Memphis 5 at Omaha 0 (7) – game two
Four Redbirds hurlers tossed 14 shutout frames to down host Omaha in a twinbill, 7-0 and 5-0. Memphis (29-27) leads the rare five-game series two games to one and remains atop their division, 3 1/3 ahead of the Storm Chasers (KC).
In game one, Carlos Martinez held Omaha to two hits and two base-on-balls over the first four while striking out four. He induced five ground outs to one fly out while throwing 64 pitches, 36 for strikes. Jorge Rondon won just his second game in seven decisions with two frames of one hit, one walk ball. Ramon Delgado faced the minimum in the seventh.
The Redbirds exploded for six tallies in the second with the big blow coming on Jaime Romak's 10th bomb of 2013, a grand slam that plated Vance Albitz (single), Kolten Wong (single) and Brock Peterson (walk). Wong's hit knocked in Justin Christian (double) and Adron Chambers (walk). A solo bomb by Peterson in the fourth, his 11th of the season, capped the scoring.
Nick Additon, our Player of the Day, topped that in game two when he threw a complete game shutout on three hits and two free passes issued. The southpaw fanned five with six ground outs and three fly outs on 90 pitches, 57 for strikes.
All of the visitors' tallies came on long balls. Travis Tartamella sent one over the left field wall for his second home run of the season, bringing across Rob Johnson (force) and Justin Christian (single). Johnson's sixth-inning home run was his fifth of 2013 and knocked in Jermaine Curtis (walk). The Redbirds were held to five hits with no player having more than one. Left fielder Ryan Jackson was tossed by the home plate umpire in the fifth after he struck out swinging.
Monday's game: at Omaha (25-30), 7:05 pm CT, Maikel Cleto (2-2, 5.67)
Single tallies in the first and eighth were enough to give the S-Cards a 2-0 road victory over Midland and a three-game sweep of the series. Springfield (28-26) moves back into sole possession of first, a game up on Arkansas (LAA).
The visitors took only minimal advantage of a big opportunity in the first after loading the bases with none out. Mike O'Neill (single), James Ramsey (walk) and Tommy Pham (single) were aboard but Ruben Gotay's sac fly to right was the only productive out that followed. O'Neill worked a base-on-balls in the eighth, was sacrificed to second by Ramsey and came home on Pham's second single on the day. Ramsey joined Pham with two hits and they were the only Springfield players with more than one.
Tim Cooney's record went to 3-2 after he shut down the RockHounds on five hits, two hit batsmen, a walk and a wild pitch over six. He struck out six. Lee Stoppelman fanned two while yielding a hit in the seventh. Justin Wright struck out two with a single in 2/3 of a frame. Deryk Hooker recorded the final four outs for his third save.
Monday's game: Off. Springfield hosts second-place Arkansas for four, beginning on Tuesday.
Jay Voss lasted just two-thirds of an inning as Palm Beach endured an 8-1 thumping by visiting Fort Myers in a contest that was shortened due to rain. The PB-Cards (21-33) have fallen back into last place, 18 ½ behind the Miracle.
Voss' Cardinals system debut and return to live action after starting the season on the disabled list was a short one. The lefty allowed five runs on three hits, including a two-run shot, two base-on-balls and a wild pitch. Corey Baker yielded three in the second before settling down for three more scoreless frames. Baker gave up seven hits over 4 1/3 before handing the ball to Zach Petrick. The only mark against Petrick in his Florida State League debut was a soft single to right that was sandwiched around two called strikeouts.
Nick Longmire accounted for his squad's only tally, a solo shot in the third that was the centerfielder's fifth of 2013 and one of his two hits for the game. Longmire now has six consecutive hits in a two-game span (6-for-6, 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI). Stephen Piscotty had the Beach Birds' only other multi-hit performance with a single and double in three at bats.
Monday's game: at Tampa (24-30) (NYY), 7:00 pm ET, TBA
A six-run third proved the Chiefs' undoing as they fell 7-5 to Wisconsin on the road. Peoria (29-25) leads the four-game set two games to one and remains in fourth, 5 ½ in back of Cedar Rapids (MIN).
The Chiefs took an early lead when they scored three in the second on four singles and a free pass. Carson Kelly singled home Jordan Walton and was in turn brought in on Breyvic Valera's two-run single that also plated Nick Martini.
Hector Hernandez began to give the lead away with one in the bottom of the second and finished the job with four more in the third. Hernandez allowed eight hits and a walk over 2 1/3 that produced five runs. The last two crossed with Chris Thomas on the mound. Thomas gave up two tallies of his own that frame and had a line of four hits and two base-on-balls with four strikeouts in 2 2/3. It was the first time Thomas has been scored upon in four Peoria appearances to date. Robert Stock finished the game with two hits permitted over the final three frames.
Peoria added single tallies in the seventh and eighth. Martini's second hit in four at bats was a double to begin the seventh. He eventually scored on a ground out. The Chiefs loaded the bases on three singles in the eighth but could only push across Jacob Wilson on a sac fly by Kelly.
Valera (three) and Kelly (two) drove in all of Peoria's runs. Valera and Charlie Tilson joined Martin with two hits.
Monday's game: at Wisconsin (24-28), 12:05 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (1-1, 6.62)
The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.
Monday's game: DSL Cardinals (1-0) at DSL Nationals (0-1), 10:30 am ET, TBA
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