A seven-run fifth buried the Redbirds as they were pounded by host Round Rock 13-2. Memphis (36-40) won only one of the four-game series and now trail first-place Iowa (CHC) by two.
Boone Whiting's record fell to 4-3 after he gave up six tallies on nine hits in 4 1/3. Whiting struck out six with five ground outs versus two fly outs and did not issue a free pass. Eric Fornataro allowed two of Whiting's runners to come home plus four of his own on five hits, including a three-run slam, in 1 2/3.
Fernando Salas' second appearance of his rehab stint went as well as his first. The right-hander was the only Redbird hurler not to be scored upon, yielding a hit in seventh with one strikeout. Mitchell Boggs' struggles continue as he permitted three to touch home in the eighth on five hits.
Center fielder Oscar Taveras had three of his team's five hits, doubling once with an RBI. Jamie Romak doubled and scored while Adron Chambers came home after working a base-on-balls to begin the sixth.
Saturday's game: vs. Iowa (38-38), 6:05 pm CT, TBA
Cody Stanley's run-scoring single in the ninth gave the S-Cards a 5-4 victory over Arkansas at home. Springfield (3-1) sits atop the North Division, a game ahead of the Travelers (LAA) and Northwest Arkansas (KC).
The single was Stanley's second hit of the day, joining a solo shot in the second that put the Cardinals up 3-0, and drove in Chris Swauger who reached on a fielder's choice. Swauger went 2-for-4 with his seventh long ball of 2013, a solo bomb in the first, two runs scored plus two RBI. James Ramsey led off the first with his only hit in four at bats, a home run over the left field wall.
Heath Wyatt picked up his first Double-A win by shutting down Arkansas on just two hits over the final 2 1/3. Wyatt left a runner inherited from starter Tim Cooney on base as well. Cooney yielded three earned tallies on eight hits and a base-on-balls in 6 2/3 while fanning three.
Springfield manager Mike Shildt was tossed from the game in the ninth after a close play at third erased Ruben Gotay and allowed Swauger to reach.
Saturday's game: vs. Arkansas (2-2), 6:09 pm CT, Seth Blair (3-6, 5.23)
Closer Ronnie Shaban suffered his first blown save in 10 chances as the Beach Birds were clipped by the Mets 5-3 at home. Palm Beach (0-2) sits at the bottom of their division, two games in back of St. Lucie.
Shaban entered the ninth trying to protect a 3-2 advantage but gave up three tallies on four hits and two walks in 1 1/3 for his third loss in four decisions. Iden Nazario finished the inning, allowing one of three inherited runners to cross on a wild pitch.
Zach Petrick was solid in his first start for the PB-Cards, permitting an unearned run on four hits over four. Petrick struck out four and did not issue a free pass. Corey Baker followed with one run yielded on a hit and two base-on-balls in three while fanning three.
Danny Stienstra led his squad's offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Both of Colin Walsh's hits went for extra bases, a double and a solo blast. Five other Cardinals had one hit each, including recent returnee Starlin Rodriguez, who smashed his first long ball of the season which came with no one on.
Saturday's game: vs. St. Lucie (2-0), 5:35 pm ET, Tyrell Jenkins (debut)
The Chiefs got their first win of the second half as they edged the Snappers 4-3 on the road. Peoria (1-1) is knotted with three other squads, a game behind Cedar Rapids (MIN) and Quad Cities (HOU).
Thomas Lee received both his first blown save and second win of the season. A tally given up by Lee in the bottom of the sixth allowed Beloit to tie the game at three all but the 23-year-old was the pitcher of record when Peoria went up again in the top of the seventh. Lee permitted four hits in 1 1/3 and left two on for Dixon Llorens. Llorens gave up a single to load the bases before escaping with a strikeout and ground out. The righty went on to fan two of three faced in the eighth.
Four Chiefs either scored or drove in a run, led by Jacob Wilson, who hit a two-run bomb in his return from the disabled list. Wilson was denied another run scored when he was caught trying to steal home. Jordan Walton, one of three players with two hits, went 2-for-3 with a double and base-on-balls while touching home once. Jeremy Schaffer and Nick Martini each went 2-for-4.
Saturday's game: at Beloit (1-1), 7:00 pm CT, Joey Cuda (3-3, 3.95)
The Spikes combined a potent offense with effective pitching in their 12-1 shellacking of Auburn on the road. State College (4-1) has taken the first two of three with the Doubledays and is tied for first with Jamestown (Pit), two games up on three teams.
