Greg Garcia's bases-clearing single in the 11th gave the Redbirds a 6-3 win at Nashville and evened their four-game series at one win each. Memphis (46-50) remains in second, two in back of Iowa (CHC).
Adron Chambers (single), Ryan Jackson (single) and Kolten Wong (walk) all reached base after two outs in the frame and all raced home when Garcia lined a pinch-hit single into center. Jackson joined Brock Peterson and Tommy Pham with two hits apiece and each touched home once. One of Pham's two hits was his first Triple-A home run, a solo blast in the eighth that put the Redbirds temporarily up 3-2.
Nick Greenwood picked up his second win in five decisions, holding the Sounds to a hit while striking out one over the ninth and tenth. Fernando Salas worked around a base-on-balls for his third save.
Tyler Lyons went 5 2/3, yielding a long ball to begin the second and another tally in the sixth. The southpaw gave up on three hits and two walks while fanning five. New arrival Michael Blazek stranded an inherited runner in the sixth, going 1 1/3 with a hit and free pass issued. Sam Freeman allowed Nashville to tie the game at three all when an unearned run scored in the bottom of the eighth on a hit, two bases-on-balls and a Jermaine Curtis fielding error.
Saturday's game: at Nashville (33-63), 6:35 pm CT, Boone Whiting (4-4, 4.94)
Tim Cooney (W, 5-5) struck out nine in 5 2/3 as the S-Cards shut out host Northwest Arkansas 4-0 to take a three-games-to-two lead in their four-game set. Third-place Springfield (10-11) is four games off first-place Arkansas' pace and a game behind the Naturals.
Cooney's nine K's were key to him keeping the opposition off the board as he yielded seven hits and two free passes during his stint. Justin Wright gave up a single in the sixth but stranded a runner of Cooney's when he recorded one of his two strikeouts over 1 1/3. Jose Almarante finished off Northwest Arkansas with a hit yielded in two innings.
The S-Cards pushed across single tallies in the first and fifth plus two more in the sixth. Mike O'Neill singled twice in four at bats with a walk and run scored. Five other players had one hit, including Xavier Scruggs who went 1-for-2 with a double and three free passes while scoring once. Cody Stanley drove in two and Adam Melker, who replaced Stephen Piscotty in right to begin the fifth, knocked in one.
Saturday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (11-10), 7:00 pm CT, Richard Castillo (5-5, 4.38)
Jay Voss coughed up eight tallies in just 3 2/3 innings in the Beach Birds' 10-8 loss to Brevard County. Palm Beach (13-8) is perched in first, a game and a half up on Charlotte (TB).
Three of the 10 hits yielded by Voss were long balls that accounted for six of the eight runs charged to him. Voss issued two free passes and struck out four. Travis Miller permitted a run on two hits over 2 1/3 while stranding an inherited runner. Robert Stock gave up an unearned tally on one hit and two bases-on-balls while fanning three in 1 2/3. Iden Nazario faced the minimum over 1 1/3, striking out three and stranding three of Stock's runners.
The PB-Cards pushed across single scores in the third and fifth and two more in the seventh before plating four in the ninth to make the final score competitive. David Popkins swung a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a double and triple, one run scored and three driven in. Matt Williams was the only other Cardinal with more than one hit, singling twice in three at bats with a walk while touching home three times.
Saturday's game: vs. Brevard County (12-8), 5:35 pm ET, Kurt Heyer (2-2, 4.23)
A lead garnered by a three-run seventh did not hold up as the Chiefs fell 4-3 at Lansing on Friday. The last-place Lugnuts have won just five games in the second-half, two of which came in this three-game series. Peoria (10-11) is tied with Clinton (SEA) in fourth, five behind Beloit (OAK).
Chris Perry was outstanding in his full-season debut, striking out nine over five while allowing just three hits and a walk to shut down the Lugnuts. Thomas Lee gave Lansing the lead in the sixth when he permitted two to score, one earned, on a hit, base-on-balls, hit batsman and two errors.
Three of the five hits in all accumulated by the Chiefs came in the seventh. Ildemaro Vargas doubled home Jordan Walton (single) and Breyvic Valera (single). Vargas advanced to third on a wild pitch and C.J. McElroy's sac fly to left brought him in. It was after that play that Lansing's manager was booted from the game. It was the second ejection of the contest as Jimmy Parque was tossed in the third after striking out looking and arguing with the umpire.
