Three runs over the eighth and ninth were not enough for the Redbirds as they fell 5-3 to Albuquerque at home. Memphis (40-44) took game one but lost the next three against the Isotopes.
Nick Additon was charged with his fourth loss in nine decisions, yielding a tally in the second plus two in the third. The lefty gave up five hits and three base-on-balls in five with three strikeouts, a wild pitch and a hit batsman.
Although the Redbirds equaled the Isotopes' nine hits, the home team was a dismal 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Brock Peterson was the only Redbird with more than one hit, singling three times in five at bats with an RBI. Greg Garcia scored one and drove in another.
Monday's game: at Iowa (42-42) (CHC), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (3-1, 3.88)
The S-Cards dropped their third straight, this one a 3-2 decision at San Antonio. Springfield (5-6) will try to salvage the final game of three with the Missions on Monday morning.
Tim Cooney (L, 3-5) gave up one in the first plus a two-run bomb in his sixth and final inning on the mound. He fanned eight in 5 2/3, with six hits and two free passes, a wild pitch and was called for a balk. Jose Almarante (1 1/3) and Kevin Thomas (one inning) both struck out one with Almarante walking one.
Although neither figured in the scoring, Stephen Piscotty and James Ramsey each singled twice in four at bats while Piscotty also drew a free pass. Adam Melker's pinch hit single brought in Jake Lemmerman (triple) in the ninth to bring Springfield within one. A wild pitch advanced Melker into scoring position but Audry Perez, who singled home Luis Mateo (double) in the second, struck out and Vance Albitz lined out to end the game.
Monday's game: at San Antonio (5-6), 11:05 am CT, Richard Castillo (5-4, 4.28)
David Popkins and Danny Stienstra had three hits apiece and took part in three runs being scored in the Beach Birds' 7-5 silencing of the Marauders on the road. Palm Beach (7-4) won its fourth straight, including their first two of three at Bradenton, and sit atop the South Division by one-half game.
Popkins doubled twice with a walk, touched home two times and knocked in one. One of Stienstra's hits was a solo shot in the third to give his squad a 5-1 advantage. A single by the third baseman brought across Starlin Rodriguez in the first. Rodriquez had two RBI and stole two bags for a total of 14 on the season. Alex Mejia went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the third Cardinal with a multi-hit performance.
Kyle Hald yielded a single run in the second, third and sixth on six hits, including a solo shot, and a base-on-balls in six. Hald was charged with a wild pitch, balk and hit one batter while fanning three. Travis Miller gave up two in the seventh on a plunked batter, single and two-run double before jamming the sacks full in the eighth via a single and consecutive walks without retiring a batter.
Aidan Lucas cleaned up the mess with a fly out to shallow left followed by a 6-4-3 double play. Lucas worked around two base-on-balls in the ninth to earn his first save of 2013.
Monday's game: at Bradenton (5-6), 6:30 pm ET, TBA
The Chiefs went down to defeat by one run for the second straight day to host Cedar Rapids. Peoria (4-6) will try to prevent a sweep by the Kernels Monday evening.
Robert Stock suffered both his first blown save and first loss of 2013 when he gave up two in the ninth to give Cedar Rapids the walk-off win. Stock hit a batter then issued three free passes to force in the tying run before permitting the game-winning single.
Silfredo Garcia allowed eight hits and two walks that resulted in four runs over five while striking out three. He was charged with a wild pitch and hit two batters. Garcia departed with the score tied at four all, thanks to a three-run second plus one in the fifth.
Nick Martini went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and two driven in. Jeremy Schaffer singled and doubled in four at bats while touching home twice. Pinch runner Charlie Tilson scored the go-ahead run in the seventh after Schaffer reached and ended up at second on a throwing error. Jordan Walton went 2-for-4 with a walk.
Monday's game: at Cedar Rapids (10-0), 6:35 pm CT, Brad Watson (0-1, 9.00)
Five in the ninth broke open a tie game and salvaged the final game of three at Batavia. State College (7-6) snapped a three-game skid with the win.
The Spikes batted around in the ninth with Carson Kelly opening with a walk and finishing with a ground out. Five hits (one double), two base-on-balls and a hit batsman produced five runs, four earned.
Eight of nine starters either scored or drove in a run in the game. Cesar Valera, Adam Lewis, Mason Katz and Matthew Young all had two hits, with each having one extra-base hit. Valera, Lewis and Katz each crossed home once with Valera and Lewis adding an RBI. Steven Ramos doubled in four at bats with two driven in and one scored.
Kyle Webb earned his first win with 2 2/3 scoreless frames of two-hit, one-walk ball. Webb struck out three and pitched in relief of starter Chris Perry. Perry held the Muckdogs to three hits and two free passes with five strikeouts in 5 1/3. Two of the three hits and one walk began the third and produced two tallies. Mitch Harris induced three ground outs in the ninth for his fourth scoreless outing.
A free pass, sac bunt and RBI-single dropped the JC-Cards at Princeton on Sunday. Johnson City (7-4) has lost three straight, including the first two of three versus the Rays.
Anderson Gerdel took the loss, dropping his record to 1-1. Gerdel worked around a two-out single in the 12th but could not escape in the 13th.
Both runs charged to starter Hansel De Los Santos were via solo bombs, two of three hits and a free pass yielded over five with five strikeouts.
De Los Santos exited with his squad up 3-2 but Michael Holbeck served up his own solo shot in the eighth, his third and final inning of work. It was the only hit given up by the right-hander in that span. Holbeck fanned two. Fernando Baez struck out five in two frames with a hit and two base-on-balls.
Kenny Peoples-Walls and Lance Jeffries each had three of their team's 12 hits. Peoples-Walls touched home once with one driven in. Vaughn Bryan went 2-for-5 with a walk, batting lead-off. Although Brett Wiley was hitless in four at bats, he drew two free passes, scored one and knocked in another.
GCL Cardinals - off
Monday's game: GCL Cardinals (3-5) vs. GCL Mets (1-5), 12:00 pm ET, Dewin Perez (1-0, 0.00)
DSL Cardinals - off
Monday's game: DSL Cardinals (13-11) vs. DSL Orioles2 (10-15), 10:30 am ET, Jorge Rodriguez (0-1, 1.84)
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