Tyler Lyons held the opposition to just one hit through seven as the Redbirds easily handled the Cubs 7-0 at home. Memphis (39-41) claimed the series three games to one and moved back into a first-place tie with Iowa.
Lyons' first start since being optioned from St. Louis featured four strikeouts and no walks with seven ground outs and seven fly outs. Lyons yielded a one-out single in the first but picked the runner off in an attempted steal on the next play. The right-hander retired the next 18 batters faced before exiting after 71 pitches, 48 for strikes. Mitchell Boggs and Deryk Hooker finished off the fifth one-hitter in Redbirds' history by fanning one apiece in their respective frames. It was Hooker's Triple-A debut.
The Redbirds quashed any doubts as to the outcome by pushing across six in the first. Six of eight position players contributed to the win by either scoring or driving in at least one. Adron Chambers and Kolten Wong had two hits apiece and touched home once. Chambers tripled and knocked in two while Wong had a double and an RBI. Jaime Romak capped the scoring with his 16th long ball of 2013, a solo slam in the fifth. It was one of two runs scored and two driven in by the right fielder.
Wednesday's game: Off. Memphis hosts Albuquerque for four games, beginning on Thursday.
The South squad scored two in the second and eighth plus one each in the sixth and seventh to shut out the North team 6-0.
Springfield Cardinals Ruben Gotay (third) and Chris Swauger (left) both started for the North. Gotay was hitless in two at bats before being replaced. Swauger's double in four at bats was one of seven hits by his team and one of only two extra-base hits.
Tim Cooney, Heath Wyatt and Kevin Thomas all took the mound. The only hit Cooney allowed in the sixth was a solo bomb. He fanned two. Wyatt gave up three hits, including a two-run blast, in the eighth. Thomas entered in the ninth with a runner on third with two outs and induced a 5-3 ground out.
Wednesday's game: Springfield (4-2) at Corpus Christi (3-3), 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (5-3, 2.93)
The PB-Cards (3-3) held on to their 5-1 lead through four to win the rubber game of three with Fort Myers, 5-4.
Ryan Sherriff evened his record to 1-1, giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits, including a two-run home run, through five. The southpaw struck out four and issued one free pass.
Travis Miller fanned three with one hit permitted in the sixth and seventh. Dean Kiekhefer permitted a single in the eighth and ninth, the latter of which eventually put the tying run at third with only one out, but escaped to record his second save.
Anthony Garcia and David Popkins each had three hits for six of their squad's 10 hits. Garcia doubled and smashed his 10th long ball in the third, a solo shot. Popkins doubled twice, crossed once and stole his fifth base of 2013. Danny Stienstra went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Byron Buxton, the number two overall pick in the recent draft, made his pro debut for the Miracle, going 1-for-5 with a strikeout and an RBI.
Wednesday's game: at St. Lucie (3-3) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, TBA
Brad Watson took the loss in his first start for Peoria, allowing two tallies each in the third and fourth, as the Chiefs fell to the River Bandits 4-1 at home. Peoria (1-4) is off to a dismal start in the second half while their former affiliate, Quad Cities, is undefeated in five games.
The runs were the result of eight hits and a walk over four innings by Watson. Chiefs relievers held the opposition hitless over the final five frames. Sam Tuivailala issued two free passes in 1 2/3 while Thomas Lee fanned three in 2 1/3. Dixon Llorens struck out two of three faced in the ninth.
Wednesday's game: vs. Quad Cities (5-0), 7:00 pm CT, Cory Jones (2-1, 1.44)
The Spikes' home contest with the Jammers was suspended midway through the second due to rain with State College (5-3) up 2-0. It will be completed as part of a doubleheader when Jamestown returns on Thursday, August 29th.
Wednesday's game: at Mahoning Valley (4-5) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (0-0, 0.00)
The JC-Cards (5-1) pounded out nine tallies on 12 hits to trounce visiting Danville 9-0 and take the series two games to one.
Blake McKnight earned the victory in his professional debut, limiting the Braves to three hits with four strikeouts from the fifth through eighth innings. McKnight appears to be part of a tandem starting arrangement with right-hander Will Anderson who tossed the first four frames, giving up two hits while fanning three. Fernando Baez allowed a hit while striking out two in the ninth.
All nine starters had at least one hit with Vaughn Bryan, Brett Wiley and Ronnierd Garcia each having two. Center fielder Bryan added a base-on-balls and his fourth stolen base of the season, crossed three times and drove in one. Second baseman Wiley tripled, scored two and knocked in two while first baseman Garcia doubled with three RBI. Third baseman J.J. Altobelli went 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and one driven in.
Wednesday's game: vs. Bristol (2-4) (CWS), 7:20 pm ET, Alex Reyes (0-0, 7.71)
Swagerty fanned the first two batters faced swinging before yielding a double. The runner was caught stealing 2-5 to end the inning. Russell began the second by allowing a line drive single to center but picked off the runner for the first out. Russell then sandwiched a single up the middle around a pop out to short and swinging K.
Lucas (L, 0-1) permitted six runs, five earned, on six hits with three strikeouts. He did not walk a batter. Jonathan Escudero allowed both runners inherited from Lucas to touch home on a hit in 2/3 of an inning. Fidencio Flores hurled the final three frames, yielding two hits while fanning two.
The Gulf Birds (2-2) were held to six hits with catcher Jose Godoy and third baseman Rafael Medina each having two. Medina doubled and knocked in right fielder Ricardo Bautista for his team's only tally.
Wednesday's game: vs. GCL Nationals (4-0), 12:00 pm ET, TBA
The Dominican Birds' defense proved their undoing in a 7-4 road loss to the Rojos.
All five tallies given up by starter Ramon Santos (L, 2-2) were unearned due to three errors. Santos permitted four hits and two base-on-balls in 3 2/3 with four strikeouts. Jose Lara went the last 4 1/3, allowing one of two inherited runners to score plus two more of his own on four hits while fanning three.
Five Cardinals had one hit apiece and four touched home once. Third baseman Joaquin De La Cruz doubled once in two at bats while working three free passes and scored once. Designated hitter Henry Alvarado went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Wednesday's game: DSL Cardinals (10-9) vs. DSL Rojos (7-14), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (1-0, 1.64)
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