Carlos Martinez allowed only four base runners through 7 2/3 as Memphis blanked Iowa 6-0 at home. The Redbirds (38-40) have taken the first two of four with the Cubs and pull into a first-place tie with them as a result.
Martinez (W, 2-1) tossed a dominating outing, the best of his six Triple-A starts, giving up a two-out double in the second, lead-off single in the seventh plus an infield single with two out in the eighth that finished his night. Another runner reached in the fifth due to a throwing error by the right-hander. Martinez struck out eight with nine ground outs and three fly outs.
Sam Freeman yielded a single to his first batter faced that moved Martinez' runner into scoring position. A foul tip strikeout ended both the threat and the inning. Fernando Salas extended his scoreless streak to three frames over three appearances with a perfect ninth.
Memphis converted 10 hits and four base-on-balls into one second-inning tally plus a big five-run third that put the game away. Brock Peterson was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, two-run bomb and two runs scored. Oscar Taveras hit an opposite field double that cleared the bases in the third for three RBIs but left the game with an apparent aggravation of his ankle injury after scoring ahead of Peterson.
Monday's game: vs. Iowa (38-40), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (5-2, 4.46).
The S-Cards (4-2) took game four of their home series with Arkansas 4-1 to gain a split and gain sole possession of first over the Travelers by one game.
The only mark against Nick Greenwood (W, 3-4) was a solo shot yielded to the final batter faced. Greenwood scattered seven hits over 6 1/3 with a free pass and four strikeouts. Lee Stoppelman (1 1/3), Heath Wyatt (1/3) and Deryk Hooker (one) combined to keep the opposition off the base paths for the contest's balance with Hooker picking up his fifth save.
Center fielder James Ramsey was responsible for three of his squad's four tallies, going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Stephen Piscotty hit his first Texas League home run in his second Double-A game while Ruben Gotay went 3-for-4 with a double and two driven in.
Monday's game: Springfield is off for the 2013 Texas League All-Star game which will take place on Tuesday at Northwest Arkansas. Six Cardinals have been named to the team. Regular season play resumes on Wednesday, June 26th.
Beach Birds pitchers put their team in a 7-0 hole midway through the fifth and they could not recover, falling 7-5 to visiting Fort Myers. Palm Beach (1-3) sits two games behind Fort Myers and Bradenton (PIT).
Kurt Heyer (L, 1-2) wore the goat horns for Palm Beach, allowing three in the first, one in the second plus two more in the fifth. Heyer gave up six hits and two base-on-balls over 4 2/3 while fanning three and hitting two batters.
Eight of nine PB-Cards had at least one of their team's 11 hits with David Popkins, Anthony Garcia and Danny Stienstra having two apiece. Popkins doubled and knocked in two while Stienstra smashed his second long ball of 2013 and added another RBI.
Monday's game: vs. Fort Myers (3-1), 12:05 pm ET, Kyle Hald (2-6, 5.61).
Two walks in the eighth proved the difference as the Chiefs were edged by host Beloit 3-1. Peoria (1-3) dropped the series one game to three and has now fallen three off the pace in the Western Division.
Hector Hernandez (L, 4-3) limited the Snappers to a first-inning tally on four total hits through seven but he issued two free passes in the eighth, one intentional, that came around to score after his departure. The first of two singles given up by Joe Scanio brought both runners across.
Peoria's only run came in the sixth when Jacob Wilson led off with his 15th double of 2013, advanced to third on a single by Jordan Walton and raced home on Patrick Wisdom's sac fly. Nick Martini singled twice in four at bats for one-third of the Chiefs' hits and was the only player with more than one hit.
Monday's game: off. The Chiefs begin a home set on Tuesday against the Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU).
Bruce Caldwell hit his first State College home run to bring the Spikes to within a run in the seventh inning, but the visiting Jamestown Jammers held on for the victory. The Spikes fell to 4-3 on the season.
With State College quickly down 1-0 in the first, Jimmy Bosco led off with a triple and scored on Cesar Valera's groundout to tie the game. The Jammers plated three more in the top of the second with two runs unearned due to a missed catch error by left fielder Ronald Castillo
The Spikes drew close again with single runs in the next three frames. Luke Voit brought in a tally with an RBI single in the second, and David Washington notched a sacrifice fly to center with the bases loaded in the third to bring the Spikes within a run at 4-3. After Jamestown added another, Valera came right back with an RBI single to make the score 5-4 going into the fifth.
The Jammers tacked another run on in the seventh inning before Caldwell answered with his home run. He would be the Spikes' final baserunner, however.
Bosco, who went 2-for-5, including a triple and two runs scored, was the only Spikes player with multiple hits. Valera drove in two.
Starter Juan Bautista (0-2) took the loss after yielding five runs, two earned, on eight hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. One of the unearned runs was due to his throwing error on a pickoff attempt. The right-hander struck out two.
Monday's game: vs. Jamestown (5-2), 7:05 PM ET, Chris Perry (0-0, 2.25).
The Cardinals emerged victorious in their home opener, scoring a run in the bottom of the 10th inning. The walkoff win extended Johnson City's undefeated start to four games.
Consecutive singles by Kenny Peoples-Walls and Rowan Wick with one out in the 10th set up Kyle Grieshaber's game-ending sacrifice fly. Peoples-Walls went 3-for-4 including a double and scored three times. Wick had two hits in four at-bats and plated two.
Fernando Baez was the Cards' final pitcher, getting the win after fanning both batters faced in the top of the 10th. After starter Dailyn Martinez allowed three runs, two earned, in 3 2/3 innings, relievers Anderson Gerdel, Stalyn Lopez and Zach Loraine combined for 5 2/3 one-run frames to keep the Cards close.
Monday's game: vs. Danville (2-1), 7:00 PM, Hansel De Los Santos (season debut)
With all Sundays off, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals head into their week of home and away contests against their divisional foes and only regular-season opponents, the Mets, Nationals and Marlins.
Monday's game: at GCL Mets, noon ET, TBA
The Dominican Summer League also takes Sundays off. This week, after the Cardinals finish off the two-game set with Pittsburgh2, they play home and away contests against Cincinnati and Mets1 and the opener at Baltimore2 on Saturday.
Monday's game: at Pittsburgh2, 10:30 AM ET, TBA
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