Mitchell Boggs yielded six tallies, three earned, in two frames as the Redbirds were trounced by visiting New Orleans 7-0. Memphis (35-33) claimed the series three games to two.
Boggs (L, 0-2) went unaided by his team's defense, which committed back-to-back fielding errors that resulted in three of the four first-inning runs being unearned. The righty gave up five hits, two walks and a wild pitch with two strikeouts in two.
Nick Additon, who has piggybacked Boggs' last two starts, fanned six in four innings, giving up a sixth-inning tally on two hits, a base-on-balls, sac fly and hit batsman. Jorge Rondon worked around two hits in the seventh and Marc Rzepczynski struck out three over the final two frames with a hit and walk allowed. The southpaw has been scored upon only once in his last nine appearances covering 12 1/3 frames.
The Redbirds' offense was limited to just four hits, two of them by Brock Peterson. The first baseman singled and doubled in three at bats while working one of the two free passes issued to Memphis.
Friday's game: at Albuquerque (35-32) (LAD), 8:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (1-3, 6.95)
Northwest Arkansas 3 vs. Springfield 2 (7) – game two
Springfield's drive for a first-half division title took yet another setback on Thursday as they were swept by last-place Northwest Arkansas 8-1 and 3-2 on the road. The S-Cards (31-34) have dropped four of their last five, including two of three to the Naturals with two games remaining in their current series.
In game one, Tim Cooney (L, 3.4) could not make it out of the fourth, after yielding three in the first plus four more in his final inning. Cooney coughed up 11 hits, including a two-run bomb, and a walk in 3 2/3 with four strikeouts.
Travis Miller inherited a bases-loaded jam and could not notch the final out of the frame before four more runners crossed. Miller gave up a single that plated two, wild-pitched in another run and then watched as a fielding error by Jake Lemmerman permitted an unearned run of his own to come home. The Florida native retired the next six batters, two via strikeout.
The only run mustered by Springfield came in the fourth when James Ramsey led off with his first Double-A triple. Ramsey scored on a ground out by Ruben Gotay. Ramsey added a single in three at bats with three other Cardinals having one hit each.
The three runs permitted by starter Jonathan Cornelius in the third inning of game two was enough to send the S-Cards down to defeat. Two of the three tallies came on a two-run home run, one of four hits yielded by Cornelius (L, 0-1) in 4 1/3. He issued two free passes, struck out two and threw a wild pitch. Heath Wyatt gave up two hits with a wild pitch over 1 2/3.
Springfield translated their 10 hits into straight numbers in the fourth and seventh. Mike O'Neill led off the fourth with the second of two singles and eventually scored on a single by Chris Swauger, his only hit of the game. O'Neill came up with Cody Stanley already across in the seventh and Lemmerman on second but grounded out to end the game.
Stanley reached on a force and subsequently touched home on Lemmerman's pinch hit single that saw Lemmerman advance to second on the throw to the plate. Vance Albitz and Gotay had two hits apiece with Gotay's double accounting for the Cardinals' only extra-base hit.
Friday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (22-43), 7:00 pm CT, Seth Blair (3-5, 5.46)
A six-run second was more than the Beach Birds could overcome as they were easily handled by Dunedin 13-5 at home. Palm Beach (28-37) claimed the series three games to one.
Jay Voss (L, 0-3) yielded six runs on five hits and two base-on-balls in 1 2/3. Jacob Booden recorded the final out in the second to strand one of Voss' runners before giving up a two-out double plus a walk in the third. Iden Nazario served up two long balls that produced three of the four tallies charged to him on four hits and a walk over 1 2/3.
Brady Adamek was perfect in his professional debut, stranding an inherited runner at second in the fifth before tossing a one-two-three sixth. He fanned one. Danny Miranda allowed five hits, one a solo shot, which resulted in three runs in the seventh before Zach Petrick tossed two scoreless frames with three strikeouts.
The PB-Cards' five runs came on 11 hits, led by Stephen Piscotty, Nick Longmire and David Popkins with two hits each. Piscotty and Longmire each scored once while Piscotty and Popkins knocked in one. Longmire had one of five doubles by the Beach Birds.
Friday's game: Palm Beach is off for the Florida State League All-Star break. Play will resume on Monday, June 17th when they take on first-half division winner Fort Myers (MIN) on the road.
Kyle Helisek's solid performance led the Chiefs to a 4-0 shut out of the LumberKings on the road. Peoria (35-29) salvaged the final game of three against Clinton.
Helisek, our co-Player of the Day, fanned eight in six innings, scattering five hits and three base-on-balls. Helisek induced five ground outs to one fly out. Joey Donofrio struck out two over the seventh and eighth while yielding two hits.
Thomas Lee took the mound to begin the ninth but was ejected, along with Chiefs manager Dann Bilardello, before facing a batter. Robert Stock took over and worked around a double and single to preserve the shut out.
Jacob Wilson singled once in two at bats with a base-on-balls, touched home once and drove in another. He was replaced by a pinch runner after being hit in the head with a pitch to open the ninth. Retaliation for that led to the Lee and Bilardello ejections. Wilson was not seriously injured.
Friday's game: at Cedar Rapids (40-25) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Joey Cuda (3-3, 4.44)
Julio Mateo and Andy De La Cruz combined to toss a one-hitter only to see the Dominican Birds (3-6) lose 1-0 to the DSL Orioles2 on the road.
Mateo, our co-Player of the Day, struck out four over five with one hit and two walks permitted. De La Cruz was charged with his second loss when he gave up an unearned tally in the sixth. The runner reached on a two-out fielding error, advanced to second on a free pass and raced home on a wild pitch-throwing error combination by the Cardinals' catcher. The lefty went on to throw two more scoreless innings.
Friday's game: vs. DSL Orioles2 (6-5), 10:30 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 8.10)
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