 18.00)
Peoria 3 at Burlington 1 (7) – game two
The Chiefs swept a pair at Burlington on Wednesday, 6-2 and 3-1. Peoria (27-24) has gone 7-3 over its last 10 games and has climbed to fourth place, four and a half game behind Cedar Rapids (MIN).
Cory Jones, our Player of the Day, tossed five stellar frames in his full-season debut to earn the win in the opener. The only hit permitted by Jones was a double to begin the game. The fifth-round selection in last June's draft retired the next 16 batters faced although one reached first after a strikeout that was ruled a wild pitch. Jones fanned seven with four ground outs and two fly outs.
Sam Tuivailala gave up two hits and a walk over 2/3 of an inning that resulted in one run. Zach Petrick earned his seventh save, stranding two inherited runners in the sixth before giving up an unearned run on a hit and throwing error by Carson Kelly in the seventh.
Peoria gave Jones a comfortable margin with which to work when they knocked in four in the first before adding single tallies in the fourth and seventh. It was a total team effort with eight of nine Chiefs either scoring or droving in a run. Breyvic Valera singled three times in four at bats with an RBI. Nick Martini had the only other multi-hit performance with two singles in four at bats while touching home once and bringing across another. Adam Ehrlich's only hit in three at bats was a two-run single that drove in Jacob Wilson (double) and Patrick Wisdom (hit by pitch).
In game two, Tyrell Jenkins bounced back from a sub-par outing against Kane County to notch a complete game victory, his fourth in seven decisions. The only run charged to the 20-year-old crossed in the seventh when he gave up a solo shot, one of his five hits allowed. Jenkins struck out four with eight ground outs, three fly outs and two free passes.
A two-run bomb by Patrick Wisdom got the Chiefs on the board in the first, his ninth of 2013, three off the league lead. Ildemaro Vargas singled and scored ahead of Wisdom. Peoria's fourth and final hit of the game knocked in the Chiefs' other run in the seventh. Breyvic Valera singled home Jimmy Parque after the latter was hit by a pitch.
Thursday's game: at Burlington (20-28), 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (4-1, 3.57)
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