Victor Marte coughed up three runs in the eighth to transform a 3-1 lead into a 4-3 defeat by visiting Albuquerque. Memphis (40-42) falls to second in their division, a game in back of Iowa (CHC).
Marte (L, 2-2) yielded two hits, an intentional, hit a batter and was charged with a wild pitch that resulted in a strikeout victim at first base in the eighth. All came with two outs. The only runner to reach against Marte in the ninth was via a free pass.
Scott McGregor permitted a tally in the first before settling down to toss four more innings of shut out ball. The righty gave up five hits and two base-on-balls over five plus with two strikeouts, six ground outs and four fly outs. Sam Freeman fanned three in two perfect frames, leaving a McGregor runner on in the sixth.
The Redbirds had more walks (five) than hits (four) but pushed across a straight number in the first, fifth and seventh and Chad Huffman figured in all three tallies. In the first Ryan Jackson reached on a two-base throwing error by the Isotopes' shortstop, advanced on a fly out and raced home on Huffman's sac fly to left.
McGregor helped his own cause when he worked a free pass to open the fifth. Two straight hit batsmen put the pitcher on third and a ground out by Huffman plated him. The seventh began with a single by Jermaine Curtis who advanced first on a wild pitch then on a ground out and scored on a single by Huffman.
Saturday's game: vs. Albuquerque (45-37), 6:05 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (2-1, 1.82)
A single and run-scoring double in the 10th gave the Hooks both a walk-off 7-6 victory and a two-to-one series win over the Cardinals. Springfield (5-4) is tied with Arkansas (LAA) for second, a game behind Northwest Arkansas (KC).
The S-Cards knocked in three in the eighth to send the game into extras but could not break through for the decisive seventh run. Mike O'Neill and Luis Mateo had three hits apiece with O'Neill doubling once and driving in two while Mateo touched home one time with an RBI. Jake Lemmerman, Cody Stanley and Xavier Scruggs each had two hits as Springfield out hit their hosts 14 to eight.
Deryk Hooker entered the contest with one out in the ninth after Lee Stoppelman hit a batter. Hooker retired both batters faced in the ninth but yielded two hits and a walk in the 10th for his third loss against one victory.
Seth Blair gave up six runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk in six. Five of the six tallies crossed in the third. Blair fanned six. Jose Almarante allowed a hit with two strikeouts in 1 2/3. Stoppelman left Almarante's runner aboard in the eighth, recording two outs with the aforementioned plunked batter.
Saturday's game: at San Antonio (3-6) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (5-3, 5.58)
The Beach Birds drove in one in the ninth to tie and three in the 10th for a 5-2 triumph over the Mets on the road that also gave the visitors the series win. Palm Beach (5-4) is knotted in a three-way tie for first with Bradenton (PIT) and Charlotte (TB), one-half game ahead of Jupiter (MIA).
David Popkins' first hit in four at bats was his third long ball of 2013 and tied the game at two all in the ninth. Earlier, Anthony Garcia's 11th home run of the season temporarily put his squad up 1-0 in the second.
Palm Beach loaded the bases in the 10th on singles by Danny Stienstra and Jonathan Rodriguez plus a hit-by-pitch to Garcia. Casey Rasmus' line-drive single to center plated pinch runner Matt Williams and Rodriguez while Garcia came home on a double play.
Tyrell Jenkins allowed six hits and a base-on-balls in 6 2/3, with single scores crossing in the fourth and sixth. He struck out five with eight ground outs and three fly outs. Dean Kiekhefer was credited with his first win of 2013 by keeping St. Lucie off the board on one hit over 2 1/3 while fanning three and stranding an inherited runner. Ronnie Shaban worked around a lead-off single to earn his 11th save.
Saturday's game: at Bradenton (5-4), 6:30 pm ET, TBA
The Chiefs won 4-2 over the River Bandits at home on Friday to take the series, three-games-to-one. Fifth-place Peoria (4-4) has won three in a row but trails first-place Cedar Rapids (MIN) who has kicked off the second half with eight straight victories.
Joey Cuda earned his fourth win in seven decisions, yielding two runs, one earned, on six hits in six while fanning six. San Tuivailala allowed three hits over two while Robert Stock faced the minimum in the ninth for his fourth save. No Chiefs hurler issued a free pass.
Saturday's game: at Cedar Rapids (8-0), 6:35 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (4-3, 3.98)
The Spikes' return to their old stomping grounds at Batavia was postponed due to rain. The game has been re-scheduled as part of a Saturday double-header. Stte College (6-4) is tied with Jamestown (PIT) and Williamsport (PHI) for first, one and a half games in front of Batavia (MIA).
The JC-Cards garnered just four hits as they were hammered by visiting Bristol 8-0 on Friday. Johnson City (7-2) took the series three-games-to-one but trail first-place Elizabethton by a game in the standings. The Twins affiliate has won seven straight.
Nick Lomascolo (L, 1-1) yielded five tallies, four earned, on seven hits and three base-on-balls in 3 2/3. He fanned three. Anderson Gerdel recorded the final out in the fourth but not before giving up a double that plated Lomascolo's final runner.
Jacob Booden held up his side of the tandem start, allowing a single run on five hits and two walks over four with three strikeouts. Tyler Mills permitted two tallies on two hits and two free passes in the ninth. Mills hit two batters.
Kenny Peoples-Walls went 1-for-3 with his third stolen base of 2013 in a losing cause.
Saturday's game: at Princeton (1-7) (TB), 7:05 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (0-0, 4.91)
Logan Billbrough began his rehab stint by fanning two of three faced in the first but the Marlins scored early and often against Isaac Silva (L, 1-1). The left-hander gave up seven, four earned, on eight hits and three walks in 3 1/3. Silva fanned six.
Jonathan Escudero limited the opposition to two hits and a free pass with three strikeouts in 2 2/3. Escudero stranded one inherited runner. Kyle Grana allowed one unearned tally on two hits over the last two frames.
The Gulf Birds collected eight hits with right fielder Jhohan Acevedo having the only multi-hit game. Acevedo singled and doubled in five at bats but did not figure in the scoring. Three Cardinals each touched home once while two others were credited with an RBI.
The GCL Cardinals (3-4) join the Marlins in second place, three behind the GCL Nationals.
Saturday's game: at GCL Marlins (2-3), 10:00 am ET, Hector Salazar (0-0, 0.00)
DSL Cardinals at DSL Mets1 – previously suspended game not completed
The Dominican Birds dropped their contest against their hosts 2-1 in seven. The teams did not complete a game suspended after 3 1/3 on June 12th. The DSL Cardinals (11-11) are tied for fifth in the eight-team Boca Chica South division, three games in back of the DSL Cubs.
Will Changarotty (L, 2-1) took the tough loss when he yielded two unearned tallies in his third and final inning of work. The 17-year-old allowed two hits and three free passes with one strikeout. Yeison Medina fanned three while yielding one hit over the final three frames.
The Cardinals out hit their opponents six to three but went one-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven. Center fielder Magneuris Sierra singled and tripled in four at bats with an RBI. Shortstop Allen Cordoba went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Saturday's game: at DSL Orioles2 (10-14), 10:30 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 8.68) or Frederis Parra (2-0, 0.41)
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