Two long balls bit Scott McGregor in the Redbirds' 5-3 defeat by the Sounds. Memphis (32-30) dropped the home series to last-place Nashville, one game to three.
All five tallies, four earned, charged to McGregor (L, 1-3) were the result of a two-run bomb in the third and a three-run home run in the fifth that flipped a 3-2 lead into a 5-3 deficit. McGregor allowed eight hits and two walks through six while fanning two.
Jermaine Curtis' third bomb of 2013 gave Memphis an early 2-0 lead in the second and came off former Cardinal Chris Narveson. Justin Christian singled and doubled twice in four at bats with for three of his team's eight hits. The centerfielder knocked in one and worked a walk. No other Redbird had more than one hit. Ryan Jackson doubled, drew a base-on-balls and touched home once in four at bats.
Monday's games: vs. New Orleans (30-32) (MIA). Game one - Completion of 04/10/13 contest at 6:05 pm CT, TBA, Maikel Cleto (2-2, 5.67)
Seth Blair, our Player of the Day, tossed a three-hitter over seven as Springfield blanked host Tulsa 5-0 to move back into a first-place tie with Arkansas.
Blair (W, 3-6) fanned seven and retired 13 consecutive batters at one point while issuing two free passes. The righty threw 86 pitches, 52 for strikes, with five ground outs and five fly outs. Jonathan Cornelius and Kevin Thomas wrapped it up by each tossing a scoreless frame.
The S-Cards (30-30) got to former St. Louis nemesis Roy Oswalt for a tally in the second plus two unearned runs in the fifth before hitting the Drillers' bullpen for single scores in the eighth and ninth. Xavier Scruggs launched his 16th long ball in the second and Audry Perez capped a three-hit night with his fourth bomb of the season in the ninth. Ruben Gotay singled twice in three at bats with a walk and a run scored.
Monday's game: at Tulsa (29-32), 12:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (1-3, 5.24)
Sunday night's Florida State League contest at Port Charlotte was cancelled due to heavy rains and unsafe field conditions. With the first half of the season nearing its end, the game will not be made up.
Monday's game: vs. Dunedin (33-26) (TOR), 6:35 pm ET, TBA
The Chiefs pounded out 13 hits, six four extra bases, in their 9-1 shellacking of the River Bandits at home. Peoria (33-27) leads the series two games to none.
Eight of nine starters joined the hit parade with five Chiefs having two hits each. Both of Peoria's home runs were solo shots from Jeremy Schaffer. Jacob Wilson was perfect at the plate, singling and doubling in two at bats with three walks, two runs scored and another driven in.
Jake Westbrook moved his rehab tour from Springfield to Peoria and got the win for the Chiefs. Westbrook permitted a run on four hits over seven with five strikeouts and 14 ground outs. He threw 76 pitches, 53 for strikes. Thomas Lee gave up a hit over the final two frames while fanning three.
Monday's game: vs. Quad Cities (34-27), 7:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (2-2, 4.54)
Monday's game: vs. DSL Blue Jays (4-3), 10:30 am ET, Jorge Rodriguez (0-1, 0.00)
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