Boone Whiting held the opposition to a solo shot through five and Memphis maximized its hit results as the Redbirds edged the Storm Chasers 2-1 on the road. First-place Memphis (31-27) took four of five from Omaha, who slip into a second-place tie with Iowa (CHC), 5 ½ back.
Whiting gave Omaha the lead with the second-inning blast, one of three hits and three base-on-balls he allowed. The 23-year-old struck out five with three ground outs and three fly outs on 95 pitches, 56 for strikes.
Jaime Romak's 11th home run of 2013 tied the game in the fourth. Ryan Jackson's lead-off double in the sixth proved the difference-maker. Brock Peterson singled him in with one out for the game-winner. Five Redbirds each had a hit, the same hit total as the Storm Chasers.
Wednesday's game: Off. Memphis opens a 10-game home stand on Thursday, beginning with four against fourth-place Nashville (MIL).
Springfield was outhit 13 to four in their 4-2 loss to visiting Arkansas. The defeat drops the S-Cards (28-27) into a first-place tie with the Travelers with three more games in their current series remaining.
St. Louis Cardinal Jake Westbrook made his rehab start for Springfield and yielded six hits over 3 2/3 that resulted in a tally in the first. The righty struck out five, had a wild pitch and did not issue a free pass. Westbrook threw 60 pitches, 45 for strikes.
Seth Blair took the loss when he gave up a tie-breaking unearned run in the sixth. Blair (L, 2-6) permitted another two to cross in the seventh and allowed six hits in all over three frames. He walked one and struck out one.
Justin Wright and Jose Almarante combined to toss the final 2 1/3. Wright gave up a hit and a base-on-balls in 2/3 of an inning while allowing one of two inherited runners to score. Almarante was perfect in 1 2/3 frames with a strikeout in his Double-A debut. He stranded one of Wright's runners.
The S-Cards tied the contest when Jake Lemmerman led off the fifth with a double, was sacrificed to third by Luis Mateo and crossed on a ground out by Audry Perez. Perez went 2-for-3 for half of Springfield's hits. A solo blast by James Ramsey in the ninth accounted for the team's other tally.
Wednesday's game: vs. Arkansas, 7:09 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (1-2, 5.82)
A single and double yielded by Ronnie Shaban in the bottom of the 11th dropped the Beach Birds 5-4 at Tampa. Palm Beach (21-35) remains in sixth and last place, 18 ½ behind Fort Myers (MIN).
All of Tampa's runs to that point crossed in the third and came off starter Kurt Heyer. Heyer yielded six hits, including a two-run long ball, in three innings to go with two free passes issued. Iden Nazario and Travis Miller tossed two scoreless frames apiece while Zach Petrick held the Yankees to a hit and a walk over three.
Palm Beach outhit Tampa 15 to 12 but went 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12. Colin Walsh, Stephen Piscotty and Anthony Garcia each had three hits. Walsh had two doubles and touched home twice while Piscotty worked a base-on-balls, scored one and drove in two. Garcia had a double and a solo bomb with two RBI and swiped his third base of the season. Matt Williams singled twice in four at bats with a walk and a stolen base.
Wednesday's game: at Tampa (26-30), 7:00 pm ET, TBA
Fourth-place Peoria's (30-25) six-game home stand will feature three games each with Clinton and Quad Cities. Wednesday night's game features a fireworks display.
Wednesday's game: vs. fifth-place Clinton (27-30) (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Cory Jones (1-0, 0.00)
The Dominican Birds were clipped by their Baby Bear counterparts 5-4 on the road to drop to 1-2 in the early season.
Right-hander Ramon Santos (L, 0-1) gave up two tallies apiece in the second and third. He permitted six hits and a base-on-balls over four with three strikeouts. Alirio Negrette yielded four hits and two walks over 2 2/3 that produced a tally while fanning three. 18-year-old southpaw Andy De La Cruz retired all four batters faced with a strikeout.
Third baseman Robelys Reyes, our Player of the Day, led his squad with three singles in five at bats, a run scored and two RBI to account for three of his team's four tallies. Right fielder Bladimil Franco singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk and a run knocked in. Centerfielder Ramon Luna also had a multi-hit game with two singles in four at bats while crossing once.
Wednesday's game: vs. DSL Cubs (3-0), 10:30 am ET, TBA
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