Carlos Martinez limited the opposition to a tally over 4 1/3 as Memphis edged Nashville 2-1 at home. The Redbirds (32-28) have a comfortable 5 ½ game advantage over second-place Omaha (KC).
Three of the six hits permitted by Martinez occurred in the fifth, resulting in the only tally charged to him. The 21-year-old struck out four with six ground outs, two fly outs and two base-on-balls on 77 pitches, 43 for strikes.
Sam Freeman (W, 5-2) stranded two inherited runners while issuing two free passes and fanning one in 1 2/3 frames. Jorge Rondon gave up three hits over the next two innings before Victor Marte earned his 11th save with one hit allowed in the ninth.
Memphis took the lead with two unearned runs in the second. Justin Christian's single plated Jermaine Curtis who reached on a fielding error. Greg Garcia walked ahead of Christian and eventually crossed on a ground out. Christian singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls while four other Redbirds each had one hit.
Saturday's game: vs. Nashville (19-40), 6:05 pm CT, Mitchell Boggs (0-0, 3.68)
Audry Perez doubled ahead of three walks that produced the winning margin in the bottom of the 16th as Springfield slipped past Arkansas 7-6 to salvage the final game of a four-game set. The S-Cards (29-29) move to a game in back of the first-place Travelers as a result.
Jose Almarante, the seventh Springfield pitcher, tossed the final three innings to earn his first Double-A victory. Almarante yielded a hit while notching a strikeout over that span.
Anthony Ferrara allowed three tallies on four hits and two base-on-balls with four strikeouts in five. He exited with his squad up 4-3 thanks to a four-run third that saw the first runner cross without either a hit or a walk. Luis Mateo was plunked to open the frame and stole his third bag of 2013. The second baseman advanced to third on a wild pitch and raced home on another erratic pitch. A two-run double by Ruben Gotay, our Player of the Day, brought in Nick Longmire (single) and Mike O'Neill (walk). Gotay touched home on a single by Xavier Scruggs.
Jonathan Cornelius kept Arkansas off the board on a hit and a free pass issued in 1 2/3. Heath Wyatt was charged with a run when the only hit he allowed in 2/3 of an inning crossed under Lee Stoppelman's watch. Stoppelman's aim was off on Friday as he gave up three base-on-balls in 1 2/3 while fanning two.
The contest remained knotted at four-all until Arkansas broke through with two against Justin Wright in the top of the 10th. Wright gave up four hits, a walk and one earned run in two frames. Gotay tied it back up with a two-run bomb that knocked in O'Neill (single). The third baseman's fourth long ball of the season gave him five RBI on the night. Deryk Hooker fanned three over the next two innings before giving way to Almarante.
Saturday's game: at third-place Tulsa (COL) (28-31), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (3-2, 3.07)
Charlotte 4 vs. Palm Beach 0 (7) – game two
The Beach Birds split a twin-bill at Charlotte on Friday, pounding their way to a game one victory 12-9, but were shut out 4-0 in game two. Palm Beach (24-36) remains in sixth and last place, 17 behind Fort Myers (MIN).
In game one, the PB-Cards scored four in the first, single tallies in each of the next three frames and five more in the sixth. Five of the 12 runs were produced by three long balls. Anthony Garcia had a three-run shot in the first that drove in Jonathan Rodriguez (walk) and David Popkins (single) before adding a solo shot in the third. Ronald Castillo smashed his first home run of 2013 in the fourth.
Garcia, Castillo, Colin Walsh and Alex Mejia each had two of their team's 11 hits. Castillo touched home twice while Walsh did the same three times. Mejia scored one and knocked in two more and Stephen Piscotty doubled in two.
Travis Miller picked up his first win in eight decisions, pitching in relief of Tyler Melling. Miller allowed two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 2 2/3. Melling coughed up seven tallies on a base-on-balls plus seven hits, including a three-run blast, over the first 2 2/3. Ronnie Shaban earned his seventh save by retiring all five batters faced.
In game two, Jay Voss was charged with his second loss in as many decisions when he gave up three, two earned, on two hits and three free passes issued in four plus. All three crossed in the fifth with Zach Petrick on the mound. Petrick was not able to escape a bases-loaded with none out jam that was exacerbated by two of the three errors committed that frame. The Illinois native yielded an unearned tally of his own that inning and gave up three hits in all over two.
The Beach Birds outhit the Stone Crabs six to five but 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Danny Stienstra was the only Cardinal with more than one hit. Stienstra singled twice in three at bats.
Saturday's game: at Charlotte (27-32), 6:30 pm ET, TBA
A seven-run eighth turned a competitive 5-3 game into a 12-4 blow-out home loss to Clinton that gave the LumberKings the series, two games to one. Peoria (31-27) remains in fourth, 5 ½ behind Cedar Rapids (MIN).
Kyle Helisek took his second loss against four wins when he allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits and a base-on-balls in six. Mike Aldrete gave up two in the seven before joining forces with Dixon Llorens and Robert Stock to put the game out of reach with seven more allowed in the eighth.
Aldrete yielded four tallies in all, three earned, on four hits and two walks in one plus frames. Llorens let his one inherited runner cross and was charged with five runs, earned, on four free passes issued plus a runner who reached on a fielder's choice/missed catch error in one-third of an inning. Stock finished the job by giving up a bases-clearing double to the first batter faced that brought in three runners. It was the only hit allowed by Stock over the final 1 2/3.
Saturday's game: vs. third-place Quad Cities (34-25), 6:30 pm CT, Joey Cuda (3-3, 5.18)
A tally in the bottom of the ninth left the DSL Cardinals with a 9-8 walk-off loss to the DSL Pirates2. The Dominican Birds (2-4) are in a three-way tie for sixth, three games behind the DSL Nationals.
Lefty Andy De La Cruz took the loss when he allowed two in the seventh, one earned, plus one in the ninth on three total hits and two base-on-balls in three. The winning tally came home when righty Jose Lara yielded a line-drive single to the first batter faced.
Both pitched in support of right-hander Derian Gonzalez, who permitted three runs on two hits and five free passes issued in 3 1/3. Gonzalez fanned three. Will Changarotty bridged the game from Gonzalez to De La Cruz and allowed three runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts over two.
Shortstop Edmundo Sosa swung the hottest bat for the Cardinals, going 3-for-4 with a base-on-balls and three runs scored. Second baseman Ruben Encarnacion and right fielder Bladimil Franco had two hits apiece with Encarnation driving in two with a walk and Franco touching home once.
Saturday's game: @ DSL Blue Jays, 10:30 am ET, TBA
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