The Redbirds did not get on the board until the eighth as they dropped their opener against the Sounds 2-1 at home.
Memphis (31-28), stymied by Nashville's starter through seven, broke through against their bullpen in the eighth when Adron Chambers worked a one-out free pass. Chambers advanced on a ground out and raced in on Ryan Jackson's 16th double of 2013. Chambers had two of his team's five hits, a single and double in three at bats.
Richard Castillo was charged with his second loss in as many decisions when he gave up a tally on four hits and four walks over six. The righty struck out three with nine ground outs and two fly outs. Marc Rzepczynski allowed what turned out to be the winning margin in the eighth on three singles while fanning two. Michael Blazek struck out two of three faced in the ninth.
Friday's game: vs. Nashville (19-39), 7:05 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (0-0, 0.00)
Springfield (28-29) was sideswiped for three runs in the ninth to fall to visiting Arkansas 4-3. The S-Cards have lost all three battles with their main rival for the first-half division title.
Deryk Hooker (L, 1-2) coughed up all three tallies on four hits, including a two-run blast that spoiled an excellent effort by starter Ryan Sherriff. Sherriff held the Travelers to a run on four hits and a base-on-balls over six while striking out three. The lefty threw 88 pitches, 59 for strikes, with eight ground outs and seven fly outs.
Jonathan Cornelius (1/3), Kevin Thomas (one) and Justin Wright (1/3) went the next 1 2/3 innings. Cornelius allowed two batters to reach on hits but Thomas stranded both. Hooker tossed the final 1 1/3 and took the loss.
Two of Springfield's three tallies were via solo shots by Xavier Scruggs and Cody Stanley. Scruggs launched his 15th bomb of the season to lead-off the second and Stanley got his first Double-A long ball later that frame.
A sac fly by Adam Melker brought in Ruben Gotay in the fourth after the latter opened with a double and advanced on a single by Scruggs. Scruggs added a double to fall a triple shy of the cycle. Stanley had the only other multi-hit game for the S-Cards, going 2-for-4.
Friday's game: vs. Arkansas (30-27), 7:09 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (4-3, 5.59)
Juan Bautista, our co-Player of the Day, earned his first full-season victory by limiting the opposition to four hits and a free pass over six. The teen-ager, who turns 20 on June 16th, struck out one with seven ground outs and six fly outs while plunking a batter. Nazario fanned three in three frames while facing the minimum.
Left fielder Anthony Garcia, our co-Player of the Day, was responsible for three of his team's four tallies. Garcia's solo bomb in the sixth ended a scoreless contest while his run-scoring single in the eighth knocked in Jonathan Rodriguez (hit-by-pitch) for the second run. Garcia advanced to third on a single by Danny Stienstra that plated David Popkins (single) and touched home on a ground out. Popkins and Colin Walsh also had two hits each.
Friday's games: at Charlotte (26-31) (TB). Game one – 5:00 pm ET, TBA; Game two following game one, TBA
Tyrell Jenkins dug his team an early hole they could not climb out of in Peoria's 8-5 defeat by Clinton at home. The Chiefs (31-26) have split the first two of three with the LumberKings.
The visitors pushed across a score in each of the first five innings of the game. Jenkins (L, 4-4) lasted just three plus frames before leaving with a shoulder injury, giving up five runs on five hits, including a solo bomb, and two walks while fanning three. Thomas Lee allowed one of two inherited runners to cross in the third, yielding two tallies on six hits in three with two strikeouts.
Joe Scanio was the only Chiefs hurler not to be scored upon. Scanio held the LumberKings to a hit over two with a strikeout. Robert Stock gave up a run on two hits in the eighth, the first of two frames worked by the former catcher.
Charlie Tilson continued his offensive onslaught, going 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls and a three-run blast. Tilson has a line of .417/.436/.583/1.109 in 36 at bats over his last 10 games. Breyvic Valera singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk and a run scored. Jacob Wilson touched home one time and drove in one.
Friday's game: vs. Clinton (28-31), 7:00 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (4-1, 4.04)
Both of the Dominican Birds' pitchers were plagued by their team's shaky defense with four errors committed behind them. Julio Mateo (L, 0-1) gave up five, one earned, in four frames on two hits and three base-on-balls. The 17-year-old right-hander struck out seven. Yelson Medina permitted two unearned tallies on five hits and two walks over five while striking out five.
Left fielder Bladimil Franco doubled twice in five at bats with a run scored and another brought in. Right fielder Luis Bandes had a perfect day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and two base-on-balls. Four other D-Birds had one hit as the Cardinals out hit the Pirates eight to seven.
Friday's game: at DSL Pirates2 (1-4), 10:30 am ET, TBA
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