The Redbirds transformed 17 hits into a 9-3 win over New Orleans at home. The victory guarantees that Memphis (35-32) will take the five-game series which they now lead three games to one.
All eight Redbirds position players had at least one hit, headed by Rob Johnson, Justin Christian and Ryan Jackson with three hits apiece. Johnson doubled twice, touched home once and drove in three while Christian had a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Jackson doubled and scored once while knocking in one.
Kolten Wong matched Jackson's production with a double in two hits, run scored and an RBI. Brock Peterson had two doubles in four at bats, touched home twice and drove in one. Oscar Taveras went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Carlos Martinez scattered seven hits over six frames for his first Triple-A win. Martinez book-ended his stint with a tally in the first and sixth while striking out five. He induced nine ground outs to three fly outs, hit a batter and did not issue a free pass.
Thursday's game: vs. New Orleans (32-35), 11:05 am CT, Mitchell Boggs (0-1, 3.18)
The S-Cards were never headed as they pounded their way to a 9-5 road triumph over the Naturals in the first of six games at Arvest Ballpark. Springfield (31-32) is tied with Arkansas (LAA) for second, a half game behind Tulsa (COL).
The visitors pushed across three in the second, two in the third, straight numbers in the seventh and eighth plus two in the ninth. The 17-hit attack was spearheaded by Chris Swauger and Cody Stanley with three apiece. Both players had one of their squad's three doubles and knocked in a tally while Swauger crossed home once as well.
The only hit in five at bats for both James Ramsey and Mike O'Neill was a long ball. Ramsey sent a two-run bomb over the wall in the fourth and O'Neill's second home run of 2013 was a solo shot in the eighth. Each player scored another run. Jake Lemmerman went 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, double, two runs scored and three knocked in.
Anthony Ferrara upped his record to five wins versus three losses by allowing two runs on five hits and two free passes over five. The southpaw fanned four. Justin Wright kept the Naturals off the board on a hit over the next 1 1/3 but Heath Wyatt (one inning), Lee Stoppelman (2/3) and Jose Almarante (one) each yielded a tally.
Tyler Melling tossed seven solid frames as the Beach Birds flew over the Blue Jays 5-3 at home. Palm Beach (28-36) has taken the first three of four against Dunedin who is tied for first in the North division.
Melling (W, 2-2) allowed single tallies in the first, third and fourth on two doubles, a triple, single and sac fly. He fanned two and did not walk a batter. Ronnie Shaban held the opposition to a hit in the final two frames for his eighth save.
Jonathan Rodriguez, our co-Player of the Day, launched the scoring in the first with his fourth long ball of the season that plated Colin Walsh (fielding error) and Stephen Piscotty (single). Walsh tripled to open the third and raced home on a single by Alex Mejia. Mejia ran into a force out that put Piscotty on before the latter swiped his fourth bag of 2013. Rodriguez doubled in Piscotty for the PB-Cards' final tally. Piscotty's three singles represented one-third of his squad's total hits.
Thursday's game: vs. Dunedin (33-29), 12:05 pm ET, Jay Voss (0-2, 13.50)
Cory Jones was stellar through seven but the Chiefs' bullpen could not hold in a 3-2 defeat at Clinton. Peoria (34-29) has lost the first two of three with the LumberKings.
Jones, our co-Player of the Day, squashed his opponents on six hits with the only mark against him being a solo shot in the sixth that knotted the game up. The 21-year-old struck out two with 10 ground outs and five fly outs. He plunked one.
Jacob Wilson's ninth home run of the season put his team back on top in the eighth but Mike Aldrete suffered his second blown save when he permitted Clinton to re-tie the contest with a run on three singles and two walks, one intentional, in the bottom of the frame. Dixon Llorens (L, 1-2) loaded the bases with none out in the ninth on a single, double and another intentional walk before yielding a sac fly to give the LumberKings the walk-off win.
The Chiefs out hit their hosts 12 to 11 but stranded nine and grounded into two double plays. Wilson added two singles to his long ball while Ildemaro Vargas singled twice in five at bats with a run scored. Jordan Walton and Jimmy Parque had two hits apiece as well.
Thursday's game: at Clinton (32-33), 7:00 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (4-2, 3.93)
The DSL Cardinals' contest was suspended after 3 ½ with the Mets up 2-1. Ronald Medrano started for the Dominican Birds and allowed five hits over 3 1/3 with both runs coming on a long ball in the second. Medrano struck out five and walked one.
Designated hitter Luis Bandes had both of his team's hits, a double and triple, while scoring the only tally on a wild pitch in the second.
Thursday's game: DSL Cardinals (3-5) at DSL Orioles2 (5-5), 10:30 am ET, Julio Mateo (0-1, 2.25)
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