The Redbirds' losing skid hit five as they fell 6-2 at Iowa. Memphis (40-46) will try to prevent a three-game sweep by the Cubs Wednesday evening.
The offense was limited to just four hits with no Redbird having more than one. Brock Peterson, just named to start in the 2013 Pacific Coast League All-Star Game, drove in both runs, one of them on his league-leading 20th long ball of 2013. A ground out by Peterson plated Kolten Wong in the first after Wong smashed his seventh triple of the season.
Coming off a two-wek rest, Michael Wacha (L, 4-2) was not sharp, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3. Those eight hits were comprised of three doubles, three triples and a two-run home run. Wacha fanned nine.
Jorge Rondon recorded the final two outs in the sixth, leaving one of Wacha's runners on. Rondon issued a free pass and struck out one. Mitchell Boggs served up a two-run bomb in the seventh, the first of his two innings on the bump.
Wednesday's game: at Iowa (44-42), 7:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (4-3, 4.57)
Springfield (5-7) comes off a dismal road trip that saw them win only one of six contests. They begin a six-game home stand where the S-Cards will face the same two teams they just played on the road. Springfield will try to snap a four-game slide Wednesday night when they play Corpus Christi.
Wednesday's game: vs. Corpus Christi (5-7) (HOU), Jonathan Cornelius (0-2, 4.82)
The first-place Beach Birds (7-4) face Charlotte (7-5) whom they lead by a half of a game. In an unusual one-and-two series, Palm Beach plays the opener at Charlotte before hosting the Stone Crabs for two more.
Wednesday's game: at Charlotte (TB), 6:30 pm ET, TBA
The Chiefs made four hits and two runs stand up in their 2-1 squeaker at Burlington. Peoria (5-7) took the first of two against the Bees.
Cory Jones won for the fourth time in five decisions and while not as sharp as his previous outing, his performance continues to raise the question of how much longer it will be before he is promoted. The 21-year-old scattered eight hits and a base-on-balls through seven with two strikeouts, 12 ground outs and three fly outs. A tally in the sixth was the only mark against him.
Joey Donofrio pitched around two hits and a free pass over the final two frames for his first professional save. Jones and Donofrio combined to hold Bees batters hitless in 10 runners-in-scoring-position opportunities.
Peoria put a straight number on the scoreboard in both the first and second. C.J. McElroy opened with a triple and came in on a ground out by Charlie Tilson. Breyvic Valera singled to begin the second, advanced on a ground out and scored on Ildemaro Vargas' two-out single. McElroy, Tilson and Valera each drew one of six free passes issued by Burlington's pitching staff.
Wednesday's game: at Burlington (1-11), 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (6-2, 3.55)
A five-run sixth was more than enough to send the Spikes down to defeat at the hands of the Crosscutters.
Ben O'Shea (L, 2-1) allowed just four base runners through the first five and saw two of them wiped out on double plays but ran into trouble in the sixth. O'Shea served up three doubles and a single to kick off the frame and end his night.
Jhonny Polanco allowed the starter's remaining base runner to cross on a long ball by the first batter faced, giving O'Shea a final line of four runs yielded on six hits, a base-on-balls and a hit batsman in five plus. He struck out three. Polanco settled down to retire the next six in a row.
Mitch Harris gave up a single in two innings while fanning one with two ground outs and three fly outs. It was only the second hit allowed by the Navy veteran in five games covering seven innings. Harris has walked one in that span.
State College (8-7) banged out 10 hits but went three-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded six. Eight of nine Spikes had at least one hit with Cesar Valera and Bruce Caldwell each having two. Valera and Caldwell singled and doubled in four at bats with Caldwell crossing once. David Washington and Steven Ramos each had an RBI while Carson Kelly went 1-for-3 with a walk, double and run scored.
Johnson City (7-5) travels to first-place Elizabethton for one game then hosts Kingsport for three.
Wednesday's game: at Elizabethton (10-2), (MIN), 7:00 pm ET, Alex Reyes (1-0, 2.16)
The Gulf Birds' game was suspended due to rain with two out in the top of the sixth and the Cardinals having just tied it up at four all. It is scheduled to be completed as part of a twin bill on July 10th.
Wednesday's game: GCL Cardinals (4-5) at GCL Nationals (8-2), 12:00 pm ET, Juan Perez (0-2, 2.57)
No results reported. Likely another rainout.
Wednesday's game: DSL Brewers (7-18) at Cardinals (13-11), 10:30 am ET, TBA
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