The visitors pounded out 20 hits, six for extra bases, which began with an eight-run second. Center fielder Jimmy Bosco, designated hitter Ronald Castillo and third baseman Carson Kelly had three hits apiece. Bosco doubled twice, crossed home two times with an RBI, Castillo was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, one scored and another driven in while Kelly went 3-for-4 with two base-on-balls and a run scored.
Castillo was replaced by Trevor Martin who was also perfect, going 2-for-2 with his first long ball of 2013 and another knocked in. Shortstop Michael Shultze and second baseman Bruce Caldwell had two hits each, touched home twice and drove in two. Right fielder Matthew Young singled and doubled in six at bats while touching home once with two RBIs.
Four Spikes pitchers scattered eight total hits and one walk, beginning with Nick Petree. Petree permitted three hits over the first four while fanning three. Mitch Harris issued a one-out walk in the fifth before giving up an unearned tally on back-to-back fielding errors by the Spikes' infielders that was followed by the only hit yielded by Harris in 1 1/3.
Saturday's game: at Auburn (2-3), 6:05 pm ET, Andrew Pierce (eighth round, 2013 draft – professional debut)
Four Appy Birds pitchers combined to shut out host Kingsport 5-0. Johnson City (2-0) has an early lead in the West Division, a game ahead of three teams.
Luis Perdomo was credited with the win in his Appalachian League debut, scattering five hits over five frames while issuing two free passes. The 20-year-old struck out four with eight ground outs and one fly out. Perdono threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.
Norge Parades yielded a hit and base-on-balls in two innings while fanning one. Stalyn Lopez struck out two of three faced in the eighth while Fernando Baez fanned his only batter faced in the ninth before the game was called early due to rain.
Center fielder Vaughn Bryan, our co-Player of the Day, accounted for four of his team's five tallies and was a long ball shy of the cycle. Bryan went 3-for-5 while crossing once, knocking in three more and stealing twice. Kenny Peoples-Walls singled and doubled in five at bats with a run scored and another driven in.
Saturday's game: at Kingsport (0-2), 6:00 pm ET, Jacob Booden (Appy League season debut)
The Gulf Birds' 2013 began with a big thud as they were shut out 7-0 by the Marlins.
Juan Perez took the loss, yielding three unearned tallies on four hits and two base-on-balls in four. Perez fanned six with six ground outs, one fly out, two wild pitches and one hit batter. All three runners crossed in the fourth and were unearned due to a fielding error and later passed ball.
Fidencio Flores gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks in 2 2/3 with three strikeouts. Javier Machuca notched the final out in the seventh to strand one of Flores' runners before tossing a one-two-three eighth.
The Cardinals managed just five hits and catcher Jose Godoy had three of them, all singles. Right fielder Carlos Torres went 1-for-3 and swiped two bags.
Saturday's game: vs. GCL Marlins (1-0), 10:00 am ET, TBA
Will Changarotty (W, 2-0) tossed five stellar frames in his team's 9-7 win over the Braves at home. The second-place DSL Cardinals (9-7) are three games in back of the Nationals in the Boca Chica South division.
Changarotty, our co-Player of the Day, entered the game to start the fourth with his team down 5-2. The 17-year-old tandem starter retired 12 of the first 13 faced with the only base runner to reach coming on his sole free pass issued. Changarotty gave up a lead-off single to open the eighth but the base runner was erased trying to stretch that hit into a double. The righty struck out two with seven ground outs to one fly out.
Derian Gonzalez, Changarotty's tandem-starter mate, was not nearly as effective, allowing five runs on three hits and four base-on-balls over the first three innings. Ronald Sanchez permitted a two-run blast in the ninth that brought the visitors to within two.
The Dominican Birds maximized their eight hits and 10 walks, pushing across two in the second, three in the fifth and sixth plus one in the seventh. Second baseman Allen Cordoba led in hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored but shortstop Edmundo Sosa was the most productive. Sosa's only hit in four at bats was a two-run home run but a free pass gave him the opportunity to touch home a second time. Third baseman Joaquin De La Cruz worked three base-on-balls and crossed twice. Left fielder Ruben Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two driven in.
Saturday's game: vs. DSL Pirates2 (9-8), 10:30 am ET, Frederis Parra (2-0, 0.53)
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