Second-place (American Southern) Albuquerque (44-36) comes to AutoZone Park to take on the Redbirds (39-41) in a four-game series. The two clubs had a benches-clearing fight in Albuquerque on June 15 that led to almost a dozen suspensions.
Thursday's game: vs. Albuquerque (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (4-3, 4.75)
It was the "Night of the Long Ball" served up by S-Cards' pitchers as Springfield (4-3) was blasted 13-1 by host Corpus Christi.
Richard Castillo (L, 5-4) could not escape the third, coughing up 10 runs on 10 hits and two free passes in 2 2/3. Four of the tallies were directly produced by two home runs served up by the right-hander. Two of the six hits allowed by Cory Baker in 4 1/3 were also long balls that brought across four more runs, three of which were charged to Baker and one that went against Castillo. Jose Almarante tossed a scoreless eighth, giving up one hit and fanning one.
The Cardinals translated 10 hits into a single eighth-inning tally on a single that plated James Ramsey (single). Designated hitter Cody Stanley singled three times in four at bats. Right fielder Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a double for the only other multi-hit performance.
Thursday's game: at Corpus Christi (4-3), 7:05 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (0-2, 5.93)
Three St. Lucie runs in the eighth broke a tie as Palm Beach (3-4) fell late to the Mets on the road. The Beach Birds led 3-0 after three but two tallies each in the fourth and sixth yielded by Tyler Melling flipped that to a 4-3 deficit. Only one of the three tallies was earned. Melling allowed five hits, including a two-run blast in the sixth, in 5 1/3 but did not walk a batter.
Danny Miranda was on the mound when his teammates pushed across one in the seventh to knot the game up at four all. Miranda yielded a hit and base-on-balls over 1 2/3. Aidan Lucas was charged with his first loss in as many decisions when he permitted three tallies on five hits in the eighth.
Center fielder Starlin Rodriguez and catcher Casey Rasmus were the only Beach Birds had two hits each. Rodriguez singled and doubled in five at bats, touching home once with two RBI. Rasmus singled two times while knocking in one. Colin Walsh doubled in four at bats with a free pass and crossed home twice.
Thursday's game: at St. Lucie (4-3), 6:30 pm ET, Zach Petrick (0-0, 0.00)
Four of the Chiefs' pitching staff joined forces to hand Quad Cities their first defeat of the second half, as Peoria (2-4) slid by the River Bandits at home, 3-1.
Cory Jones (W, 3-1) allowed just two hits and three base-on-balls in six that produced one unearned tally. Jones fanned two with five ground outs, seven fly outs and one hit batter.
The Chiefs pushed across two in the bottom of the third when Gerwuins Velazco and Breyvic Valera had consecutive singles. That was followed by a fielding error by Quad Cities' first baseman that allowed Ildemaro Vargas to reach and brought Velazco and Valera across.
Just off the disabled list, Charlie Tilson singled to lead off the seventh. He advanced to second on a ground out and raced home on a 5-4 force out for Peoria's final run.
Thursday's game: vs. Quad Cities (5-1), 7:00 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (5-2, 3.55)
The Spikes took game one of two versus the Scrappers on the road by a 6-1 score.
Co-Player of the Day, centerfielder Jimmy Bosco, hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two knocked in. Although nine State College players had a hit, third baseman Michael Schulze was the only other Spike with a multi-hit performance. Schulze doubled twice in three at bats with a walk while crossing two times. Shortstop Cesar Valera and designated hitter Carson Kelly each had two RBIs. ,P. Ben O'Shea struck out six in six frames, limiting Mahoning Valley to two hits and a base-on-balls. The only mark against him was a solo blast in the third. Southpaw Jimmy Reed went the final three innings, giving up two hits while fanning two to earn his first professional save.
Thursday's game: at Mahoning Valley (4-6), 7:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (0-0, 0.00)
Five JC-Cards pitchers tossed a combined three-hitter as Johnson City coasted to a 5-1 victory over visiting Bristol.
Co-Player of the Day Alex Reyes fanned an eye-popping 11 White Sox in six frames while yielding just one hit and a free pass to earn his first professional win. Stalyn Lopez loaded the bases in the seventh via a plunked batter and two base-on-balls while recording one out before Anderson Gerdel retired both batters faced to end the threat.
Zach Loraine allowed one tally on a hit and walk in the eighth while Michael Holbeck worked around a hit and two walks to toss a scoreless ninth.
Catcher Rowan Wick went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, one run scored and three driven in. First baseman Justin Ringo singled and doubled in four at bats while touching home twice and knocking in one. Third baseman Ronnierd Garcia crossed the plate twice on a 1-for-3 performance that included a base-on-balls.
Thursday's game: vs. Bristol (2-5), 11:30 am ET, Luis Perdomo (1-0, 0.00)
The Gulf Cardinals (3-2) handed the Nationals their first defeat of 2013 on Wednesday afternoon, 6-2 at home.
Lefty Dewin Perez no-hit his opponents through five with the only batters reaching base on three base-on-balls plus a hit batsman. The 18-year-old fanned four with five ground outs and four fly outs.
Brandon Lee was charged with two runs, one earned, on two hits in 1 1/3. The free agent signee struck out two and did not issue a free pass. The final run charged to Lee touched home with Kender Villegas on the mound. Villegas fanned three in 1 2/3 and gave up one hit and walk. Juan Caballero faced the minimum in the ninth.
Eight of nine starters contributed to the Cardinals' 15 hits, led by catcher Jose Gomez and third baseman Rafael Medina with three hits each. Gomez was a perfect 3-for-3 with a triple, base-on-balls and run scored. Medina went 3-for-4 while touching home once and driving in another.
Highly-touted shortstop Oscar Mercado was hitless in three at bats in his pro debut but reached base twice on a hit-by-pitch and force out, scored a run and had back-to-back steals. He committed a throwing error that did not impact the game result.
Thursday's game: at GCL Nationals (4-1), 12:00 pm ET, TBA
The Dominican Cardinals (11-9) were out hit but not outscored in the 2-0 triumph over the visiting Rojos (Reds).
The Rojos had four hits to the Cardinals' two but all four went for naught thanks to the efforts of three Dominican Birds' pitchers. Ronald Medrano continues to impress, striking out six in seven frames while giving up just three hits and two free passes. The 17-year-old induced nine ground outs to two fly outs.
Thursday's game: vs. DSL Mets1 (10-10), 10:30 am ET, Julio Mateo (0-1, 1.88)
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