Eight runs in the eighth solidified a 5-3 lead to give the Redbirds a three-games-to-one series victory over the Sounds at home. Memphis (44-47) remains in second place, two off Iowa's pace.
The only mark against Tyler Lyons (W, 4-1) was a three-run long ball in the third that included the only other hit he gave up over eight strong frames. Lyons issued one free pass prior to the home run with nine strikeouts, seven ground-ball outs and six fly-ball outs on 88 pitches, 63 for strikes. Victor Marte allowed a hit while fanning one in the ninth.
Four Redbirds had already crossed before Adron Chambers came to the plate with the bases juiced in the eighth. Chambers sent his squad's third bomb of the night over the right field wall for a grand slam.
Kolten Wong got the long ball parade started with a solo shot in the first, his second home run in as many games and seventh on the season. Jaime Romak followed that up with a two-run blast that was part of a three-run third. It was Romak's 19th long ball of 2013 and his third in three games. Both Wong and Romak went 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls while Wong scored three times and Romak twice with three RBI. Rob Johnson singled twice with a double in four at bats while touching home once and knocking in three.
Monday's game: vs. third-place Omaha (40-50) (KC), 8:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (4-3, 5.07)
A three-run fifth by the Missions untied a four-all knot and San Antonio went on to even their three-game set at one game apiece. Springfield (8-9) is in third place, four behind Arkansas (LAA).
Richard Castillo saw his record drop to 5-5 when he allowed seven tallies, six earned, on nine hits and a base-on-balls in five. All seven runs were split between two frames. Castillo hit two batters, was called for a balk and struck out three. Jose Almarante and Deryk Hooker each permitted a runner to cross in the sixth and ninth, respectively, while Heath Wyatt fanned three over two innings with one hit given up.
The S-Cards out hit their counterparts 14 to 13 but went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10. Ruben Gotay had two of his team's three home runs, each with a runner aboard, and drew one walk. James Ramsey led off the seventh with his eighth Texas league bomb. Ramsey went 2-for-3 with a triple, home run, four runs scored and an RBI.
Monday's game: vs. first-place San Antonio (10-7), 8:09 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (1-2, 4.74)
Jonathan Rodriguez' sixth home run of 2013 was the difference in the game as the PB-Cards took game two of three with Jupiter to even the series at one all. Palm Beach (9-7) is in second, a half game in back of Fort Myers (MIN) and Charlotte (TB).
Danny Stienstra worked a free pass to open the ninth and was immediately replaced by pinch runner Matt Williams. Rodriguez' shot to left brought both across and broke a one-all tie. A sac fly by Rodriguez in the sixth allowed Starlin Rodriguez (double) to race in from third and put his team up 1-0. Rodriguez added two singles to his double and joined Colin Walsh as the only Beach Birds with multi-hit games. Walsh singled twice in four at bats.
Kurt Heyer had his second consecutive strong outing, going six innings with eight strikeouts and three hits yielded. New arrival Robert Stock was perfect in the seventh but ran into trouble in the eighth when he plunked the first batter then issued a two-out walk that ended his night. Danny Miranda (W, 3-1) gave up a single that tied the game, one of two hits allowed by the lefty in 1 1/3.
Monday's game: at Jupiter (7-9), 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Hald (4-6, 5.20)
The Chiefs never trailed in their 9-4 home win over the Snappers that gave them a three-games-to-one lead over Beloit with one remaining. Third-place Peoria (8-9) sits four games behind Beloit (OAK), Cedar Rapids (MIN) and Quad Cities (HOU).
Peoria's 16 hits included five doubles and two home runs with Jeremy Schaffer swinging the biggest bat. Schaffer went 3-for-4 with a double and both long balls, a walk, touched home three times and drove in four. Patrick Wisdom added two doubles to a single in five at bats with three RBI. Jordan Walton and Charlie Tilson also had three hits apiece with Walton having a double and base-on-balls while scoring once.
Brad Watson scattered nine hits and two wild pitches over 6 2/3 for his first win against two losses. Watson yielded two tallies, one earned, while fanning six. Thomas Lee served up two solo bombs in the eighth that comprised two of three hits and two free passes permitted by the righty in 2 1/3.
Monday's game: vs. Beloit (12-5), 7:00 pm CT, Cory Jones (4-1, 1.18)
The Spikes pushed across tallies in five straight innings to flip a 3-0 hole into a 12-3 triumph in the first of three with the visiting Scrappers. Second-place State College (12-8) is tied with Williamsport (PHI), a game and a half behind Jamestown (PIT).
Shortstop Cesar Valera missed the cycle by a long ball, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and one driven in. Centerfielder Jimmy Bosco, second baseman Mason Katz and right fielder Matthew Young had two hits each. Bosco tripled, scored one with an RBI while Katz and Young both touched home two times. Katz knocked in one and Young doubled. David Washington went 1-for-4 with a sac fly and three RBIs.
Chase Brookshire gave up one hit in two innings while fanning two in his minor league debut. All three tallies charged to Kevin Herget (W, 3-0) came in the third, the first of his three-inning stint. Herget allowed six hits.
Monday's game: vs. Mahoning Valley (7-14), 7:05 pm ET, Ben O'Shea (2-1, 4.41)
Dailyn Martinez was one of three JC-Cards hurlers to combine for a 7-0 shutout of Bluefield in the series opener. Johnson City (9-7) is in second, three and a half games in back of Elizabethton (MIN).
Martinez (W, 1-1) fanned eight over six, giving up five hits and a base-on-balls. Norge Paredes struck out three over the next two frames, issuing one free pass. Fernando Baez worked around a hit and walk in the ninth to preserve the shutout.
Eight of nine Appy Birds starts had at least one of their team's 15 hits. Kenny Peoples-Walls went 3-for-5 with a double, one scored and two driven in. Yoenny Gonzalez, Brett Wiley, Ronnierd Garcia, Kyle Grieshaber and Brian Vigo had two hits apiece and all but Garcia touched home at least once. Garcia doubled twice and all but Vigo had an RBI.
Monday's game: at first-place Bluefield (10-6), 7:05 pm ET, Hansel De Los Santos (0-1, 9.00)
GCL Cardinals - off
Monday's game: at GCL Nationals (11-3), 12:00 pm ET, Hector Salazar (0-0, 6.17)
DSL Cardinals - off
Monday's game: vs. DSL Cubs (20-9), 10:30 am ET, tandem start - Estarlin Arias (1-0, 1.13)/David Oca (0-0, 6.23)
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