Five tallies late in the game broke a three-all tie and gave the Storm Chasers both a game and series win at Memphis (45-49).
The Redbirds had battled back to knot the game up with two runs in the bottom of the seventh but the mix of Nick Greenwood and Jorge Rondon yielded four in the eighth plus one in the ninth. Greenwood (L, 1-3) struck out two of three faced in the sixth before permitting a run on three straight singles in the seventh. The lefty gave up two more singles and a double to begin the eighth that plated another runner and left two in scoring position for Rondon. Both runners crossed under his watch plus one of his own before he escaped the frame. Rondon gave up another tally in the ninth. Former Redbird Maikel Cleto got both the blown save and the win for Omaha. ,p> The home team banged out 11 hits but stranded 11 as well. Ryan Jackson went 4-for-5 while touching home once. Tommy Pham singled twice in five at bats with an RBI.
Redbirds starter Michael Wacha left the game after five innings down, 2-1. The right-hander gave up four hits and two walks. He fanned three.
Thursday's game: at Nashville (32-62) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (3-2, 1.98)
In the series opener, the visiting S-Cards (8-11) matched the Naturals run-for-run until the bottom of the sixth when a grand slam sent them to their third consecutive loss.
Seth Blair was not very productive for Springfield, giving up five runs on six hits and four base-on-balls through five. Although the right-hander exited with his squad down 5-3, Blair got off the hook when the Cardinals pushed across two in the top of the sixth. Blair fanned four and was called for a balk.
Jose Almarante could not work around fielding errors by shortstop Jake Lemmerman and first baseman Xavier Scruggs in the sixth, yielding one tally on two errors sandwiched around a single. Almarante departed after recording two strikeouts and loading the bases via a free pass.
Heath Wyatt served up the big one to the first batter faced to give Almarante the unusual line of four unearned runs allowed on one hit and one base-on-balls in 2/3 of an inning. Wyatt gave up a run on two hits over 1 2/3. Cory Baker walked one in the eighth.
The S-Cards had as many free passes issued to them as hits (four) and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Scruggs blasted his 22nd home run of 2013 in the first with none aboard for his only hit in two at bats. Scruggs worked two base-on-balls and crossed twice. James Ramsey was hitless in two at bats but had two RBI on sac flies.
Thursday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (11-8), 7:00 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (5-4, 6.09)
Hector Hernandez won his Florida State League debut and the Beach Birds clinched a series win against visiting Bradenton with Wednesday's 4-2 victory. Palm Beach (12-7) goes for the three-game sweep this evening.
Hernandez worked in and out of trouble during his five-inning stint, yielding five hits and four free passes while striking out three. His outing was bracketed by solo shots given up in the first and fifth. The southpaw plunked a batter as well.
Thursday's game: vs. Bradenton (6-13), 6:35 pm ET, Zach Petrick (2-0, 0.35)
The Chiefs (9-10) managed just two hits against one of the worst pitching staffs in the league as they were shut out 1-0 at Lansing in the series opener.
Kyle Helisek (L, 6-4) scattered eight hits while not issuing a free pass in seven innings, yielding just one run in the second. Helisek struck out four with seven ground outs and seven fly outs. Brady Adamek fanned two of three faced in the eighth in his Midwest League debut.
C.J. McElroy went 1-for-3 with one of his team's three base-on-balls but was erased once on the base paths when he was caught stealing. Ildemaro Vargas singled in two at bats while working a free pass.
Thursday's game: at Lansing (4-15), 6:05 pm CT, Joey Cuda (4-4, 4.39)
The bats of State College (14-9) were pretty quiet in their 2-1 loss at Aberdeen in game one of their three-game set.
The Spikes mustered just three hits, all singles, and two walks with their only tally coming in the fifth. Carson Kelly opened with a single, advanced to second on a passed ball and then moved to third on a single to left by Luke Voit. Kelly came home when Matthew Young ground into a double play. Voit worked a free pass as well.
Jimmy Reed (L, 1-1) yielded straight numbers in the first and third, allowing five hits with three strikeouts in four. He did not issue a free pass. Nick Petree, the second-half of the tandem arrangement, fanned five over the final four innings, with just three hits and a base-on-balls given up.
Thursday's game: at Aberdeen (13-10), 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Pierce (0-0, 3.12)
Johnson City's (11-7) series opener versus Pulaski was postponed due to rain. The two teams will try to get in a double-header today.
The Gulf Birds' plan to complete a game suspended on July 2nd and then play their regularly-scheduled contest did not pan out due to rain. The Cardinals (7-8) are scheduled to complete the suspended game today plus play their previously scheduled contest as well. Yesterday's scheduled game has been postponed until the Cardinals visit the Mets on July 17th.
Thursday's games: vs. GCL Mets (3-11). Prior scheduled game - 12:00 pm ET, Isaac Silva (1-2, 5.40)/TBA
The Dominican Birds' game at the home of the DSL Pirates2 was postponed due to rain. Whether the contest will be re-scheduled is unclear at this time.
Thursday's game: DSL Cardinals (17-14) vs. DSL Rojos (10-22), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (2-1, 2.49)
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