The Redbirds scored all of their tallies in the first two frames as they flew past the Express 9-4 in the second of four games at Dell Diamond. The win snapped a six-game losing streak by Memphis (36-38).
Seven of the nine runs were produced by three long balls: three-run shots by Oscar Taveras and Chad Huffman plus a solo blast by Brock Peterson. All three later added a single. Taveras and Peterson touched home twice and knocked in four and two respectively. Huffman walked twice, scored once and drove in three. Third baseman Ryan Jackson went 2-for-3 with two base-on-balls while crossing once.
Nick Additon won for the fifth time in seven decisions, allowing four runs on eight hits and three free passes in five. Fernando Salas began his rehab by fanning two of three faced in the sixth. Sam Freeman yielded two hits over two innings while Mitchell Boggs tossed a perfect ninth.
Thursday's game: at Round Rock (41-33), 7:05 pm CT, TBA
Three two-run bombs propelled the S-Cards to a 6-2 triumph of Tulsa at home. Springfield (2-0) took the rain-shortened series two games to one.
The home team was out hit 11 to five but made their hits count. James Ramsey's fifth Double-A home run got his team on the score board in the third, driving in starter Ryan Sherriff (force) in the process. Roben Gotay followed in the fifth with his seventh long ball of 2013 that plated Tommy Pham (walk).
Xavier Scruggs' league-leading 19th blast capped the scoring in the eighth and brought in Chris Swauger (walk). Scruggs went one-for-two in stolen base attempts while Ramsey was nailed trying to swipe a bag.
Sherriff (W, 2-1) led a parade of six Cardinals hurlers, giving up two on seven hits and two base-on-balls in five. He struck out five. Heath Wyatt fanned two in the sixth before Justin Wright ran into trouble in the seventh.
Wright interspersed a single and double around a ground out and swinging K and left two in scoring position for Kevin Thomas. Thomas loaded the bases on a walk but escaped via a strikeout. Thomas got into an even bigger jam in the eighth when jammed the sacks full without recording an out. Lee Stoppelman slipped out of that mess via an infield pop out, strike out and ground out. Deryk Hooker fanned two of three in the ninth.
Thursday's game: vs. Arkansas (1-1) (LAA), 7:09 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (0-1, 4.66)
A four-run first capped by Nick Longmire's two-run blast gave the Beach Birds a lead they never relinquished as they downed Fort Myers 8-5 on the road. Palm Beach finished the first half in fifth place with a 29-39 record, 16 ½ behind the Miracle.
Alex Mejia had three of his team's eight hits, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Jonathan Rodriguez singled twice in four at bats while touching home once. David Popkins' only hit in four at bats was his second home run of 2013, a solo shot. Popkins drove in two. Longmire added a base-on-balls plus another RBI to his two-run long ball.
Jay Voss picked up his first win of the season and as a Cardinal by holding the opposition to two runs on four hits and two free passes in five. Aidan Lucas' 2013 debut did not go well as the righty yielded three tallies, one earned, on two hits and two walks in just one-third of a frame.
Dean Kiekhefer stranded three inherited runners to limit even further damage. Kiekhefer retired all eight batters faced in his return after over a month on the disabled list. Ronnie Shaban earned his ninth save with a perfect ninth.
Thursday's game: vs. St. Lucie (NYM), 6:35 pm ET, TBA
Peoria was off for the 2013 Midwest League All-Star break. They kick off the second half with a four-game trip to Beloit (OAK).
Thursday's game: at Beloit, 7:00 pm CT, TBA
State College's 8-3 victory over visiting Williamsport featured a tandem start by two 2013 draftees and the long-awaited professional debut of a 2008 draftee.
39th-Round selection Kevin Herget (W, 1-0) joined forces with Jimmy Reed (sixth Round) to toss the first 5 1/3. Reed began the game, yielding two unearned tallies on four hits and a base-on-balls with two strikeouts in two. Herget held the Crosscutters to three hits and a walk over the next 3 1/3, fanning two. He plunked one.
2008 draftee and former Naval officer Mitch Harris took the mound in the sixth, finally making his first pro appearance five years after being drafted in the 13th round. Harris tossed a wild pitch to advance two of Herget's runners into scoring position before settling down to retire all five faced on a strike out, ground out and three fly outs.
State College (2-1) pounded out 16 hits, led by Bruce Caldwell and Ronald Castillo, our co-Players of the Day, who had four apiece. All four of Caldwell's hits were singles and he touched home twice. Castillo doubled once, scored twice and knocked in two. All nine starters had at least one hit and seven of nine either crossed home or drove in a run.
Thursday's game: at Auburn (2-1) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET, Ben O'Shea (season debut)
Right-hander Yeison Medina did not record an out in the 10th as the DSL Cardinals (7-7) fell to host DSL Nationals 2-1.
Medina (L, 0-1) jammed the sacks full in the 10th on a lead-off single, wild pitch, fielder's choice that Medina fielded and intentional base-on-balls. The 20-year-old then permitted a run-scoring single that ended the contest.
Starter Ronald Medrano shut out the Nationals on six hits over the first five plus with a strikeout, 11 ground outs and two fly outs. He departed after the first two reached in the sixth via a hit batsman and single. Jose Lara came on to toss two scoreless frames before allowing a tally on three hits in the eighth.
Virgilio Encarnacion stranded Lara's two runners in the eighth, recording all three eighth-inning outs before tossing a scoreless ninth. Encarnacion issued three free passes and fanned two.
The Dominican Birds' only tally came in the third when third baseman Allen Cordoba began with a base-on-balls, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and came in on a sac fly by centerfielder Magneuris Sierra. Cordoba also singled once in three bats for one of his squad's three hits.
Thursday's game: at DSL Braves (7-9), 10:30 am ET, Julio Mateo (0-0, 1.00)
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