Nashville 5 at Memphis 4 – game two
Twice Memphis took it on the chin on Monday, falling to visiting New Orleans 7-2 and 5-4.
Game one completed an April 10th contest suspended with one out in the top of the 12th, a runner at third and four runs already across. When play resumed, Eric Fornataro yielded a sac fly for the fifth and final tally. Nick Greenwood was charged with his second loss, pitching in support of the since-departed John Gast. Gast and Sam Freeman combined for eight frames of shutout ball before Victor Marte suffered his third blown save of 2013 when he allowed two to cross in the ninth.
The best Memphis (32-32) could manage in game two was a 2-2 tie through three as they never headed the opposition. Maikel Cleto, who was charged with his third loss in five decisions, permitted four runs on eight hits and a base-on-balls over six with seven strikeouts. Jorge Rondon allowed a tally on two hits and a walk in two frames while Marc Rzepczynski recorded three swinging strikeouts in the ninth.
Eight of nine starters had at least one hit for the Redbirds, led by Ryan Jackson and Justin Christian with two hits each. Adron Chambers, Kolten Wong and Brock Peterson each hit a home run that resulted in all of their squad's tallies.
Nick Greenwood took his second loss of the night, this one in live action, as Springfield (30-31) was defeated by host Tulsa 5-3. Springfield remains tied for first with Arkansas with nine games remaining in the first-half of the season.
Greenwood (L, 1-4) yielded three tallies, two earned, on five hits, including a two-run bomb, and two walks over five. Justin Wright had an off night, giving up two runs on four hits in just 2/3 of an inning. Jose Almarante retired all four batters faced, stranding two of Wright's runners in the process. Almarante fanned two and Lee Stoppelman struck out one in a perfect eighth.
The S-Cards out hit the Drillers 11 to nine but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Ruben Gotay's night at the plate is a good example of his team's lack of results. Gotay singled three times in four at bats to lead Springfield in hits but he neither scored nor drove in a run. Luis Mateo was the only other Cardinal with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with two singles, a run scored and an RBI. Gotay and Mateo each added a stolen base to their individual stats.
Tuesday's game: at Tulsa (30-32), 7:05 am CT, Ryan Sherriff (1-1, 3.60)
Jonathan Rodriguez accounted for three of his squad's tallies as Palm Beach slipped past Dunedin 4-3 at home. The victory moves the PB-Cards (26-36) out of last place in their division.
Rodriguez, newly named to the 2013 Florida State League All-Star squad, celebrated by going 2-for-4 with a double and solo shot, touching home twice with an RBI. Ronald Castillo and Ronny Gil each crossed once and Juan Castillo singled twice in three at bats for Palm Beach's only other multi-hit performance.
Kurt Heyer was credited with his first A-Advanced win, yielding seven hits and a free pass that produced two tallies, one of them via a long ball. Heyer struck out two. Iden Nazario limited the Blue Jays to a hit in 1 2/3 before Zach Petrick gave up an unearned tally on a throwing error, passed ball and single in the eighth, the first of two frames by the right-hander who picked up his first save.
Tuesday's game: vs. Dunedin (33-27), 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Hald (1-5, 4.94)
Hector Hernandez limited his opponents to a single tally through seven as Peoria downed Quad Cities 5-1 at home for a three-game sweep of the series. The Chiefs (34-27) move ahead of the River Bandits into third, 4 ½ out, but any combination of either two wins by first-place Cedar Rapids (MIN) or losses by the Peoria will eliminate them from the first-half race.
Hernandez, our Player of the Day, scattered seven hits and two base-on-balls through seven and kept Quad Cities off the board until his last frame pitched. The southpaw struck out six with eight ground outs, three fly outs and a plunked batter.
Joe Scanio fanned two of three in the eighth before running into trouble the next inning. Scanio gave up a one-out free pass followed by a single that brought Robert Stock into the contest. Stock wild pitched both runners into scoring position before notching two swinging K's for his first professional save.
The Chiefs displayed a balanced scoring attack with all nine starters having at least one of their team's 11 hits. 2013 Midwest League All-Star Breyvic Valera and Patrick Wisdom had two hits apiece while crossing once. A triple by Wisdom was one of two extra-base hits by Peoria. Jacob Wilson, another 2013 All-Star, had the other extra-base hit, a two-run double in the fifth.
Tuesday's game: at Clinton (30-33) (SEA), 7:00 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (2-1, 5.84)
The Dominican Birds' contest was suspended after 5 ½ with the Blue Jays having just taken an 8-7 lead in the top of the sixth.
Tuesday's game: vs. DSL Mets1, 10:30 am ET, Ramon Santos (0-1, 9.00)
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