Brock Peterson's 19th long ball of 2013 gave the Redbirds (40-41) a 5-3 walk-off win and a one game to none lead in their three-game set with the Isotopes.
Fernando Salas tossed a scoreless ninth and 10th with three strikeouts and two hits allowed for his first win. Boone Whiting issued four free passes and hit one batter over the first 3 2/3, yielding one tally and no hits while striking out six. That run crossed when Jorge Rondon gave up a triple and cut Memphis' lead to 2-1. It was the only hit permitted by the right-hander in 1 1/3.
Marc Rzepczynski fanned two and yielded two hits in two frames before Mitchell Boggs allowed two to cross, one of them earned, on two hits and a plunked batter in the eighth. It was Boggs' first blown save.
Peterson's home run was his third hit of the game in five at bats and came with Kolten Wong aboard. Wong added a double to his 10th-inning single, walked once and scored ahead of Peterson. Six other Redbirds had one hit each.
Friday's game: vs. Albuquerque (44-37), 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (2-4, 6.68)
A five-run ninth gave Springfield (5-3) a dramatic 6-5 victory over host Corpus Christi to even the three-game series at one game apiece.
The S-Cards trailed 4-1 going into the ninth having been held to just two hits but five singles and a three-run bomb by pinch hitter Cody Stanley turned that into a 6-4 lead. Luis Mateo singled twice in four at bats while crossing twice and driving in one. Vance Albitz went 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.
Kevin Thomas (W, 4-3) was the pitcher of record when his teammates took the lead, having shut down the Hooks on a hit over two frames with four strikeouts and no base-on-balls. Jonathan Cornelius yielded two tallies, one earned, on five hits and three free passes through the first five while fanning five.
Justin Wright served up a two-run home run, one of two hits allowed to go with one walk and two strikeouts in his only inning of work. Heath Wyatt immediately got into trouble in the ninth when he permitted consecutive singles without recording an out. Lee Stoppelman got the first out on a sac bunt before issuing an intentional free pass to set up a force play. A 4-3 groundout scored one run but Stoppelman earned his first Double-A save when he got a fly out to right for the final out.
Friday's game: @ Corpus Christi (4-4), 7:05 pm CT, Seth Blair (3-6, 5.19)
The Beach Birds (4-4) built a 10-1 advantage that survived five Mets' tallies over the final three frames for a 10-6 victory at home. Zach Petrick earned his first Florida State League win in his first decision, yielding one run on five hits and a walk through six. Petrick fanned three with six ground outs and seven fly outs.
Jay Voss gave up a three-run blast in the seventh plus one run in the eighth on four total hits and two walks. Ronnie Shaban allowed one tally on four hits in the ninth, the second time in his last three appearances he has permitted runners to cross.
The PB-Cards banged out 12 hits, five for extra bases, with all nine starters producing with either a hit or a run scored. Danny Stienstra smashed his third home run of 2013 to go with two singles in five at bats while scoring two and driving in four. Anthony Garcia and Juan Castillo each had a single and double while touching home once. Nick Longmire and Jonathan Rodriguez both knocked in two while Rodriguez crossed once.
Friday's game: at St. Lucie (4-4), 6:30 pm ET, Tyrell Jenkins (0-0, 8.10)
Peoria (3-4) built a 5-2 lead through six then held on to down Quad Cities 5-4. The Chiefs lead the series two games to one.
Kyle Helisek improved to 6-2 by keeping his opponents to a two-run second with four hits and two free passes issued over five. Mike Aldrete allowed a run on two hits with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 and Zach Russell yielded a solo bomb, the only hit given up by him in 1 1/3 while fanning two as he continues on the road back from injury. The only base runner allowed by Robert Stock in the ninth was via a base-on-balls as he earned his third save.
Peoria pushed across two in the first then three more in the fourth that broke a two-all tie. Nick Martini continues to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple, one run scored and another knocked in. Martini has gone .400/..400/.525/.925 in his last 10 games covering 40 at bats.
Friday's game: vs. Quad Cities (5-2), 6:30 pm CT, Joey Cuda (3-3, 4.68)
The Spikes (6-4) mustered just two hits as they were blanked by host Mahoning Valley 2-0 for a split of their brief two-game series. Nick Petree took the tough loss when he permitted a run in his fourth and final inning of work. Petree gave up three hits and a free pass with four strikeouts.
Victor De Leon worked two scoreless frames, giving up two hits while not walking a batter. He fanned one. Jeff Rauh served up a solo shot eighth, his second inning on the mound. Rauh struck out two.
Friday's game: at Batavia (4-5, 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Pierce (0-0, 6.00)
A balanced scoring attack helped the Appy Birds fly over the White Sox 5-3 at home. Johnson City (7-1) has taken the first two of three versus Bristol.
Eight different JC-Cards had a hit with Ronnierd Garcia's first long ball of 2013, a two-bomb, being the only one that went for extra bases. Vaughn Bryan drove in two and stole his fifth (second base) and sixth (third) base of the season in a 1-for-4 performance. Kenny Peoples-Walls touched home two times and additionally swiped a bag.
Reliever Norge Paredes picked up his first win by hurling four frames of one-hit, one-walk ball. Paredes struck out four with six ground outs versus one fly out. He was pitching in relief of starter Luis Perdomo who allowed single tallies in the first and second, both unearned, on five hits in four. Perdomo fanned six with five ground outs, one fly out and did not issue a free pass. Fernando Baez walked the bases full in the fifth then permitted a runner to cross on a sac fly.
The Gulf Cardinals (3-3) were blanked 4-0 by the Nationals on the road. Juan Perez's record dropped to 0-2 when he issued five free passes and two hits that translated to three tallies, two earned, in three plus frames.
Ismael Brito got a swinging K and 4-6-3 double play to escape a bases-loaded with none out mess inherited from Perez in the fourth. Brito allowed a run on four hits in three while Javier Machuca and Jordan Swagerty both tossed a perfect frame. Each Cardinals hurler fanned one.
The Gulf Birds matched their counterparts' six hits but not their results. Catcher Elier Rodriguez singled twice in three at bats while C.J. McElroy began the road back from a toe injury that has sidelined him since May 1st. McElroy singled once in two at bats before being pinch hit for in the fifth. Shortstop Oscar Mercado went 1-for-4 with two more stolen bases.
Friday's game: vs. GCL Marlins (1-3), 12:00 pm ET, Isaac Silva (1-0, 0.00)
The Cardinals (11-10) were clipped by the Mets 2-1 at home. Both of the tallies were unearned due to three errors by the home team.
Ronald Sanchez (L, 0-1) issued three base-on-balls in the sixth after watching a batter reach on a fielding error. The final walk forced across the tie-breaking run.
Jorge L. Rodriguez shut down the opposition on four hits over the first three with two strikeouts. Rigobert Urena yielded the tying score in the fourth, the first of two frames by lefty. Urena walked two, threw a wild pitch and was called for a balk. Frendy Gavin allowed two hits in the final three frames, walking four and fanning three.
Center fielder Magneuris Sierra singled three times in four at bats to lead his squad. First baseman/catcher Sergio Ripoli went 2-for-4 with his third stolen base as the only other Cardinal with more than one hit.
Friday's game: at DSL Mets1 (11-10), 10:30 am ET, TBA
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