Memphis (31-27) opens a 10-game home stand with four against Nashville (18-39).
Thursday's game: vs. Nashville (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (0-1, 2.31)
Springfield's offense scored two runs for the third consecutive game as the club lost for the second straight time to visiting Arkansas.
Nick Greenwood dropped his third of four decisions when he yielded four tallies, two earned, on nine hits over 5 1/3. He struck out four with five ground outs and five fly outs. He did not walk a batter. Heath Wyatt retired all six batters faced to strand two of Greenwood's runners in the sixth.
Lee Stoppelman's fifth Double-A appearance saw him give up his first tally, a solo home run in the eighth. Stoppelman struck out one in 2/3 of a frame. Kevin Thomas permitted a run on two hits with a strikeout in the ninth.
The S-Cards (28-28) scored a run in the first and another in the fifth with Mike O'Neill figuring in both tallies. O'Neill went 3-for-5 with two doubles while touching home once and driving in the other. James Ramsey and Cody Stanley had two hits apiece with Stanley crossing once. Ruben Gotay's only hit in two at bats brought in O'Neill. Gotay added two bases-on-balls.
Thursday's game: vs. Arkansas (29-27), 7:09 pm CT, Ryan Sherriff (1-1, 5.00)
Brad Watson (W, 1-0) held the opposition to one earned run over six as Palm Beach (22-35) downed host Tampa 6-3. The Beach Birds trail in the series two games to one.
Watson's 2013 debut saw him allow three runs in all but two were unearned due to a fielding error by Ronny Gil that allowed the lead-off batter to reach in the third. Watson gave up six hits while fanning four with no free passes issued.
Watson saw his squad explode for four tallies in the seventh to turn a 3-2 loss into a 6-3 victory. David Popkins singled three times in four at bats with two runs scored and one knocked in. Danny Stienstra had his team's other multi-hit performance, singling and tripling in three at bats with a walk while crossing home once. Gil went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.
Thursday's game: at Tampa (26-31), 7:00 pm ET, TBA
Cory Jones (W, 2-0) allowed a run in seven frames as Peoria defeated Clinton 4-1 at home. The Chiefs (31-25) took the opener of the three-game set and move to within a half game of third-place Quad Cities.
Two of the four hits given up by Jones, our co-Player of the Day, came in the third and produced the LumberKings' only tally. Jones allowed a one-out double followed immediately by a single that moved the runner to third. His only wild pitch of the contest brought the runner in. Jones struck out four with nine ground outs and six fly outs while issuing two free passes. Sam Tuivailala picked up his first professional save by retiring all six batters faced with two strikeouts.
Jesus Montero'a lead-off homer in the sixth finally broke the scoring ice for the Chiefs and tied the game. A double by Jordan Walton, our co-Player of the Day, drove in Ildemaro Vargas (single) and Jacob Wilson (double) later that frame. Vargas opened the eighth with a double and later crossed on Walton's sac fly. Walton finished with a double and three RBI.
Thursday's game: vs. Clinton (27-31), 7:00 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (4-3, 3.99)
A seven-run second by the Dominican Birds (2-2) was more than enough to hand the Dominican Cubs their first defeat in four games.
Right-hander Ronald Medrano earned his first professional win by limiting his opponents to single runs in the fourth and fifth. The 17-year-old yielded five hits and a walk over six with five strikeouts, eight ground outs and three fly outs. Jose Lara was credited with his first save of 2013, giving up a tally on four hits and three wild pitches in three. Lara fanned three and did not issue a free pass.
The Cardinals pounded out 13 hits with 22-year-old third baseman Robelys Reyes again leading his squad's offense. Reyes singled three times in five at bats while touching home twice and driving in one, batting in the lead-off spot. Second baseman Ruben Encarnacion also scored two with an RBI with two singles in four at bats.
Shortstop Edmundo Sosa and left fielder Bladimil Franco had two hits each with a run scored and another knocked in. Each had an extra base hit as well. Sosa doubled and Franco added a triple. Center fielder Magneuris Sierra had the final multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 while touching home once.
Thursday's game: vs. DSL Pirates 2, 10:30 am ET, TBA
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