Four Memphis hurlers combined to hold their hosts to a single tally on five hits as Memphis easily handled Omaha 7-1. The victory ensures the Redbirds (30-27) a series win over the Storm Chasers as they have a three-games-to-one lead with the fifth and final contest set for Tuesday.
Mitchell Boggs tossed the first two innings and gave up three singles to go with two strikeouts. Sam Freeman was credited with his fourth win in six decisions when he allowed just a base-on-balls over the next three while fanning two.
Kevin Siegrist permitted a run on a triple and groundout in the seventh, his second and final inning on the bump. It was the first earned run allowed by the lefty in 7 2/3 frames covering five appearances since his promotion to Triple-A. Marc Rzepczynski gave up a hit over the eighth and ninth.
The visitor's offense consisted of a balanced attack with six Redbirds either scoring or driving in at least one. Ryan Jackson touched home three times out of the lead-off slot, going 2-for-4 with a walk and solo bomb. Justin Christian scored twice on two singles and a base-on-balls while Brock Peterson and Rob Johnson knocked in two apiece. Peterson crossed once as well. Greg Garcia went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a free pass.
Tuesday's game: at Omaha (25-31), 12:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (2-1. 2.95)
First-place Springfield (28-26) is home briefly for four with second-place Arkansas (27-27).
Tuesday's game: vs. Arkansas (LAA), 7:09 pm CT, Jake Westbrook (MLB rehab)
Kyle Hald gave up four in the fourth as Palm Beach fell to Tampa 6-4 in the opener of their four-game road set.
The Beach Birds (21-34) took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second but Hald allowed the Yankees to tie it in the bottom of the frame. Tampa then went up in the fourth when Hald (L, 1-5) yielded four more on three singles, a double, hit batsman, passed ball and a fielding error. The southpaw permitted six tallies, two earned, on seven hits and two walks over five. He struck out two.
Palm Beach scored four runs for the third time in their last four contests but has won only one of them. Anthony Garcia swung the big bat and was just one hit shy of the cycle. Garcia, however, had the unusual distinction of lacking a single as he went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and solo shot with two RBIs. Five of his teammates had one hit each.
Tuesday's game: at Tampa (25-30), 7:00 pm ET, TBA
The Chiefs (30-25) came out on top of a slugfest that saw each squad garner 12 hits. The 11-7 victory at Wisconsin gave Peoria a three-games-to-one road series win.
The visitors led 4-3 after three, widened their lead with five in the fourth and capped the scoring with two in the eighth. Breyvic Valera and Jordan Walton, our co-Players of the Day, had three hits each of two singles and a double in five at bats. Valera touched home three times with an RBI while Walton drove in four.
Silfredo Garcia yielded single tallies in each of the first three frames but settled in to keep the Timber Rattlers off the board over the next four. Garcia (W, 2-1) gave up six hits and a walk over seven with six strikeouts, 13 ground outs and two fly outs on 106 pitches, 72 for strikes. He hit one batter.
Peoria's bullpen was not as effective. Joey Donofrio allowed two hits that produced a run in the eighth while Mike Aldrete had one of his worst outings of the season. The California native gave up three runs on four hits and a base-on-balls in the ninth.
Tuesday's game: Off. Tuesday is a travel day for the Chiefs as they head home to open a six-game home stand.
Although the Dominican Birds (1-1) dropped their first game of the early season, they displayed moxie in fighting back from a 6-1 deficit through six.
Starter Jorge Rodriguez was charged with the loss when he permitted an unearned tally in the fourth that crossed under David Oca's watch. The righty held the Nationals scoreless on two hits and two base-on-balls through three but issued a free pass to both batters faced in the fourth. Rodriguez struck out three.
In his professional debut, Oca buried his team when he gave up five in the fifth -although he was hampered by two errors that frame that resulted in only two of the five tallies being earned. The southpaw allowed five hits and a walk over four with four strikeouts. Right-hander Esteban Vallejo was perfect in the eighth.
The visitors began their rally with three in the seventh before plating two more in the ninth, an inning that saw two of the three outs come at home plate. Left fielder Bladimil Franco had three of his team's nine hits with a run scored and another knocked in.
Second baseman Ruben Encarnacion singled twice in three at bats while touching home once and driving in two more. Center fielder Magneuris Sierra had the final multi-hit game with two singles in four at bats plus an RBI.
Tuesday's game: at DSL Cubs (2-0), 10:30 am ET, TBA
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