The Redbirds banged out 12 hits with all nine starters having at least one in their 7-4 victory at Round Rock in the series opener. Memphis (52-55) took sole possession of first with the win, a game ahead of Iowa (CHC).
Eight of nine Redbirds either scored or drove in a run and Ryan Jackson, Greg Garcia and Travis Tartamella did both. All three touched home once with an RBI while Jackson joined Chad Huffman and Justin Christian with two hits apiece. Kolten Wong added his eighth bomb of 2013, a three-run home run that was part of four tallies in the third.
Nick Additon upped his record to 7-6 after giving up three runs on eight hits and a base-on-balls in 5 1/3. All three tallies came in the fourth, two of them via a long ball. Sam Freeman yielded a hit in 1 1/3 before Victor Marte permitted a run on two hits and a free pass in the eighth. Keith Butler earned his first Triple-A save by retiring all four batters faced.
Saturday's game: at Round Rock (59-48), 7:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (4-4, 4.61)
Zach Petrick fanned nine in six frames as the S-Cards downed the Naturals 7-2 at home to even the series at one game each. Second-place Springfield (17-18) sits three games in back of Arkansas (LAA) and Northwest Arkansas (KC).
Petrick held the opposition to single scores in the second and fifth, yielding a total of six hits while not issuing a free pass. The right-hander threw 88 pitches, 56 for strikes, and induced six ground outs to one fly out. Justin Wright, Heath Wyatt and Lee Stoppelman each tossed a scoreless frame.
Tied one all after three, the home team broke out for five in the fourth before adding a final run in the sixth. Xavier Scruggs had a fine day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a solo shot, two runs scored and two knocked in. Adam Melker and Mike O'Neill added two hits apiece with Melker touching home once plus an RBI while O'Neill tripled, walked and drove in one. Casey Rasmus went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Saturday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (20-15), 6:9 pm CT, Tim Cooney (6-5, 3.52)
The Beach Birds out-hit their opponent 12-to-5 but could not produce when it mattered most as they fell to visiting Daytona 4-2. Palm Beach (18-13) has lost the first two of four against the Cubs, resulting in a drop to second, a game behind St. Lucie (NYM).
The PB-Cards' offense featured four players with two hits each. One of Jonathan Rodriguez' two was his 10th long ball of the season, a two-run bomb that ended Daytona's shutout bid in the eighth and brought Starlin Rodriguez across.
Starlin Rodriguez and David Popkins both singled twice in five at bats while Alex Mejia singled and doubled in four at bats. Jonathan Rodriguez swiped his 17th base of 2013 as well. Catcher Jesus Montero was tossed from the game by the first base umpire after he fanned swinging in the fifth.
Kurt Heyer dropped to 3-3 when he yielded four runs, three earned, on four hits and four base-on-balls through six. Heyer struck out five. Logan Billbrough retired the side in order twice and Iden Nazario gave up a hit in the ninth.
Saturday's game: vs. Daytona (18-12), 6:35 pm ET, TBA
A six-run seventh kept the visiting Chiefs from a three-game sweep as they fell to the Kernels 6-2. Peoria (17-16) remains in fourth, five behind Cedar Rapids (MIN).
Chris Perry (L, 1-1) held the Kernels to just one hit through six but fell apart in the seventh, yielding four tallies on four hits and a sac fly. Two of his runners crossed under Brady Adamek's watch who also yielded two runs of his own before recording the final out. Perry fanned three in 6 2/3 while Adamek gave up three hits, a walk and a hit batter in 1 1/3.
Saturday's game: vs. Kane County (CHC), 6:30 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (2-3, 4.89)
The Spikes took the first of two versus the Doubledays thanks to a four-run third. State College (19-18) is in third place, five in back of Jamestown (PIT).