Saturday's game: at Great Lakes (14-8) (LAD), 6:05 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (2-1, 4.86)
The Spikes' contest at Aberdeen was suspended midway through the third with the visitors trailing 6-1. Juan Bautista absorbed the most damage after allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits and two walks over two innings. Steven Ramos contributed the only Spikes run with an RBI single.
The game will not be completed as the two squads are not scheduled to meet again this season. Second-place State College (14-10) trails Jamestown (PIT) (16-9) by a game and a half in the standings.
Johnson City 7 vs. Pulaski 6 – game two
The Appy Birds split a pair against the Mariners, dropping the opener 8-2 but salvaging game two, 7-6. Johnson City (12-9) is in second, two in back of Elizabethton (MIN).
Luis Perdomo saw his record fall to 1-2 when he yielded six runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks in 4 2/3 in the first game. Two of the six tallies came via a long ball to go with five strikeouts.
Nick Lomascolo allowed all three inherited runners to cross in the fifth plus one of his own on two hits and two free passes while recording just one out. Stalyn Lopez walked five in 1 2/3 to go with one hit yielded but that miraculously translated into just one unearned tally.
Ronnierd Garcia and Vaughn Bryan each had two of their team's six hits. Garcia doubled twice in three at bats while touching home once with an RBI. Bryan went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and his ninth steal of 2013.
Game two was not finished until Justin Ringo worked a base-on-balls to push across Ronnierd Garcia in the bottom of the ninth (of the scheduled seven-inning game) for a walk-off win. Garcia began the frame with his 11th double then watched as Pulaski's pitcher issued three consecutive free passes. It was the third double in the game for Garcia who went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two knocked in. Brett Wiley went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and four RBI.
Will Anderson allowed a first-inning tally then shut out the opposition over the next two before getting into trouble in the fourth. Anderson loaded the bases without recording an out then gave way to Brandon Lee who allowed all three runners to cross plus one of his own that frame. Anderson's final line was five runs on six hits in three plus while Lee went two frames, permitting a run on four hits.
Zach Loraine struck out four over the sixth and seventh with two hits allowed. Michael Holback was credited with his first win as a pro when he held Pulaski scoreless on two hits and a free pass over the final two innings.
Saturday's game: at Bristol (6-14) (CWS), 7:00 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (1-1, 4.15)
Sub-par performances by Logan Billbrough and Marco Gonzales sent the Gulf Birds to a 6-1 defeat by the Gulf Marlins. The GCL Cardinals (9-9) are tied for second with the Fish, five and a half in back of the GCL Nationals.
Billbrough (L, 0-1) navigated around a one-out double in the first but yielded four singles in the second that plated two runners. The righty struck out one in two frames. All four hits allowed by Gonzales over two innings came in the fourth, three singles and a double that, combined with a wild pitch, pushed across three more runs. He struck out three.
Steven Farinaro gave up a tally on two hits in two while Ian McKinney kept the Marlins off the board in the seventh and eighth, permitting two hits and a walk. Free agent signee Kyle Grana fanned two in the ninth, allowing one hit.
Though far less heralded than Gonzales, Farinaro and McKinney, Grana has begun his professional career with six straight outings without giving up an earned run, covering 9 2/3 frames. He has yielded six hits while not issuing a free pass during that span.
The home team's only tally occurred in the seventh when designated hitter Elier Rodriguez singled to open the frame and came home on centerfielder Carlos Torres' first triple of the season. Rodriguez was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and base-on-balls and accounted for half of his team's total hits. Right fielder DeAndre Asbury went 2-for-3 with a double.
Saturday's game: at GCL Marlins (9-9), 10:00 am ET, TBA
Three runs allowed over the last two innings sent the Dominican Birds to a 3-2 road loss. The DSL Cardinals (18-15) are third in the eight-team Boca Chica South Division, five behind the DSL Cubs.
Derian Gonzalez (L, 1-1) gave up three tallies, two earned on four hits, a hit batsman and two wild pitches in 3 1/3. He struck out five. Will Changarotty held the Rojos to four hits over the first five with one plunked batter and two strikeouts.
The visitors pushed across single tallies in the third and seventh, both thanks to the Rojos' defensive miscues. Magneuris Sierra scored both times on bases-on-balls. Henry Alvarado and Joaquin De La Cruz each doubled in three at-bats to account for two of the Cardinals' three hits.
Saturday's game: vs. DSL Mets1 (16-18), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (2-1, 2.49)
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