The Redbirds began their eight-game road trip with a thud, falling to Albuquerque 7-2. Memphis (35-34) remains in first, 3 ½ games in front of Iowa (CHC) and Omaha (KC).
Scott McGregor (L, 1-4) could not finish the fourth, yielding five runs on eight hits and four free passes in 3 1/3. Eric Fornataro stranded one of McGregor's runners in the fourth but served up a two-run bomb in the fifth, the only hit he allowed, along with a hit batsman, in 1 2/3. He did not walk a batter. McGregor and Fornataro each fanned two.
Trailing 7-0 after five, Memphis finally broke through for two in the sixth. Oscar Taveras reached for the only time in the game when he worked a free pass ahead of Brock Peterson's 13th long ball of 2013. A single by Kolten Wong represented the Redbirds' other hit. Peterson also worked one of six base-on-balls permitted by the Isotopes staff.
Saturday's game: at Albuquerque (36-32), 8:05 pm CT, Maikel Cleto (2-3, 5.72)
A four-run eighth propelled the S-Cards to an 8-4 road victory over Northwest Arkansas. Springfield (32-34) managed to keep pace with first-place Tulsa (COL) who also won. The Cards remain tied for second with Arkansas (LAA), 1 ½ games back.
Kevin Thomas was the pitcher of record when the S-Cards turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead and he evened his record to three wins vs. three losses as a result. Thomas gave the Naturals the lead in the seventh when he served up a solo shot. The 26-year-old yielded two hits and a walk over two while fanning four.
Seth Blair flirted with danger during his entire start, giving up 10 hits in six but held the opposition to straight numbers in the second and fifth. Blair struck out six, hit one batter and did not issue a free pass. Deryk Hooker allowed a solo bomb in the ninth, one of two hits he permitted that frame.
Blair exited with the game knotted at two all thanks to the Cardinals' single scores in the third and fifth. The visitors polished off their attack with two in the ninth. Mike O'Neill, our co-Player of the Day, had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, two base-on-balls and four runs scored. Ruben Gotay, our second co-Player of the Day, smashed two two-run home runs, that accounted for four of his five RBI. Four other Cardinals had one hit apiece.
Saturday's game: FSL All-Star Game at Dunedin (TOR), 7:05 pm ET
The Chiefs capitalized on two 10th-inning errors to score four unearned runs in their 6-2 defeat of host Cedar Rapids. Peoria (36-29) moved into third with the win and Quad Cities' loss, a half game up on the River Bandits.
Joey Cuda followed up his best start of 2013 on the 8th with another fine performance, shutting down the Kernels on five hits and a base-on-balls through six. Cuda fanned four and was in line for his fourth victory before Dixon Llorens took the mound in the seventh. Llorens struck out two of three that frame but gave up a single and home run in the eighth that tied the game at two all.
Joe Scanio picked up his second win in three decisions when he held Cedar Rapids scoreless on two hits in the ninth and tenth. Scanio induced five ground outs to one fly out and did not issue a free pass.
The Chiefs banged out 13 hits, led by Patrick Wisdom and Nick Martini with three each. One of Wisdom's hits was his 10th long ball of the season, a solo blast in the fourth that got his team on the scoreboard. Martini also touched home once while driving in one. The big blow in the 10th was Luis Perez' pinch-hit bomb that plated Martini and Jesus Montero. It was Perez' first at bat of 2013.
Saturday's game: at Cedar Rapids (40-26), 5:05 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (3-2, 4.07)
A four-run fifth transformed a tight contest into an easy 6-1 victory by the Dominican Birds over the DSL Orioles2 at home. The DSL Cardinals (4-6) stand in seventh, four games behind the DSL Nationals.
Will Changarotty, our third co-Player of the Day, earned his first win in his second appearance and first professional start. The 17-year-old right-hander fanned seven through six with four hits allowed and no free passes issued. Derian Gonzalez picked up his first career save by yielding a run on three hits over the final three innings. The right-hander struck out three.
Second baseman Jeffry Cerdas had three of his team's eight hits, all singles. Cerdas crossed home once. Both of third baseman Jorge Baez's hits went for extra bases, a double and solo bomb that produced one of his two RBI's. Center fielder Magneuris Sierra tripled, touched home once and drove in two.
Saturday's game: vs. DSL Yankees1 (6-5), Frederis Parra (0-0, 0.00)
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