Carson Kelly's bases-loaded single was the big blow, driving in Cesar Valera (RBI single) and Bruce Caldwell (double) for the third and fourth tallies of the frame. Jimmy Bosco's sixth triple of 2013 brought Steven Ramos across after the latter reached on a fielder's choice that erased Luis Perez (lead-off single) from the base paths. Bosco raced home on Valera's single and Caldwell's double led to an intentional free pass being issued to David Washington which jammed the sacks for Kelly. Kelly led the team with three singles in four at bats while Valera went 2-for-4 as the only other Spike with more than one hit.
Kevin Herget and Chase Brookshire continued their tandem arrangement with Herget taking the first shift and getting his fourth win in as many decisions. The New Jersey native shut out Auburn on five hits and a free pass over five while fanning four. Herget coaxed six ground outs to two fly outs.
Brookshire limited his opponent to a run on four hits while not walking a batter to earn his first professional save. The southpaw struck out two with five ground outs and one fly out. Each pitcher was charged with a wild pitch.
Saturday's game: vs. Auburn (12-26), 7:05 pm ET, Arturo Reyes (0-1, 2.45)
Dailyn Martinez threw a one-hitter through six as the JC-Cards flew over the Twins 3-1 to snap a seven-game slide. It was the sixth straight loss for Elizabethton and gives the Appy Birds the opener of their three-game set. Johnson City (15-18) sits in fourth, eight behind Greeneville (HOU).
Player of the Day Martinez (W, 2-1) strangled the Twins on a hit and two walks while inducing 12 ground outs to three fly outs and notching two strikeouts. He hit one batter. Zach Lorraine fanned four with one hit allowed over the next two frames before Michael Holback gave up an unearned tally on three hits in the ninth. Holback struck out three and was credited with the first save of his pro career.
Vaughn Bryan led off his team's half of the game with his second home run of the season and was one of eight Cardinals with one hit. Bryan drew the only free pass issued by Elizabethton's pitching staff. Ronnierd Garcia added his second long ball of 2013 in the fourth, a two-run blast that plated Kenny Peoples-Walls (single). Peoples-Walls added his eight stolen base of the season.
Saturday's game: vs. Elizabethton (17-16), 6:30 pm ET, Hansel De Los Santos (1-2, 5.40)
The Gulf Birds scored three in the fourth plus two in the fifth to flip a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 triumph over the Marlins. The second-place Cardinals (16-14) trail the Nationals by eight.
Shortstop Leobaldo Pina singled three times in four at bats while touching home once to pace his team. Third baseman Rafael Medina went 2-for-4 with a double and triple, scored one and drove in another. Second baseman Chris Rivera's only hit in four at bats was his third home run of the season that also brought Jake Stone (triple) across in the fourth.
Steven Farinaro tossed the first two innings, yielding a run on two hits while fanning three. Eric Fornataro followed with a perfect third in his third rehab appearance. Fidencio Flores was credited with his fourth win against one loss by holding the Marlins to a tally on two hits and a hit batsman over three. Ian McKinney worked around three hits and a base-on-balls in two innings while Kyle Grana faced the minimum in the ninth.
Saturday's game: at GCL Marlins (12-19), 10:00 am ET, TBA
The Dominican Birds plated two in the first but could not sustain their momentum as they fell to the Tigers 6-3 at home. The DSL Cardinals (25-20) are tied with the DSL Pirates2 for fourth, six in back of the DSL Cubs.
Will Changarotty's record fell to 3-2 when he allowed four runs on seven hits, including a two-run home run, and a walk in five. Tandem mate Derian Gonzalez gave up two tallies on four hits and three base-on-balls over the final four innings. Changarotty hit one batter and Gonzalez threw two wild pitches.
Third baseman Robelys Reyes' two singles in four at bats were half of the Cardinals' hits. Reyes scored the second run in the first on a ground out by first baseman Joaquin De La Cruz. De La Cruz doubled and scored on an error in the fourth. All three tallies scored by the Dominican Birds were unearned due to five Tigers errors.
Saturday's game: at DSL Tigers (31-14), 10:30 am ET, Frederis Parra (4-1, 1.82)
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